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On the verge of spending tens of millions of dollars, members of the Bryan County Schools Board of Education can expect plenty of unsolicited phone calls from architects near and far.

“They’re going to be coming out of the woodwork, so be prepared,” Superintendent Paul Brooksher told the board.

The district expects to gain an additional 3,500 students over the next decade and is considering several options to build new schools that range in price from $52 million to $156 million.

“They’ll be calling from all across the state asking to meet with board members individually,” Brooksher said. “They all want the job.”

Chairman Eddie Warren suggested that board members tell the callers that the district will draw up a list of architects it wants to interview when the time comes.

The board also voted to approve spending about $730,000 on a variety of projects, including $650,000 for a new band room at Richmond Hill High School. Parking lots at Bryan County and Richmond Hill high schools will get sealcoated for $40,000 and $20,000, respectively, and Lanier Elementary School will get new carpeting for about $22,000.

The board also voted to accept a donation of $23,000 from the Richmond Hill Elementary School PTSO to the school for an interactive board, educational resources and iPads.

In personnel moves, the board approved Heather Tucker as the new assistant principal at McAllister Elementary School. The position was open after Bivins Miller was promoted from assistant principal to principal due to the retirement of former principal Mary Ann Tiedman. Tucker started with the district as a teacher at Richmond Hill Elementary School and has served as media specialist there since 2014.

“Ms. Tucker comes highly recommended to McAllister Elementary School, and I have the utmost confidence that her experiences and expertise will help to create a highly effective leadership team,” Brooksher said.

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