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Drastic change for Sallie Z. students
A new school awaits after Christmas break
Sallie Z Groundbreaki

      Sallie Zetterower Elementary School students will have a drastic change of scenery Thursday as they resume classes in a brand-new school. The Cawana Road campus promises to be an exciting change for students and faculty alike, said Bulloch County Assistant School Superintendent Charles Wilson.
      Open house for all is set for today from noon to 6 p.m., he said.
      As parents bring their children to open house, they can check out the areas where they will drop students off and pick them up, he said. The school has two entrances - one for school buses, and one for parents who drive their kids to school.
      If a driver is approaching the school from U.S. 80 East or the Brannen Street Connector, they will use the second entrance to the school, turning left, he said. If drivers are coming from Burkhalter Road, they will use the first entrance to the school, turning right.
      The entrances will either be marked or there will be someone guiding traffic, Wilson said. "They should be clearly identified."
      In the mornings, when parents drop off children, there will be single-lane of traffic, he said. However, in the afternoon, traffic will be double-lane for pick-upOne reason for this is that parents drop off children at different times, but when they pick them up, they usually arrive around the same time and wait in line for their children, he said.
      Wilson said the new Sallie Zetterower school, which replaces the old school that opened on East Jones Ave. in 1953, is designed much like the new Julia P. Bryant Elementary School.
      The Sallie Zetterower Elementary School has a Georgia/National theme, with hallways featuring Georgia swamps, mountains and polar regions. A map of North America is incorporated into the floor tiles in the cafeteria, he said.
      At the same time, Sallie Z. is opening, construction at the new Mattie Lively Elementary on Debbie Drive is on schedule for a January 2012 opening.
      The new schools are paid for using funds approved in the 2009 Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) referendum that dedicated a penny of local sales tax to school projects.
      Wilson said the cost for the new Sallie Z. is $11.6 million, Mattie Lively $14.4 million and Julia P. $11.7 million.

      Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 912-489-9414.

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