On Thursday, Shawnee Public Schools, Nabholz Construction and Renaissance Architects broke ground on several upcoming construction projects at Shawnee High School.

The first projects to begin construction will include the expansion and repaving of the parking lot, in addition to the remodel of the Special Education Classroom. Following, the high school will then receive the addition of new entrances with security access, new restrooms and a new media center. The former media center will be renovated into an expanded cafeteria. Science classrooms will be updated and remodeled for additional space. Technology upgrades will also be installed throughout the building.

The activities and athletic department will also be receiving numerous improvements for the district. A new wrestling complex and multi-purpose facility addition, Stucker Complex, will be built and double as a safe room. The baseball fields will receive new concessions and other enhancements while the softball field will receive new field dugouts and fencing. Facility improvements will be carried out at the Tennis Courts. Jim Thorpe Stadium will have ADA seating installed. A new band room addition will also be constructed.

This project is scheduled for completion in 2018.