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SPLOST gets a thumbs up

by Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Muscogee County School officials are rolling up their sleeves now that the SPLOST has passed.  The hard work is about to begin.  Superintendent Dr. Susan Andrews says she made a call to the Georgia State Department of Education alerting them of the victory.

Attorney Frank Myers who chaired the New Day Campaign committee says he was relieved to hear the news.  "People in town thought we should have run a longer campaign, but we went with it and I just appreciate Dr. Andrews and everyone for giving me the opportunity to lead it how I felt it should have been done," says Meyers. 

The total price tag for projects is approximately $233 million to be collected over five years.  Several additions and renovations are already earmarked, for example, building a new Carver High School. 

Principal Christopher Lindsey says the outdated buildings on the existing campus need to be demolished.  Over the years, the facilities have deteriorated causing major problems.  "The cafeteria shut down for three weeks. Food had to be shipped in and the kids ate in the auditorium last year," according to Lindsey.

Students are also elated.  Freshmen Kelsey Brown is excited to be a part of the first graduating class to learn in the new building.  "We will not have to worry about leaks and going to several buildings to get to class, says Brown.

Other projects include building a new middle school and two new elementary school, fine arts academy among others.

Communications Director, Valerie Fullers says the district is planning to seek bonds to get the projects going as soon as possible.     

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