Crews with HOAR Construction carefully remove bricks and blocks from the front of the existing Selma High School to be used in the construction of the new Selma High School. -- Rick Couch

New high school to have local touch

Published 10:28pm Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The largest construction project in recent years in Selma is in full swing as contractors, engineers and architects continue their work on the new Selma High School; a $27 million project that is on target to be finished in the spring of 2012.

As much of the foundation and block walls have been the focus as of late at the project, an upcoming phase may very well have a deep Selma connection.

Although the purchase orders and contracts have not been signed, officials with Henry Brick and the Selma City Board of Education confirmed Wednesday the Selma-based Henry Brick Company will provide most — if not all — of the exterior brick used..

“I feel very comfortable in saying that Henry Brick Company will play a large role in the construction of the new high school,” system maintenance director Ray Matthews said Wednesday. “We have worked closely with them over the past few weeks and months and are excited about having them play a role in this project.”

Matthews said he and others with the school system felt it was important to have as many Selma materials used in the construction of the large facility.

“We really want this school to be something the community will take pride in and knowing that a Selma company has been involved is important,” Matthews said.

Officials with Henry Brick said Wednesday that a purchase order for the bricks has not been placed yet, but Matthews said an order will be placed once the school board approves the brick color and layout scheme.

“I am not sure when they will be asked to vote,” Matthews said. “But once they approve the layout and colors, then we will move forward with the order.”

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