NCSS pur­chases land for new Newton High School

The Covington News - - The second front - By Am­ber Pittman apittman@cov­news.com

The land re­place­ment site for Newton High School has been cho­sen and the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion has ap­proved the pur­chase of the 117.7 acres on Crow­ell Road North.

The price per acre of land was $19,331 for a to­tal pur­chase price of $2,276,600. Con­struc­tion is sched­uled to be­gin on the re­place­ment school in the spring with an open­ing date set for the start of the 2013-2014 school year. In more build­ing news: • The con­struc­tion for the new ele­men­tary school set to open next year is roughly two weeks be­hind due to in­clement weather. The big box and lit­tle box main level sec­tions of the build­ing are on sched­ule and pre­lim­i­nary paint work is con­tin­u­ing on the east side of the build­ing. The project is 59 per­cent com­plete.

• The foun­da­tion and the foot­ings for the Newton Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy have been ex­ca­vated and the struc­tural steel sup­port is cur­rently be­ing in­stalled. Con­crete should be poured and com­pleted in the next 30 days.

•Ad­di­tion­ally, the pro­cure­ment depart­ment of the school sys­tem, in con­junc­tion with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the city of Cov­ing­ton, Newton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, Newton County Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Author­ity and staff mem­bers from the Cen­ter for Com­mu­nity Preser­va­tion and Plan­ning will meet as part of the Cen­ter’s In­fra­struc­ture Sit­ing Com­mit­tee. Their fo­cus is to co­or­di­nate fu­ture school lo­ca­tions with other county projects to pro­vide for proper growth and ex­pan­sion ac­cord­ing to the 2050 plan for the county.

Al­though the school sys­tem is fac­ing ma­jor cuts, the cost of the new schools is paid en­tirely out of funds from the Spe­cial Lo­cal Op­tion Sales Tax (SPLOST), which can only be used for con­struc­tion per law.

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