The Jarrett School, located at 114 County Road 343, served as a one-room school in Live Oak County until the 1950s for students from both Live Oak and Bee County. Afterward, the Jarrett School functioned as a community center until it fell into disuse. The Auxiliary of Swinney Switch obtained the property in 2007, when it moved from the fire department.
Overgrown and dilapidated, the Jarrett School Building became a project of love for the members of the Auxiliary and the community. Former students, their children and grandchildren pitched in to clear the lot and make repairs to the building. Through a series of successful fundraisers, the Auxiliary has reroofed the building, replaced all the windows and added electricity. The next step will be repairing the well and adding plumbing to the structure.
According to Terese Simonson, “...the building is in great shape now, and we are so thankful for all the people that have contributed to the restoration project.”
When asked about the missing window, Terese chuckled, “That is quite a story.” Apparently, a pair of owls made their nest inside the structure when the old windows were coming out and the new windows were going in. “Stewart and his crew left one window uninstalled until the baby owl could leave his nest,” she said. The good news is the baby and parents have vacated the building, and the last window can be installed.
Everyone is encouraged to come out and see the progress that has been made on the Jarrett School and also to bring some cash or your checkbook, because donations will be accepted and raffle tickets will be available.