Dormitory at Roosevelt School in Warm Springs closer to opening

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WARM SPRINGS, GA (WTVM) -  Construction on a new dormitory at the Roosevelt School in Warm Springs is underway, and it's amazing what one year of progress can do.

One year ago the facility was just an idea, today the walls are up and Roosevelt School is one step closer to opening its doors to students.

Executive Director of the Roosevelt School at Warm Springs, Greg Schmieg told News Leader Nine, "It means a tremendous amount of opportunities for Roosevelt at Warm Springs. You see what was once ground it now the beginning to a beautiful school at Roosevelt at Warm Springs. It's going to allow us to serve more people with disabilities from all over the state."

The $ 20 million building will provide housing and hands-on job training for disabled students.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond explained, "I've said many times, this is the most important and significant activity I've been involved in as a public official. There will never be anything as significant as this in terms of building this facility that will be a national model."

The school also announced Meriwether County's first career center will be opening on the campus.

"It will be a satellite from the LaGrange Career center but it will open the typical career services for our community," said Schmeig.

Construction on the state-of-the-art facility is putting 200 local contractors to work and is about 35 percent complete.

The Georgia Property Officer Steve Stancil added, "There were things we were able to upgrade and improvements we were able to make that made us go back and change plans and that slowed us down but sometimes it's better to go slow and get it right than to go fast and have to re-do your mistakes."

The project is on budget and on schedule with the doors slated to open in the spring of 2011.

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