Muscogee Co. may buy land for a new school

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COLUMBUS, GA(WTVM) – On the agenda of Muscogee County's School Board Meeting Monday evening is the possibility of purchasing land for a new school.

The school board says after careful negotiations with the Development Authority of Columbus, GA, a contract has been discussed to buy more than 90 acres of land.

The price tag--- approximately $1.5 million.

We are told the deal includes options to by adjacent land in the future off Midland Road.

This project will be paid for by funds from the 2009 SPLOST.

Additional items on Monday night's agenda include:

Effective immediately, for new construction projects, the school district will seek and submit application for LEED certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Schools or LEED for New Construction rating system as appropriate. The school district will undertake a good faith effort of meeting a minimum of LEED Silver certification.

Approve the purchase of eight 72-passenger Thomas Built conventional buses from Peach State Freightliner. The Transportation Department identified a need for replacement school buses to be paid for with Bus Bond funds.  The State of Georgia will reimburse the Muscogee County School District $76,292 per bus using these bond funds.

Budgetary Impact: $610,336 State of Georgia Bus Bond Fund and $ 95,744 SPLOST

SOUTH COLUMBUS LIBRARY PLUMBING- Approved the budget transfer of $35,000 and expenditure of $34,787.95 to Jenkins Service Company for the repair of sanitary plumbing that has been deteriorating over several years at the South Columbus Public Library. It is imperative that the sanitary plumbing that has been deteriorating over the years be repaired as soon as possible.  The building was built with apparently substandard plumbing, and while the recently installed pump is a partial solution, the rest of this more extensive and invasive work is necessary to fix the problem completely and permanently.

 Title I, Part A funding requires that the Local Educational Agency (LEA) have a State Education Agency (SEA) approved plan coordinated with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.  Under federal law, homeless students must have access to appropriate public education, including preschool, and be given an opportunity to meet state and local academic achievement standards.  They must be included in state and district wide assessments and accountability systems.  This policy states that Muscogee County School District will ensure that all homeless students receive a free appropriate public education and are given meaningful opportunities to succeed in our schools.  The Muscogee County School District Homeless Policy is being revised to reflect that the Local Education Agency has policies for the education of homeless children and youth that identify and remove any barriers in the following areas: 

  • Identification
  • School Selection
  • Enrollment
  • Transportation
  • Disputes

Muscogee County School District will work with unaccompanied youths, homeless students and their families to provide stability in school attendance and other services.

Source: Muscogee County School District

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