School Board President Andrew Bagley made the announcement saying, “With the demolition of the old buildings nearly complete, it is time to celebrate the beginning of the construction of our new high school, and we are excited to invite the public to celebrate this milestone on our journey to having great schools and a great community. This is a time to celebrate and thank our community for making this project a reality.”

The Helena-West Helena School District will host a ceremonial groundbreaking, February 23rd marking the beginning of construction of the new Central High School facilities approved by voters last year. 

School Board President Andrew Bagley made the announcement saying, “With the demolition of the old buildings nearly complete, it is time to celebrate the beginning of the construction of our new high school, and we are excited to invite the public to celebrate this milestone on our journey to having great schools and a great community.  This is a time to celebrate and thank our community for making this project a reality.”

The ceremony will be held at the building site at 10 am that day.  The public is invited to come and see the progress made at the site.  There will be remarks from school officials, legislators, and representatives of Lewis-Elliott Architects and Baldwin and Shell Construction.  Also on hand will be the Central Cougar Band, also known as the mighty CCB, and there will be a ceremonial turning of dirt to formally mark the beginning of the demolition phase of the project and the commencement of the construction of the new facility. 

The new high school facility will have 120,000 square feet with a capacity of 700 students.  It will feature state of the art labs, modern classrooms, an auditorium, and a new field house.  The building also incorporates the current gymnasium, which will be renovated, to house the district’s physical education courses.  Also included in the project is a major renovation of the competitive gymnasium up the hill, new ticket booth and bathrooms for Cad Polk Stadium, and a renovation of the current field house to house the visiting and officials’ locker rooms.  Upgrades to the press box at Cad Polk Stadium are also planned.

Superintendent John Hoy urged the community to come out and participate in this celebration.  He said, “This is a big step forward for our district, and we want to share this progress with the community, which has made this possible.  The Helena-West Helena School District has a mission to make sure that our graduates are fully prepared for life as responsible, productive, and caring citizens.  This is a major step in allowing us to do that.”