September 19-- A new $24 million high school is going up on Bulldog Road in Lyons.
Groundbreaking for the new Toombs County High School was held Thursday afternoon and school board chairman Daniel Caraway promises that it will be one of the best in the state.
"The people of Toombs County elected several years ago to pass the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax and that's what it's going to be used for and nothiing else. It's going to be 190,000 square feet and it's going to be second to none in the state of Georgia.
"We thank the people of Toombs County for supporting what we're doing. The new technology is required by the state and that's where we're going, to new technology. We want it in all our classrooms for our students for grades and testing. We've got a master plan that looks about ten years out and this is part of it," the chairman said.
School Superintendent Dr. Kim Corley echoes the chairman's remarks.
"We're going to be able to do so many more things with the technology in this new facility.
"Our school system has really just grown. We're at least a hundred students more in just the high school than we were last year, so we're really excited about the growth and having the space in the new high school," she said.
And school principal Dr. Tosha Middlebrooks is looking forward to moving in the new building to start the 2015 school year.
"It's going to mean a lot to our students. We're very excited having a new school. It's going to mean larger classrooms, a new environment and a lot of opportunities for our students," she said.
The buiding should serve the county well for at least the next three decades according to Larry Roundtree from John Tuten and Associates who designed it.
"We like to think the life of a schoolhouse is about 30 to 35 years. We try to plan finishes and functionality that will give boards of education that kind of life," he said.
And the school board has plans for the old high school.
"Eventually we hope to rennovate it and make it Lyons Primary School and move the school on Lexington to this facilty. Our plans also include a new Toombs Central Elementary School either at the current location of very near it in the future as well," she reports.