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Toombs Planning New High School
Monday, 12 January 2009

January 12--  The Toombs County school board is hoping voters approve extension of a school sales tax to build a new county high school and to add-on at Toombs Central Elementary.

School Superintendent Dr. Kendall Brantley estimates the five-year one percent sales tax will raise almost $20 million for the project.  He says it is needed to relieve overcrowding at Toombs County High School.

"The growth is continuing in the elementary grades so we anticipate further growth at the high school.  By the time we can get the school built, we'll be really bursting at the seams at our current high school," he says.

The school board has bought 90-acres of land adjacent to the high school from the Ladson Family Limited Partnership for $540,000.

The new high school will include tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders.  The current high school would be converted to a junior high school for seventh, eighth and ninth grades.

"Ultimately, the building at Lyons Primary will be reserved for pre-school and perhaps some of our special programs.  Every grade will be moved up a couple of grades with exception of Toombs Central which we plan to re-build at its present location over a ten-year period," Brantley reports.

The sales tax referendum for the education sales tax is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th.  It will also include just over $18 million for various projects in the Vidalia City school system. 

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