Stephen Carroll’s vision to build a band storage facility at Midway High School is taking another step forward.
During a recent meeting for the Sampson County Schools Board of Education, a design plan from Jenkins Consulting Engineers was approved for Carroll’s project. The junior musician is currently working towards becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest honor in the Boy Scouts organization.
After completion, band students will have a facility to house items such as trailers, props used in band competitions and cooking equipment. The selected location is next to Ollen D. Road and Spivey’s Corner Highway.
To raise money for the building, Carroll held fundraisers which included barbecue plate sales and a gospel event. Previously, the estimated cost was more than $40,000.
The plan includes a 34-by-34-foot facility made out of steel and tin, two opening doors to be located next to two greenhouses behind Midway High School. Electricity and insulation were also included.
Kim Schmidlin, board member commended Carroll for his contribution to his school.
“I appreciate you putting this together for Midway High School,” Schmidlin said. “I know it’s a passion for you that you’ve taken for your Eagle Scout project and your love of music.”
Board Chairman Dewain Sinclair added that the board was approached a few years ago for the project.
“The young man has done a good job to take it upon himself to do the Eagle Scout project,” Sinclair said. “He should be commended for it.”
“He’s done a great job stepping up, working hard and supporting the Midway community,” Sinclair said about Carroll.
Concession project in the works
In addition to the band storage facility, the school’s booster club is building a storage shed adjacent to the baseball and softball concession stand. Design plans from Bab Structural Engineering Services were also approved by the school board.
Principal Monty Strickland was approached last winter with the idea.
“The booster club is a big part of what we do at Midway and has been for many years,” Strickland said. “I felt that that it’s a project that we can support. They’re very diligent workers and we’re ready to see it done.”
The estimated cost is $8,000.
“We’re just thankful that we have an active booster club that’s willing to donate their time and energy to make sure our school gets the needed items and we appreciate their support,” Strickland said.
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