MCSD approves Columbus High parking lot expansion; new school calendar

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - After long discussion and constant back and forth, the Muscogee County School Board decided to approve expansion to Columbus High School's parking area.

In a 6-3 vote, the board approved an additional $200,000 budget for new parking spaces at the school.

This puts the overall approved budget at $685,000 for construction.

The final design is expected provide 60 additional parking spaces for students.

Budget issues have been an ongoing issue between board members as they battled different solutions to the problem.

Students have been parking along the street side and in front of people's homes.

Surrounding neighbors to the school have complained about this problem for years, even taking their frustrations before Columbus City Council in the last year.

Board member Frank Myers says the decision was not easy, but they had to make the best out of a bad situation.

"I stand behind the price that we paid for the house to begin with, and the original money. I'm going to vote yes tonight, because we have to make the best out of a bad situation," said Myers.

The new parking lot will be located on the property of a house that was purchased next to the school.

Construction on this new parking area is set to begin in two to three weeks.

A tentative completion date is being set at around five to six months.

Another big decision made by the Muscogee County School Board deals with changes to the academic school calendar.

The board unanimously agreed to amend the calendar for the 2017-2018 school year.

The biggest change to the calendar deals with Spring Break. The week-long holiday will be moved one week later than the previous year, from March 26-30.

Another big change is Christmas Break, which will be cut to 10 school days. However, students will still get a full week off for Thanksgiving.

All national patriotic holidays will be observed.

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