Smithfield-Selma High Hosts Topping Out Ceremony

Johnston County Public Schools representatives, county commissioners, and members from the general contractor and architectural teams joined to sign the beam.

SMITHFIELD – Johnston County Public Schools (JCPS) held a Topping Out Ceremony at Smithfield-Selma High on Tuesday, October 31.

The Topping Out Ceremony was a celebration of the nearly completed auxiliary gym at Smithfield-Selma High. The gym is the final project of the 2018 Bond Referendum.

Smithfield-Selma High celebrated the nearly completed auxiliary gym with a Topping Out Ceremony.

In addition, the auxiliary gym will include a locker room, weight room, and restrooms for use by students, staff, and the public. Students and staff will have the additional space for educational purposes and extracurricular activities.

JCPS Superintendent Dr. Eric C. Bracy offered words of appreciation during the event and stated, “This new addition is very significant to our students and staff. It not only provides the needed space for academic and athletic advancement, but it also provides tangible evidence of community support, care, and interest in education that our students can actually see and touch.” 

Dr. Eric C. Bracy, Johnston County Public Schools superintendent, addresses those who gathered to commemorate the auxiliary gym at Smithfield-Selma High School that is expected to be completed in time to welcome students for the 2024-2025 school year.

Board of Education members were joined by many who partnered in the project, including county commissioners, school administrators, students, and the general public. “We are thankful for the many partners who have made this long awaited vision a reality,” concluded Bracy. 

Scheduled for completion in July, 2024, construction is in full swing at Smithfield-Selma High’s new auxiliary gym.

After a brief presentation, attendees were given an opportunity to sign the 30 foot long steel beam that will be placed above the entrance of the completed gym. Previously, the Smithfield-Selma High Class of 2024 signed the beam, cementing their names in history, and immediately prior to the event staff members were able to sign the beam as well.

Johnston County Public Schools board of education members and county commissioners sign the 30 foot long steel beam that will top off the auxiliary gym.

The auxiliary gym is scheduled to be completed by July, 2024.

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