August 19, 2004 -- Posted at 10:45 a.m. CDT
Kids at Paragould High School will be coming back to a new science and technology center, and a new athletic complex.
Lots of changes for a campus already under construction.
"The new field that we're putting in, that's behind the times, so we're going to go back to Harmon and play there another season or part of a season and if the rain will stop, we'll get on the field before the season is over," said Shelby.
The Paragould School District has nearly 3,000 students. And to keep an eye on all of them, plans are to install a video surveillance security system later this year.
"It's simply another technology that can be used to help teachers teach and principals manage. We're going to use it as a preventive tool," said Shelby, "The thought is that 75-80% kids if they know they're going to be on camera, they're going to behave themselves. They're not going to do some of the things that they might would do. You can't have a teacher in every corner of the building, but you can have a camera."
And youngsters at Greene County Tech Primary will be starting classes in a whole new building today.
The 96,000 square foot building will house nearly 900 pre-schoolers to second graders.
"The idea was to take the smaller children off the main campus to alleviate traffic problems, and I think we're going to do that. The city has put in a left hand turn lane for us," said Smith.
Workers and teachers have been working around the clock to put the finishing touches on the new $7 million dollar project...and it's almost ready.
"On Sunday, the 22nd, were going to have a grand opening. At that point in time we should have everything complete but the gym floor," said Smith.
The project has been three years in the making and Principal Smith says the wait has been worthwhile.