Old barber shop gets new life as a cosmetology class

By Melissa McCaghren

The Slatonite

Smith’s Barber Shop may have been closed down for some time, but it now is bringing in a new era of cosmetology workers.

Slaton High School recently had the opportunity to rent the space to expand their cosmetology department.

“When the building became available, the Masons contacted us to make us aware. They knew we were pressed for space,” said Slaton Independent School District Superintendent Julee Broscoff. “We have worked closely with this outstanding organization for years.”

Broscoff said the project to convert the space into a classroom took about four weeks. “It required very few updates. An opening was created between the two spaces and new dry wall was installed along with flooring,” she said.

Cosmetology teacher Jessica McBride said she was thankful to the district for the expansion. “Our students have so much more room for classroom activities. Before the addition I had to split each class to get all of them in the old classroom. We were busting at the seams. It was a wonderful problem to have,” she said. “With the extra room in the addition we are all able to be in class together.

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