August 6-- All of the school students in Treutlen County will be going to school under one roof this school term.
A ribbon-cutting Sunday afternoon officially opened the new $26 million dollar kindergarten through 12th grade building on Highway 29 north of Soperton.
(L-R) Treutlen County school board members Keith Edge, Leo Gillis, Chairman Alvin Heath, School Superintendent Chuck Ellington, Vice-Chairman Jeff Raiford and Demetria Noble.
School Superintenent Chuck Ellington says financing for the new school started years ago.
"Our local citizens approved three education local option sales taxes beginning in 2004, 2007 and this past March in 2012. We also passed a bond referendum for $7.9 million which was coupled with over $18 million in advance funding from the Georgia General Assembly and the state Department of Education," he reports.
Their are also new principals at the school. James Paulk will lead the middle-high school and says, "Walking around the building today we see our kids smiling in awe and they are just happy and they deserve it and it's awesome that Treutlen County is providing it for us, " he said.
The new elementary school principal is Forest Edge who says the faculty and staff are looking forward to the new school year in the new building.
"Everyone has been really positive in spite of all the work they've been having to do moving their classes and unpacking boxes. They've been so supportive and I think it's fostered a sense of pride. I've heard comments about how they like everything and how it's so much more kid-friendly," he said.
Superintendent Ellington says they're still looking at options on what to do with the old middle-high school and elementary school buildings in Soperton. One thing being planned is locating the school system's central office in a portion of the old middle-high school facility. The sports facilities at the former school will also remain in use.