A new facility at Swain County High is closing in on the finish line. New flooring and equipment went in over the past week. The plan is to call the facility the Maroon Strong Performance Center. All that is lacking is electricity and some final finishing touches, said Toby Burrell, Swain Schools Public Information Officer. The weight room will be used for students who take weight classes and for condition for athletes. According to Principal Sonya Blankenship, the school plans to eventually offer some staff wellness in the space after hours. The turf area can be used by all sports for training and for practices for outdoor sports during bad weather, she added. “In the summer, several hundred male and female athletes will use the facility to train for the upcoming sports seasons,” she said.
The project received funding from Swain Pride, the McCracken family and funds from late fees collected by the county from the East Elementary Building project. The weights and equipment were purchased through a gift from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Council.