Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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February 9, 2012

Ground broken for new school

Cordele — Crisp County children in kindergarten through second grade will be moving into a brand new school in the fall of 2013, and ground was broken for that facility Monday.

A large group of friends from the community joined school officials as they shoveled the ceremonial first scoops of dirt where Crisp County Primary School will sit just off Old Hatley Rd. between Hwy. 300 and I-75.

"Isn't this a beautiful site to greet children every day," Board of Education Chairman Troy Pullin said, as he looked around at the trees and wood line that will separate the school campus from the main roadway.

The site is large enough, Pullin added, that three more schools can be built there if the money is available. When this project is completed, he said, it will be totally paid for with E-SPLOST (special purpose local option sales tax for education) and state funds. "We won't owe any money on the primary school."

Superintendent Jay Brinson explained that some of the school buildings currently in use are more than 50 years old. "They have served us well and have been adapted to meet the needs of the instructional program, but there comes a time when we need to start fresh."

Lead Architect Greg Smith from Buckley & Associates said the complex will include 84 classrooms, music, art and computer labs, a media center, gym and cafeteria with a stage. "It will be a magnificent facility," he said, complete with the necessary security and designed to protect the environment.

Lyndy Jones, president of JCI General Contractors Inc. who will be building the facility, thanked the board and community for their confidence in his company. "We take our responsibility seriously, and we want to be good stewards of the money dedicated to this project."

On behalf of the local Chamber of Commerce, Chairman Eli Tinsley thanked the local educational leaders for their foresight. "You are responsible for the leadership of tomorrow," he said.

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