Because of our experience helping other districts pass successful bond proposals, and our ability to listen carefully to the needs of our clients, Selser Schaefer Architects was asked to assist Perry Public Schools with their $25 million Bond Package. Our design team worked with educators, staff, and the community to help ascertain the specific vision and goals for Perry Public Schools.
Thanks to the combined efforts of Selser Schaefer Architects and Perry Public Schools, the Bond Package passed successfully in November 2018, and the project broke ground on November 19, 2019.
Speeches to celebrate the groundbreaking were given by Perry Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Terry McCarty and Head of the Perry Board of Education Jason Procter, and the Perry school band and cheerleaders performed. The official groundbreaking ceremony included Dr. McCarty, Selser Schaefer Architects Associate Principal Brian Thomas, and representatives from Joe D. Hall Contractors, the Board of Education, and Perry Public Schools.
Perry Public Schools celebrated 2019 American Education Week by breaking ground on a new junior high school and a new athletic center.
“They are going to be two distinct projects,” said Dr. McCarty. “They will happen to go together, but they will be two distinct projects that go under one roof, and that will play into the long-term vision of the future.”
The new facilities will replace the current Perry Junior High School building and John Divine Hall, where school athletic events are held.
“Both of these buildings are 60 to 70 years old and have a variety of issues. The buildings are totally outdated and need to be replaced badly,” McCarty said.
Once the seventh and eighth-grade students move to the new building, the old junior high building will be torn down. However, John Divine Hall has historic significance to the Perry community and will remain standing.
The new facilities are a significant step toward a long-term goal. “Perry is kind of small, so the new facilities will be built about two miles from where we are now. And they will be built in the proximity of our current elementary schools,” McCarty said. “There’s a long-term vision to at some point have all of our facilities be in a certain geographic location.”
January 2022 is the planned completion date for the new facilities.