SHERIDAN — The Sheridan School District held a ground breaking ceremony Nov. 17 on the $25 million, 148,000 square foot, two-story addition to Sheridan High School.

The addition will feature Career Technical Education classrooms, including a robotics lab and agri-shop; additional classrooms to move ninth grade to high school; a new library/media center; new special education classrooms; a new cafeteria/dining area that will seat up to 750 people; and a new gymnasium, which will be large enough to host state tournaments.

“Today marks the start of something great and life changing for our community,” Superintendent Jerrod Williams said at the ceremony. “It also marks the culmination of many meetings, tours, site visits — and many more meetings — to get input as to what you, the Sheridan School District communities, wanted in your new high school,” Williams said to nearly 1,000 students and guests.

In addition to Williams, several individuals spoke at the event: Clayton Vaden of Lewis Architects, the chief architect on the project; Greg Williams, the chief executive officer of Nabholz; Jody Spann, Sheridan school board president; Rodney Williams, Sheridan High School principal; Brad Montgomery, director of Arkansas School Facilities Division; and Ellie Mayberry, student body president.

“So many doors are about to be opened with these new facilities, and I cannot wait to see how those new opportunities are seized,” Mayberry said. “I believe I speak for the rest of the student body when I say that we are very excited, and I know that many of us will be returning in two years to come and see all of the changes for ourselves.”

Montgomery presented a “big check” to the school district in the amount of $7,572,668.65. The school district is receiving this funding as part of the State Partnership program.

Participants broke ground with shovels adorned in blue and gold ribbons. Assistant Principal Terri Bone surprised the audience, as she operated a bulldozer in the background while the Sheridan High School Band played the school’s fight song.