News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, July 24, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Ready or not, in less than three weeks, Richmond County students head back to school, but how ready are some new projects?
They are projects you are footing the bill for and school leaders are making sure these school improvement projects are ready when your child walks through the door.
It was a field trip for Richmond County school leaders as they checked in to see how construction projects are rolling along.
First up was Fort Gordon's Freedom Park school.
Richmond County School Board Member Jimmy Atkins said, "Every child, Pre-K through eighth grade that lives on base at Fort Gordon has the opportunity to attend Freedom Park."
Middle school students have been in portables, but that will change this year with a new wing.
New Deputy Superintendent Tim Spivey said, "I was very impressed with the school, especially the new gymnasium and how huge it was."
"The old gym has been made into an auditorium," said Richmond County Board Member Jack Padgett Jr.
After approval, it was off to Lamar Milldge Elementary School.
Trophies are in boxes for now, but soon they will be in a new case at the school's entrance.
"This is positive for Harrisburg with the Kroc Center and the new school opening; I think it's going to be a great thing," Spivey said.
This is the third school on this site. Crews built this one to mimic past designs.
"This one probably means a little bit more to me than the other one because I went to school here," Spivey said.
Lamar Milledge Elementary School Principal Ray Robinson told News 12, "I think morale automatically goes up when you have a brand new school."
Speaking of brand new schools, how is the new magnet school at Augusta Tech coming along?
"It will start in August, but it will start at the old Lamar building," Padgett told News 12.
They hope to have the finished product by October, but the clock is ticking for Freedom Park and Lamar Milledge.
Padgett told News 12, "It'll be open and ready to go the day school starts."
Board Member Patsy Scott said, "I know they will have a great year. New school, new building, and it's going to be great."
These projects are funded by SPLOST dollars. The purpose of Tuesday's walk-through was so board members could go down their checklist and make sure everything from paint to molding to design is up to par.