The Baldwyn (Miss.) district has begun construction of a vocational-technical facility.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the 11,900-square-foot Baldwyn Career Advancement Center will have include two workshops with extended ceilings, one conference room, four offices, two bathrooms, a lobby, a dock lift and expandable entrances.
Superintendent Jason McKay says the district and school board have been working for more than a year to make the facility a reality. Voters approved a $2 million bond issue in January to pay for the construction.
Prior to the bond vote, the district said that 40 Baldwyn students were traveling to the Prentiss County Vocational Education facility in Booneville for vo-tech classes, The new facility will enable Baldwyn to expand class options for vo-tech students and community members.
“We know that not every student is college bound, and some of our students learn best in hands-on environments," says McKay. "So we want to offer as many options as we can."
The Career Advancement Center will house four classrooms for vocational courses, including furniture manufacturing and manufacturing technician classes.
The center will be used not only by students from Baldwyn, but also by students from the Booneville and Prentiss County school districts.
District officials have worked with local companies to develop the classes that will be offered in the building. The companies also made equipment donations so that students at the center will be able to work with up-to-date manufacturing technology.
The Mississippi Department of Education will provide funding for five teachers, one principal, and one counselor for the vocational building, the district says.
Students will begin those courses in the high school’s main building in the fall and move to the Career Advancement Center when it’s completed, which McKay says will be after the 2017-18 school year begins.