Changes are Coming to Butler County Schools

Life for some Butler County students often means studying in a classroom with broken window panes and practicing track in a parking lot, but that will all change by the time school opens in six weeks.

Sitting on top of all the red dirt is a building the Greenville High School athletic department has wanted for a long time. "Oh man, this is exciting that all this work is going on. It's going to really improve the athletic status here at Greenville High School," says Athletic Director and Football Coach Ben Blackmon.

No later than August 1st, there will be a field house here that will hold a weight room, an indoor area for football practice and an outdoor track field. Blackmon says the high school teams have done well at track meets even though there's no good place to practice. "We didn't have a track. We just ran around the parking lot out here last year but now you see we're going to have an eight lane track. It's going to be state of the art. We're going to one day soon hopefully host our own track meet here."

And, locations for the academic programs in Greenville are changing too. The middle school needed the renovations the most. The principal Jai Hill is excited about the construction. "Students are going to be happy to go to a new looking school. Happy to be in an environment where it really looks good."

They have gutted the whole school putting in tile floors and tile walls and new blackboards and a new security system and a new fire alarm system. Hill says almost everything in the building will be new when the students return the first week in August. "I'm just happy that we're having the construction. If it doesn't get done, we'll all be in the gym."

And, the School Superintendent, Mike Looney, says there are also plans to renovate the Alternative School but those changes are still in the design stage. "We're going to replace the boiler system which is antiquated. We're going to replace the windows which are currently single pane and as you can see falling out."

The price tag on the construction comes to about $30,000,000. Residents in the area agreed to an increase in their sales taxes in order to pay for the bond issue.

The $250,000 for the renovations to the Alternative School is coming from state legislators in that district.