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New SHS expected to open in January
Students will attend current school when 08-09 year begins Aug. 4
Two workers are shown Monday walking outside the construction site of the new Statesboro High. Bulloch County officials said students will go to the current school when classes begin for the 2008-09 year on Aug. 4. The new school is expected to be open when students return from Winter holidays in January. - photo by JAKE HALLMAN/Staff
    When school starts back this fall, Statesboro High School students won't be attending classes in the new building, as previously expected. In order to ensure student and teacher safety and comfort, classes won't be held in the new facility until after Christmas holidays.
    It's not because of the work progress, said Bulloch County Assistant School Superintendent Charles Wilson. It's because of a recent evaluation of the situation and decisions to delay the move into the new school based upon practicality, he siad.
    "We've evaluated the status of the construction progress, and  the contractor is on schedule," he said. "Some things are behind, but some things are ahead."
    School officials want to avoid inconveniences experienced when students moved into Southeast Bulloch's new school last year, he said.
    While the school was ready for the most part, there were minor issues that made things less than smooth - workers having to work after school hours to put the final touches on things, students maneuvering around unfinished  areas, he said.
    "We're looking at logistics and decided it will be better to wait and move in over fall and Christmas break," Wilson said.
    'Teachers can begin moving some furniture and other things during fall break, and by Christmas break, the final move can be made and students will be able to come back to class in the new facility.
    "By early October we will be able to take possession of  the new building except for the auditorium and gym," he said.
    The road connecting Statesboro High School to U.S. 80 will be completed by then, and parking areas will be finished, he said. Delaying the move " will be in the best interest for everyone."
    By Jan. 4, when students return to classes after Christmas holidays, everything should be finished and ready for them, he said.
    "After careful evaluation, it's a choice we were able to make to not do this (move in too early) to everyone," he said. "We're tying to make the best for everyone."
    Moving in before the final touches are completed would be a mistake, based upon experiences with Southeast Bulloch High School last year, Wilson said. "It just makes sense to wait — instructionally, logistically and safety-wise."
    Statesboro High School Principal Marty Waters was not immediately available for comment Monday.
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