Only on 12: School leaders take News 12 on tour of new magnet school in Richmond Co.

New magnet school
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News 12 This Morning / Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A new high school in Augusta is almost ready to open its doors. It's the career-focused magnet school, payed for by your SPLOST dollars.

The freshmen accepted into the school have been attending school in the old Lamar Milledge Elementary building since August, patiently waiting for the new building to be complete.

Lizzie Newman is a freshman at the Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School, or just TCM for short.

"Everybody's anxious around here because we want to go in and get the feel of high school," Newman said.

She says she loves her new school, but she'll love it a whole lot more when she's in the brand new building.

"I'm excited! I want to see what it looks like," she said.

The final phase of construction is almost complete, and the building is starting to take the shape of a high school.

Doug Pinkston, project manager for the Richmond County Board of Education, says, "We're winding down, should finish up the major part of the construction this month and then start moving furniture in which would take about a month to do that."

The students say they can't wait to see the new specialized classrooms, designed with them in mind.

Ashley Jones, another student at TCM, says, "There's supposed to be a real bank in there!"

That's right, there will be a banking room, complete with a teller desk. It will be utilized as part of the business course.

"Once the kids get in here and see the programs that are being offered here, they'll realize what an innovative school this is for this area," Pinkston said.

"We want to get a hold of our new equipment!" Newman said.

Equipment like the state-of-the-art kitchen that is fully stocked with commercial restaurant equipment for the students taking culinary classes.

"It's all high tech. We have some wireless hotspots in the building," Pinkston said.

Students say, once they are able to see the building for themselves, it will all feel real.

"Once we get out to the new magnet school, it'll feel like high school," Jones said.

We are told the school board will be deciding the new move-in date at the board meeting this upcoming Tuesday. We are told it will most likely be postponed until December.

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