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Two new schools on to-do list for BoE
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A new, $15.5 million elementary school in Richmond Hill, a new, $9 million school to replace the existing Bryan County Elementary School, and $750,000 worth of renovation work at Lanier Primary School are some of the big-ticket items listed among the Bryan County Board of Education’s proposed capital projects for 2012-2016.

The board met to discuss these and many other projects, totaling $31.2 million, during a budget workshop Thursday at Richmond Hill Elementary School. Board members plan to prioritize the projects at an upcoming meeting.

While the proposed elementary schools would help address the need for classroom space, they “cannot be on the drawing board until the new (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax program) gets approved,”  Bryan County Schools Superintendent John Oliver told the board.

Voters could be asked in November to decide whether to continue the SPLOST program for an additional five years. Melanie James, finance director for Bryan County Schools, said one estimate projects the next possible SPLOST cycle could provide $28 million for local school projects.

For more, pick up a copy of the March 26 edition of the News.

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