Our Town: Brownfield New High School Campus

Published: Jul. 1, 2021 at 2:59 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KJTV) - Construction is underway on a new campus for Brownfield ISD. It’s part of a $40 million bond packages voters approved to abandon the aging middle school.

“I believe the school was over 80 years old. it had some infrastructure issues we were aware of ― plumbing, electrical, and sewage ― so we knew it was time for us to start an exit strategy from that building,” Brownfield ISD Superintendent Chris Smith said.

Instead of overhauling or preplacing the middle school, Brownfield is building a new high school.

“The first class in that new building was 1971, and the last class in it is in 2021. Coincidental, but it’s kind of cool,” Smith said.

Once the high school students move to the new facility, the middle school students will take over the old one. It’s about three decades younger than the middle school.

“One of the nicest middle schools in the region because our high school’s pretty nice to begin with, so now it’ll be a middle school and it’ll be really nice,” Smith said.

The new high school comes with big district amenities. Smith is specifically proud of the vocation wing.

“We’re one of the only schools in the state of Texas with virtual reality welding simulators, so we’re really excited about what we can offer our students,” Smith said.

The new campus will also feature a pharmacy tech program, building trades and cosmetology.

“Students in Brownfield ISD get to experience a top-notch education,” Smith said, “but they get to leave with a certification that gets them ready for the next phase in life.”

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