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Board of Education to buy 154 acres in North Bryan for new school
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The Bryan County School Board at its June 27 meeting authorized school superintendent Dr. Paul Brooksher to enter into a contract to buy 154 acres of property in north Bryan County. The school superintendent was given permission to spend up to $1,129,690.

A contract had not been finalized on the deal Monday, according to Brooksher. The 154 acres will be used as a site for future school construction, likely a new high or middle school for the growing north Bryan population.

The current high and middle school are co-located in an aging, decades-old facility.

The board also extended Brooksher’s contract for an additional three years. Brooksher has been the school superintendent since 2012.

Details of the extension, to include salary, were not released at the meeting, but will be made public after the July 4 holiday, school officials said Monday.

In the meantime, school board chairwoman Amy Murphy cited the school superintendent’s leadership through the redistricting of schools, the building of McAllister Elementary School and his leadership through unprecedented growth in student population as a few reasons for his contract extension.

The board also approved a contract with Pope Construction, not to exceed $38,099.00, to complete emergency portable renovations at McAllister Elementary School.

Other school board business included:

• Approving a donation of $260.00 from Southern Educators Insurance/Horace Mann for Carver Elementary School.

• Approving a donation of $10,099.03 to the Bryan County High and Middle schools athletic departments.

* Approving fund raising requests for Lanier Primary School of McTeachers Night Out, Student Hat Days, A book fair in October and the sale of t-shirt in September.

* Approving fund raising requests for Bryan County High School to include selling spirit items, pajama day, a cake raffle, yearbook sales and cheer camps.

* Also approved were fundraising requests for George Washington Carver Elementary School for Boosterthon Fun Run, school store sales, hat days and a book fair.

* Approving fundraising requests from Richmond Hill Middle School for wacky tacky twin day, a car wash and a donut sales day.

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