School renovations and educational special purpose local option sales tax were the main topics of conversation Tuesday at a called Bryan County Board of Education meeting.
The board took no action during the called meeting held at Richmond Hill Middle School but did discuss what would be the best use of the current middle school facility once teachers and students move into the new school near Belfast River Road.
The current middle school will be used for additional instruction space for students at Richmond Hill High School. Bryan County Schools Superintendent John Oliver said the board received feedback from the administration and students at RHHS indicating they would like to use the building for some career pathways.
“It will not only be career pathways, but it will also be used to house students in regular curriculum classroom settings,” Chairman Eddie Warren said.
High school career pathways are part of the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education’s (CTAE) program offered in high schools throughout the state. Students can take classes for career paths, such as agriculture, family and consumer science, health care science, business and computer science and others to help prepare them for a future in that field.
The classrooms there now don’t require any renovations to become classrooms again, Warren said, noting only a few of the career pathways would require some renovation.
“We’re not talking about millions of dollars for a new school,” he said. “We’re hoping we’ve got the funds available to go ahead and start on that if that is what we vote to do.”
Warren said the board could vote in February or March on how exactly to use the current RHMS because they would hope to make any needed renovations this summer. RHMS students are expected to start the 2012-13 school year in the new facility.
Read more in the Jan. 14 edition of the News.