On June 23 of this year, the 160 million dollar Nebo Bond and Leeway was passed. This bond gave the Nebo School District much needed funds to build new schools and repair older ones. Part of that money is planned to be used to build a new Springville Junior High School. According to Mr. Darrel Rolfe, principal of SJHS, the new school and architectural plans for it are still in the “going to happen stage.”
Students at SJHS are mostly excited about getting a new building because the present SJHS was dedicated in 1957. Though SJHS is on the older side, there are qualities of this school that students like. According to Katie Bair, a ninth grader, the knight stickers that are on the walls (like the one in the lunch room that says “The Great Hall” and the one in the ninth grade hall that says "Home of the Kinghts") are pretty cool. Brandon Chambers, an eighth grader, said, “I really like the band and orchestra rooms because they’re big.” Hannah Reinhardt, another eighth grader, really likes the floor plan of this school.
Students want to have input on what gets changed in the new school building that the present one doesn’t have. Megan Miller, an eighth grader, said she wants more classrooms upstairs so that we won’t need portables. Katie wants bigger classrooms, and Brandon wants bigger hallways.
Students who went to a different school last year want some of the characteristics of their old school in the new SJHS. Katelynn Marshall, an eighth grader, went to Timberline Middle School in Alpine last year. Timberline had restaurant booths in the lunch room, and a much larger library. She would like those things in the new school building.
The new building may not be being built right yet, and the architectural plan may not be ready, but SJHS can’t help but cheer at the thought of a new school!