The Webb City R-7 School District completed several construction projects in 2020. High school students returned in August to a new main entrance.
Administrative offices were moved from the center of the school (which had been nearer the front before numerous additions) to the entrance. The new entrance is more secure, and there is a separate entrance for the Mercy clinic. Also at the high school, the former auto mechanics section was reconfigured as an information technology center.
Increasing enrollment was cramping the junior high cafeteria before it was expanded. Lots on a half block east of the school along Broadway, were consolidated, and dilapidated houses were cleared. It was sodded and fenced for physical education classes and athletic practice.
The projects were paid for with existing funds and a $1.3 million lease purchase agreement. Anticipated for 2021 is the construction of locker rooms on the south side of the swim center and an indoor range for the archery and JROTC rifle teams.
The new turf and other improvements were ready for spring ball, but the pandemic delayed the first game until June 19 when Webb City hosted the conference senior all-star games.
Formerly cramped for space, the junior high now has a larger cafeteria and half block for physical ed and athletic practice.
Sherrie Mitchell, instrumental in establishing the Pillars of the Past, said she never imagined she’d be one.
Former students gathered around her after the ceremony. Unfortunately, Meg Berrian (to the right of Sherrie, unexpectedly passed away May 31. A scholarship fund has been established in her name.
Honorees at the annual Webb City R-7 Schools Foundation Community Event included the Pillars of Education (right) John Fitzgibbon, Sherrie Mitchell, Ann Foos, Patty Woodmansee and Terry Rose. Jeff Montgomery (above) was named Webb City CARES Volunteer of the Year.