News 12 First at Five / Wednesday, July 31, 2013
RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- Summer's coming to a close for Richmond County students in less than two weeks.
But with six schools still under construction, parents are wondering exactly which hallways their kids will be walking this fall.
"They need not worry because we're looking out for their safety and their health," said Benton Starks, Richmond County's senior director for Facility Services.
Starks heads a team arranging temporary housing for students whose schools are under construction.
"All this construction is for the good of Richmond County to bring the school system up into the 21st century," he said.
But it will change things at some schools this fall. Butler High School students will be moved to the vocational site on the same campus, Murphy Middle School students will now move to the Bungalow Road campus, and Tubman Education Center students will head over to Lamar Elementary.
"There will be some displacement and some shifting around," Starks said. "But it will all be very pleasant. I think they'll be pleasantly surprised at what we've done for them."
What they've done is a lot of renovations to all three sites, including updated flooring and security.
They've also installed state-of-the-art module classrooms.
"This will be something new for Richmond County and new for most schools in this area," Starks said. "The modular buildings we're using now are not your grandma's portable classroom or trailer classroom."
They come complete with carpeting, surveillance, air conditioning and bathrooms all-in-one.
"We spent a lot of extra money to cover all these things because they're more expensive than your typical trailer classrooms," he said. "It's the best that you can find in this kind of a setup."
Sparks says these new modules are durable and will weather through the years to come as construction continues.
The district says parents will be getting phone calls within the next week about the moves. The district is also in the process of updating their website, which will have everything you need from changed bus routes to building plans. News 12 will be posting that information as soon as it becomes available.