Bigger is better.
That was the thought from some parents and teachers at Murphey Middle School’s open house Thursday.
“The other building just looked too small for that many students,” parent Christina Franklin said.
The former Murphey Middle on Milledgeville Road has been empty since the end of the 2015-16 school year. Students and teachers were at Bungalow Road last year.
The first walk-through of the new building took place July 20 for school board members, followed by a second one a week later, allowing the community to see the new facility.
But the school’s open house was the first opportunity that many parents and students had to see the top-notch science, technology, engineering and mathematics equipment and computers, and walk on the shiny new tiles.
The new school is adjacent to T.W. Josey High School and the schools will share a bus loop and cafeteria, although middle school and high school students will not occupy those spaces at the same time.
Over the next two years, Richmond County schools will build one new school and rebuild two others. An unnamed K-8 school will open at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year on Jimmie Dyess Parkway.
Wheeless Road Elementary and Sego Middle schools will not be open this year. Students have been dispersed to other Richmond County schools. Both schools will reopen at their original locations in 2019-20.
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