LIVE: Tallahassee, FL - September 24, 2012 9:00pm
Big plans are in the works for Valdosta High School. In just a few years from now all classes will be moved to a new and improved building.
"It will be one of the most highly developed, High Tech, schools anywhere in the state of Georgia," said Bill Cason Ph.D., Valdosta City Schools Superintendent. "Our current facility is one of the most poorly designed in the state as far as high schools are concerned. We need to get out of it rather than spend more money trying to renovate a building that is really not suited to academics."
"A lot of people drive by and they look at your schools and a lot of times they don't think about what actually goes on inside those buildings," said Jennifer Steedley, Valdosta City Schools Public Relations Director. "It is more about what it looks like on the outside."
The new facility will be on a 185 acre plot of land near the intersection of Lakeland Highway and Inner Perimeter Road, just two miles West of the current one. And if all goes well it will be there for the next 50 or 60 years.
"I hope that it is something that all the children can be proud of. And all the community can be proud of," said Steedley. "And I look forward to my children being a part of that."
The school will be designed by the Firm "Altman and Barrett Architects" in Valdosta.
LIVE: Tallahassee, FL - September 24, 2012 5:49pm
With more and more school budget cuts, we often see students stuck in run-down facilities, and using old supplies. But that's not the case for students in one local community.
Valdosta High School students are going to get a whole new facility, and parents and teachers are going to be learning all about it at the Pinevale Learning Center in Valdosta.
The current facility is 40 years old and school officials say they need a new one to stay competitive.
This new one will have more classrooms, new technology, and officials say it will be something for the community to be proud of.
The meeting is at 7:00 and open to the public. At tonight's school board meeting they will announce the architect.
Last week the board held a special meeting to see the presentations of their top three candidates.
The new facilitiy will be on an 185 acre plot of land near the intersection of Lakeland Highway and Inner Perimeter Road, just two miles West of the current one.
Of course there's still the question of what will become of the current facility, however, there's no definitive answer as of yet, as it is still in the early phases of planning.