2018-01-17 / Front Page

Students to occupy new school in August

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


An architectural drawing of the new PreK-12 school currently under construction on the site adjacent to the Jenkins County High School on Barney Avenue is shown. Students are expected to begin the 2018-2019 school year in the new school. The Class of 2019 will be the first class to graduate from the 
facility. (Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) An architectural drawing of the new PreK-12 school currently under construction on the site adjacent to the Jenkins County High School on Barney Avenue is shown. Students are expected to begin the 2018-2019 school year in the new school. The Class of 2019 will be the first class to graduate from the facility. (Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) Jenkins County students will begin the 2018-2019 school year in the new PreK- 12 school currently under construction on the site adjacent to Jenkins County High School on Barney Avenue.

“We plan to start in our new school in August,” said Tara Cooper, Jenkins County School Superintendent.

“The plan is to start a partial move in March with new furniture being moved in April and May. Furniture that is being used will be moved during the post-planning period and the first couple of weeks in June,” she said.

Demolition of the Jenkins County Middle/High Schools will occur in June and July.

“We will have a Brick Project for those in the community who would like to purchase a commemorative brick from the old Middle/High Schools,” Mrs. Cooper said.

The school design by the architectural firm of James W. Buckley and Associates features a 2-story building with different entrances that will allow for separation of elementary aged students from middle/ high aged students. It is being funded through a Department of Education Facilities Division Low Wealth Grant at an estimated cost of $22 million. The project is also funded with local revenue from the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) approved by voters in 2013. It is predicted that up to $3.5 million could be collected over the 5-year tax period.

Construction of the new facility began in 2015.

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