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Carver High School rebuild, a facelift for the community

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)  - Eight months into construction on the new George Washington Carver High School in Columbus.  Things are moving along on schedule.  The foundation and the structure are already up. 

It was one year ago when the old Carver High was torn down.  The school was a landmark in this East Columbus community for more than 50 years. We got an inside look at the new school being re-built on the same spot.

Within the next week bricks will start going up and work with start on the interior.some neighbors say the school is so much more than a building.  It is hope for their community and the future.

Almost 200 workers are making sure the new Carver High School is ready for students in August 2012.

Brandon Smith will be heading to Carver in a couple of years.

"I think it is going to be great for the community, and for all the kids around here instead of going to school that's bad and everything," said Smith.

He and his mom, Lisa Wells, live just down the road from the construction.  Wells says in a community that sometimes struggles with crime, seeing the new school can boost morale.

"We really need that school.  We needed that change, and the kids in this area especially the ones his age have something to look forward to," said Wells.

Carver will have top of line technology including smart boards in every classroom and wireless Internet.  It will also have football, softball, and baseball fields. 

The school is about 240,000 square ft and sits on 27 acres.  The rebuilding was funding 100% by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax or SPLOST.

Principal Christopher Lindsey says the nearly $40 million the city is putting into the school shows their commitment to the community.

"They've never seen anything like this in this neighborhood.  So, it is going to be a good ordeal for those people to see something being invested with this amount of money inside this community," said Lindsey.

James McGill, the Project Manager, says the project is bringing another positive to this community: jobs.

"We are hiring a lot of locals with help through our sub-traders which helps the community as well," said McGill.

He says with about 8 months more of construction the school should be ready to go.

Brandon Smith and his mom are excited about the new Carver high and looking forward to seeing the end results.

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