Keeping up with technology in the classroom can be difficult when having to keep-up the building as well. That's what's happening at the Levelland Junior High, but it's all about to change. For the first time, junior high students will have a building built just for them.
"It was at one time the old high school, junior high, middle school. Everything," Levelland Superintended John Booth said.
Built back in the 1920s, Levelland Junior High has seen decades of modifications.
"It's been added onto and added onto and added onto. It's got too many issues with it," Booth said.
So residents decided it's time for a change.
"We are in the process of building a $16 million junior high."
Bringing Levelland's 7th and 8th graders into the 21st Century.
"If we're training kids for the future, if we're training kids to go to the workforce when they leave here they need that capability of that technology and we are not currently able to give that to them," Boot said.
But education is just one reason for the new junior high, safety another.
"There's too many way to access the building. Too many corners and nooks and crannies to hid. The new junior high will have two gyms, an auditorium, media center that is state of the art, science labs that are up-to-date. There are no lockers in the new junior high building," Booth said.
This will allow for better teaching.
"The text books will all be at home we wont be teaching in the classroom out of the textbook," Booth said.
The junior high will be located at East Ellis and North Alamo, and should be complete by January 2007. Levelland will also break ground on a $6 million state of the art early childhood facility soon.
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