School Board Names New Middle School

The Johnston County School Board has officially named a new middle school under construction on Norris Road. In a unanimous vote, the board voted to name the school Swift Creek Middle.

Groundbreaking for Swift Creek Middle was held on October 31st.  The school will serve families in the Cleveland area once construction in completed. The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017.

Johnston County Schools Chief Operations Officer Patrick Jacobs said the school is the last major construction project being funded from the 2013 bond referendum approved by voters.  Officials said the name was selected following discussions between Superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow and his senior leadership.

During the October groundbreaking, Dr. Renfrow said Johnston County Schools will have to have a committed effort to building more schools in the future, as the county’s population continues to grow.

“We’ve also got to make sure our older facilities are up to par with the new things that we’re building, because there cannot be a perception of haves and have nots in the county,” said Dr. Renfrow. “We’re committed to growth and making sure we have new buildings, but we’re also committed to taking care of our older facilities so they meet the needs of students in those areas as well.”