SHALLOWATER, TX (KCBD) -
Shallowater ISD is set to open the doors of a brand new high school next month, the result of a $19.5 million bond.
Officials believe these changes will only strengthen the roots that run deep within their school.
"Personally, I believe Shallowater is one of the best kept secrets on the South Plains,” Shallowater Mayor Robert Olmsted said.
Some families, such as the Bevers, are just discovering Shallowater.
"It'll be a year in August," Nancy Bevers said. “We just heard good things about Shallowater, and our realtor recommended it. We love it here, and it has been a great place for Sydney to finish out her school."
"At first it was hard, but I have made lifetime friends here,” the Bevers’ daughter, Sydney said.
Others are a bit more seasoned, like the girls’ basketball coach Chuck Darden who has invested more than 3 decades in Shallowater.
"We just had a couple of buildings when I moved here," Darden said. “I've seen a lot of change, and they've all been positive."
Thanks to expansions to the facilities and inside the classrooms, those are days of the past. The new high school doubles as a state of the art tornado facility. It is big enough to house the entire town in a state of emergency.
Aside from new facilities, the up-and-coming school district is committed to providing top-notch education.
“Our emphasis is to meet the needs of kids,” Shallowater Superintendent Phil Warren said.
This is done by providing students with career courses that show them their strengths, which propel them into the professional world.
“They see through their discussion and through their coursework that they're very capable of going on to college," Warren said. “It starts at the freshmen level courses that allow them to try, and if they don't like it, they try something else. We really expect to do well in everything that we participate in, and I think that's a tribute to Shallowater parents and the Shallowater community.