Sunday, June 7, 2009

Construction to Start on New School

Construction is scheduled to start Monday on a new school being built off South Jefferson Avenue, south of I-40. The Putnam County school board has approved Vratsinas Construction of Atlanta as the low bidder. They say they can build the Pre-K through 8th grade school for $26,416,000. That includes not only classrooms, but athletic fields, dugouts and concession stands and landscaping. And officials say the schools should be nearly ready to move into by this time next year. The date of what's called "substantial completion" is July 17, 2010, which means the school will be ready to occupy with the fall semester of 2010. And, what that happens, the school board says they may implement zoning to be sure that people who live near the new schools have the opportunity to attend them, while those who live further out would have to choose a different school. Right now, the school system is operating under a system whereby anyone can attend any school as long as there is space available. When space becomes an issue, enrollment is limited based on four priorities, including those who live in the school zone, the siblings of those in the zone, those who are already in the school, and, finally, those who live outside the zone.