Smithfield-Selma High held a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday to mark the official opening of the school’s new locker and restroom facility.
“We are so grateful for this new facility and all that it will bring for our athletes and community as we share our resources and do great things here at Smithfield-Selma High,” said David Allen, Smithfield-Selma High Principal.
The facility will be available for use for Smithfield-Selma High student athletes, visiting opponents, and spectators.
“This is an example of what’s going on across Johnston County,” said Johnston County Board of Education Chairman Mike Wooten. “We’re building new facilities and the Board of Education isn’t overlooking the schools that have been here a while.”
Smithfield-Selma High was built in 1969. Wooten said the new facility is an example of the Johnston County Board of Education and Johnston County Board of Commissioners working together to make sure all Johnston County public schools have what they need to educate students and house athletes.
The new facility was part of the $30 million in LGC funds that was used to make facility improvement needs in Johnston County Public Schools.
“This is an example of how the school board and county commissioners can work together and get things done the way they need to be done,” said Johnston County Commissioner Lee Jackson. “When the need showed up we all got together and made it happen, and I’m very proud of all of us for doing that.”
School stakeholders and alumni, community members, and local elected officials attended the ribbon cutting ceremony. Everyone was invited to take a tour of the new facility after the ribbon cutting.
“This is a quality example of what can be achieved if we all work together,” said Johnston County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow. “The brightest days of this public school system lie ahead of us.”