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Schools asking for input ahead of public forums
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The Bryan County Schools Board of Education will hold community forums Oct. 24 in the east cafeteria at Richmond Hill High School and Oct. 25 in the Richmond Hill Middle School cafeteria — both beginning at 6:30 p.m. — to get input on the impending growth and need for new schools in South Bryan County.

To prepare for those meetings, the board is asking residents to take a two-question survey over the next week. The survey is available at and will also be communicated via the district’s website, Facebook page and mobile device messaging system.

“We want to gather as much information as possible to prepare for the forums,” said Superintendent Paul Brooksher. “The feedback will help us address people’s questions better.”

Because of the short time frame, the survey will only be available through 6 p.m. on Oct. 12.

Bryan County Schools is expecting to grow by at least 3,500 students over the next decade, with the vast majority of that growth in South Bryan County. The board has discussed the need for an additional high school in Richmond Hill, as well as another middle school and another elementary school.

“Two high schools are in South Bryan’s future, it’s just a matter of when and where,” Brooksher told the board during a work session last month.

The current high school is at 96 percent capacity.

The survey includes two questions, the first of which asks topic people are most interested in learning about when considering one or two high schools in South Bryan County, then offers as options: growth projections, academics, fine arts, athletics, estimated facility costs, estimated operations costs, funding of construction projects, districting, timeline or “other” and has space for feedback.

The second question asks for other questions or concerns. 

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