Auxiliary of Swinney Switch to hold an open house of Jarrett School
by Becky Simonson
Dec 01, 2010 | 908 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Auxiliary of Swinney Switch Inc. will hold an open house of the Jarrett School on Saturday, Dec. 4th from 1-4 p.m. The school is located on FM 534 at County Road 175.

Members of the community may stop by and inspect the old school and see the amazing amount of progress that has been made since last spring’s open house. The members of the Auxiliary will be available to explain the plans to turn the Jarrett School building into a community center.

Efforts prior to the Dec. Open House included a survey of the property, an initial clearing of the land which led to several interesting discoveries: A well, a cistern a horse trough and an out house. The roof was the first major accomplishment.

Members raised enough money to put a new roof on the building. Next doors were installed and the electricity to the building had been added. Over the course of the year much work has been done on landscaping and cleanup. According to Terese Simonson “It is amazing, it looks just like a park now. We are grateful to all the volunteers that have helped us to get so much accomplished.”

The next major project includes replacing the windows and repairing the stucco. The original estimate on the 10 window was $900 each. In order to get the windows fixed without breaking the bank, the Auxiliary decided to go with a new less expensive type of windows. Carleen Lockard said that the building still needs wiring before the electrical appliances can be used. The repair list is quite lengthy.

The Auxiliary has a raffle underway to continue raising the monies for the restoration of the Jarrett School house and grounds. The drawing will be held at the open house on Dec. 4. Grandchildren of Jarrett School students will draw for the winning prizes.

The Auxiliary asks anyone who has any information about the school or pictures to please share them. As the restoration progresses, the Auxiliary will hold more open houses.

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