SAIL breaks ground in Columbia County, school set to open in August

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The onsite work begins for Columbia county's first charter school Saturday. The school has a tight five month deadline to finish building since Columbia county's first day of school is August 7th.

The construction company specializes in charter schools and says they have done fast track projects like this before.

"This is our 10th charter school so we do have extensive experience working with the uniqueness of charter schools" said Walt Gill, President of True North Companies.

"This will be a fast track job we worked with our design groups and contractors to try to work through things that could be done off site to speed up the process."

The school will feature small classrooms and modern infrastructure.

"We were looking to design a school that's both creative and a smaller scale school that allows children to feel the small nature that sail looks to embody" said Ed Setzler, Project Manager for Croft & Associates Architecture.

Parents say the unique education is the reason they want their kids to get in.

"Even though my son is on the waiting list, I'm one of those parents who are just hoping that my son can get an opportunity to experience this type of education" said Lenore Powers.

The school is set to open in August 2017.