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Bulloch schools' construction on schedule, a lot still to be done

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    Bulloch County school construction projects are on schedule a little less than three weeks before the first day of school, and contingency plans are in place for work that won't be complete by Aug. 1.
    Charles Wilson, assistant superintendent of Business and Finance, gave a brief update to Board of Education members Thursday about building projects in progress.
    “There’s a lot to be done, but things are on schedule,” he said.
    Southeast Bulloch High School is expected to open without any problems. Wilson said the gym probably won't be ready until Sept. 1, but plans are in place to work around that. The front area and parking lot will not be finished until the old building is torn down.
    At Nevils Elementary, the cafeteria is finished, but the kitchen is not. Students will be served sack lunches for the first 10 days.
    Paving could be delayed at both SEB and Nevils Elementary if there is lots of rain in the coming weeks.
    The Statesboro High School project also is on schedule, Wilson said. Parents should be aware that there will be some traffic flow changes at the parent drop off. More information will be supplied on the first school day, August 1, gets closer.
    In other business, the Board approved the land purchase for Portal High School on Thursday during regular session. The land will be used for the construction of new facilities for the school.
    Also, Superintendent Dr. Lewis Holloway informed the board of a new program to partner technical and charter schools to provide vocational education for high school students. In Bulloch County, the proposed partnership would be between Bulloch County schools and Ogeechee Technical College.
    The Georgia General Assembly allocated $15 million for the creation of five of these partnership schools in the state of Georgia. Funding for these schools would come from the allocation and would not take any funds away from schools already established.
    The board approved the motion to put the OTC Partnership Grant on the table to be voted upon within 30 days.
    Dr. Holloway said these schools are a triple win. Both Bulloch County and OTC could claim the dually enrolled students, increasing attendance numbers for both schools. Students would transfer to OTC at some point and eventually enter the workforce with greater earning capabilities.

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