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will fea­ture three lev­els and is sep­a­rate from NHS. It will fea­ture a 250-seat au­di­to­rium, cos­me­tol­ogy room, early child­hood cen­ter and out­side play area, pub­lic safety area for law en­force­ment, fire and EMS classes, among oth­ers.

The NCSS closed on prop­erty for ele­men­tary school No. 15 back in Novem­ber. The tract of land is 80.97 acres and is lo­cated at the north­west corner of Air­port Road and Ga. High­way 142.

The prop­erty will also ac­com­mo­date ad­di­tional fa­cil­i­ties in the fu­ture, such as a mid­dle school and a sta­dium — though these plans are not in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture, they have been laid out in the NCSS build­ing plan.

The prop­erty was pur­chased for $1,133,580, and ac­cord­ing to Dr. Den­nis Car­pen­ter, Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent for Op­er­a­tions. The money used to pur­chase the prop­erty came from bonds sold in Au­gust of 2008.

“The pur­chase of the prop­erty at the north­west corner of the in­ter­sec­tion of Air­port Road and Ga. High­way 142 is aligned with the SPLOST III Ref­er­en­dum for Schools passed in our county back in Septem­ber of 2007,” said Car­pen­ter. “The monies used to pur­chase this prop­erty came from the sell­ing of bonds in Au­gust of 2008. These bonds are to be paid back with SPLOST III re­ceipts which we will be­gin re­ceiv­ing in March of 2010.

“This pur­chase will al­low us to move for­ward with those cap­i­tal projects out­lined in this ref­er­en­dum and in the district’s five year fa­cil­i­ties plan. It is also im­por­tant to note that, per state law, these dol­lars must be spent on spe­cific cap­i­tal projects and not daily op­er­a­tions,” he said.

The school will have a sim­i­lar de­sign to re­cently opened ele­men­tary schools South Salem and Live Oak. Ac­cord­ing to Car­pen­ter, the plan is to have the school open for stu­dents at the start of the 2011-2012 school year.

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