Stone County Career Tech groundbreaking

The Stone County School District broke ground on the new career technical education center.

The district applied for funding from the Gulf Coast Restoration Fund, which came from the $2.4 billion BP oil spill settlement with the state.

Stone County School District received both halves for the $8 million facility after Mississippi legislature allotted another $3.2 million in funding in 2020.

Twenty acres of land each were donated by Wynn Alexander and Dick O’Neal.

The 22,000 square foot, state of the art career technical education center will be designed by Eley Guild Hardy who has designed facilities for many schools in the area. Superintendent of Education Inita Owen said, “All of our programs will be moved here. We rent locally for labs and everything so all our labs, all our CTE programs, administration offices, some common areas. A lot of things that we haven’t had before right now, all of our classrooms are integrated into our normal high school. All our labs are rented space outside of the high school. So, we lose time transportation. We lose money for rent. So, we are excited to have everything in one place and we can only imagine the benefit for our students.”

The career technical education facility is expected to be complete for the 2023-2024 school year.

On May 17th, residents will vote on a Stone County School District bond referendum which includes building a new high school as well as an athletic stadium.

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