New Richmond County career and technical school goes back to original name

'South Augusta' removed from school name



Richmond County’s new career and technical high school hasn’t yet opened its doors, but it’s already been named twice.

In 2004, a planning committee for the school proposed the name “Richmond County Technical Careers Magnet School,” which was approved by the Richmond County Board of Education soon after.

As years passed and construction started, though, that name was apparently forgotten. With the school
set to open this autumn, the board discussed a name at its meeting in December and settled on “South Augusta Career Technical Magnet School.”

A member of the 2004 planning committee contacted Lynn Warr, the district’s executive director of high schools, this week to point out the issue and ask for a change.

“It was just overlooked,” Warr said.

The school board voted Thursday to rescind the name given to the new school in December and go back to the original name created eight years ago.

Board members had little discussion and no disagreement about the oversight Thursday.

“That’s a better name,” board member Frank Dolan said about the original title.

Board member Marion Barnes, who had recommended “south Augusta” be included in the name in December, said Thursday that he could live with either name.

During December’s meeting, however, Barnes said he wanted the south Augusta area included in the name because “we are very territorial in this city.”

The technical school is scheduled to open in August and has about 800 applications from rising ninth-graders, board member Jack Padgett Jr. said.

Padgett said that during a tour of the campus last week, he found the building to be architecturally impressive and exciting.

The first year will have only ninth grade, and a grade will be added each year until it becomes a full high school.

The school will focus on technical tracks and work in conjunction with neighboring Augusta Technical College.

“It’s really amazing,” Padgett said. “It’s going to be very interesting to see it progress.”

Staff Writer Jason Wermers contributed to this article.




Tue, 09/19/2017 - 22:57

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