BETSY LAYNE – A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday for the new gymnasium for Betsy Layne High School. Dr. Henry Webb, board members, Betsy Layne High School faculty and staff along with students and others from the community gathered on top of Bobcat Hill to break ground on the much-needed new facility.
“It is all about equity and opportunity for our students and meeting demands,” Dr. Webb said. “For the eight years I have been superintendent we have put together a great team of people who have a vision for Floyd County Schools. We have had a grade school and a high school trying to alternate the use of one facility for over 35 years. It is no longer feasible for our administration of the elementary and high school to be forced to do this. The Dome continues to be a great facility for our grade school. The new gymnasium will give Betsy Layne High School a face lift. The entire front of the school will be the new facility. The new addition is modeled after the same one in construction at the new Floyd Central High School and will feature a walking track on the second floor.”
The new addition will include the gymnasium, a new foyer and an administrative suite. The new gymnasium will seat 1,500 to 2,000 fans depending upon bids once they are received and later finalized. The new facility will be built on land adjacent to the current Betsy Layne High School.
Phase I of construction is set to begin on Monday, May 23. School officials hope to have the project completed by fall 2017.
In the words of the late Goldie Hall, a longtime Betsy Layne supporter, “Roll on Big Blue.”
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.