Thursday, July 26, 2018
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RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- 56 classrooms 118,000 square feet and three STEM labs later the classrooms are ready at the brand new school off Jimmie Dyess Parkway.
The hallways are empty now but soon 800 students across the county's zone 10 will get their hands on the latest tech.
3D printers and computer graphics courses are just the start of STEM courses.
"Any time we can expose kids to technology at an early age, it helps their development with those skills. So, this school will have plenty of technology. All grade levels, K through 8, will have access to technology and it will build," said Kaden Jacobs, Richmond County Schools Spokesperson.
With a $27-million budget, school officials say it's an investment they had to make.
"We are very, very aware of the expanding industry in the Augusta area. We know that technology is probably our largest growth area as a community."
The school will bring in students from overcrowded schools like Reynolds Elementary and Langford Middle, part of a countywide rightsizing process.
"When we made the NPU changes earlier this year, we split the Reynolds zone so that half those kids are now zoned for Dyess Parkway. But what we did was for the middle schoolers, we opened it up to allow folks to apply through our 'school choice,’” Jacobs said.
There's still some work to on the ballfield and they'll fill the pond on property, but overall officials say students here will be set up for success.
"You know, the construction is complete and that's all great. But a building doesn't really have its soul until you get the teachers and the kids in there. We're really excited about this school year and I think this is a great example of the things we can do together."
The window for future school of choice applications starts in November for families who live in this zone. Jacobs also said they're working to share the technology at Belair K-8 to schools across the county.