Bay High School Renovation Surprises Teachers

PANAMA CITY - Teachers at Bay High School returned from summer vacation Tuesday to find one of their classroom buildings renovated.

Bay High administrators carried out the 'Extreme Makeover' type reveal for teachers Tuesday. The two story, 16 classroom building had a broken air conditioning system and water damaged that needed to be fixed.

The district paid for the 1.7 million dollar project using the half cent sales tax revenue for school renovation and technology.

Administrators and teachers say the new renovations are helping to motivate them for the beginning of classes next week.

"It's going to be a wow factor just like it was for the teachers and we believe that if you have an expectation of students, they'll rise to that expectation. If we give them the best, they'll respond in the best way," said Bay High School Principal, Billy May.

"Having been a student at Bay High, the first year the actual structure was here and seeing it go from there to now is just shocking. It's so beautiful," said Bay High Teacher, Julia House.

The building was built in 1970 and was dedicated to Colonel De Jack WIlliams who served as a fighter pilot in World War II.

He taught social studies and even chaired the department.

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