School construction under way in Bibb

Nearly 200 workers were busy late last week getting the new Southwest High and Law Academy Magnet School ready to open this summer.

General Superintendent Barry Tucker with Parrish Construction said block work, electrical work and ceilings are now being finished inside the two-story main building.

The about 180,000 square-foot school, which will face Williamson Road in south Macon, will feature a gym that seats 1,400 and a 550-seat Performing Arts Center.Principal Tyrone Bacon said the school will drop the Law Academy Magnet from its name and just become Southwest High when the school opens.

The school will offer a smaller law academy program and feature construction courses and state of the art science labs.

The school cost $34.9 million and was paid with funds from a penny sales tax.