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  • Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

Jonesboro High School host community open house, unveils new renovation

Updated: Sep 12, 2022

JONESBORO, Ark- The Jonesboro Public Schools hosted a community open house on Sept. 8 as they unveiled the new high school renovations to the public.

The state-of-the-art renovation to The Academies at Jonesboro High School features 20 new classrooms, and multiple offices. It also includes an expansion to the cafeteria, added parking spaces, and more.

Jonesboro Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kim Wilbanks says the remodel is much needed as they were pushed to their limits.

“Unfortunately, we were overcrowded and had individuals meeting in our field house, squeezed into locker rooms, and were using any available space,” she said.

The new addition addresses those issues and more for the growing school- that serves approximately 1,400 students. While also expanding academic opportunities.

“This year, we have classrooms for every student and every teacher. And it's just been a better situation for our students,” Wilbanks says.

Construction on the building began in February 2021 and finished this summer before the fall semester began.

Citizens could see firsthand what it’s like to be a Jonesboro Hurricane as students were stationed around the building and were able to showcase their work, from robotics to ceramics.

“Our future is in great hands with our students, and we’re lucky to have them,” Dr. Brad Faught, JHS executive principal, said. “You’re going to see a lot of talented musicians and a lot of leaders on our campus.”

Several JHS students say this is the perfect way to start their senior year.

“It’s really exciting, It’s so cool. It’s like, you’re not even in the same school,” students Isabella Williams, Rylee Hopkins, and Janarie Price said.

The trio says their favorite part about the new remodel is the large windows and interior balcony overlooking the new entrance.

The three-story building also features wide hallways- to help relieve traffic congestion. The students say the construction was worth the wait.

“Last year I’d always hear them banging on the walls, and now it’s so much better. It’s quiet, and to see the work they’ve done. Like, ‘ok, yes, it was so loud and took so long, but it’s so much better.”

Funding for The Academies at Jonesboro High School remodel was made possible through an August 20220 special election where residents voted to allow the district to restructure its bonds.


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