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District’s Schools, Athletic Facilities Getting Upgrades

As students and teachers return to their classrooms this month, it will be hard to miss the many changes currently under way or completed at some of the District’s schools. Renovations are either complete or under way at several elementary schools in the district, while many of the high schools are in the process of receiving district-wide athletic facility upgrades. Each of these projects and more are taking place as part of the 2010 Capital Improvement Program.

The Program is funded by an Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST), which is a 1 percent sales tax approved by voters in 2009. Key items included in the Program are the construction of five new elementary schools; new construction and extensive improvements to athletic facilities at all middle and high schools, including field houses at four high schools; improvements to other schools; and improvements in technology.

One of the bigger construction projects completed this summer was the renovation of the old Burke Elementary School, located at 2051 Second Street. After the building was closed in 2009, the district decided to make upgrades and improvements so it would meet the needs of the Elam Alexander program, whose outdated facility on Ridge Avenue did not suit the needs of its students.

To read more about the upgrades and improvements made this summer to improve learning environments and athletic facilities across the county, click here.

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