Our View: Sylacauga’s schools make a positive impression
Sylacauga’s pride in its school system is showing once again with the opening of a new $7.8 million addition to its high school, and another $2.5 million project planned for the front entrance to the school — and two more phases of renovations are planned after that.

The city’s new school superintendent, Todd Freeman, had the pleasure of joining Board of Education members, Mayor Doug Murphree and others on a tour of the new facility recently, and they count down the days until the start of a new school year.

Freeman noted the renovations are evidence of the board’s commitment to quality facilities. The project wasn’t undertaken because of increasing enrollment, but because it’s what’s best for the students, he said.

The facility houses advanced science labs, computer labs, family and consumer science labs and other classrooms, and is equipped with security cameras, wi-fi and other cutting edge technology.

It’s part of an ongoing commitment to keeping the school system’s facilities up to date, clean, comfortable and well equipped. It’s the kind of thing that helps generate and sustain pride in the city’s schools. The appearance of the new building, and its amenities, also reinforce the high standards the system expects from its staff and students. Setting the bar high for its facilities sends a subliminal message that will be hard to miss.

It also sends a message that Sylacauga is a city committed to future growth. When businesses and industry look for places to locate or expand, and when families are looking to relocate, they want to know about the local school system.

Sylacauga’s investment in facilities is a smart way for the city to put its best foot forward.

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