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Columbia County school board OKs alternative school move

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 7:36 PM
Last updated 11:54 PM
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Columbia County Alternative School will be moving to a new neighborhood next year.

School board members on Tuesday unanimously approved relocating the school from its Grovetown site to the current Evans Elemen­tary School, a building that will be vacated as pupils move to a new campus nearby for the 2013-14 school year.

Residents of neighborhoods surrounding Evans Elementary had been wary of the move but seemed reassured by a hearing last Thursday that the school “isn’t a YDC campus,” board Chairwoman Regina Buccafusco said.

The alternative school, which serves primarily middle and high school students who have violated the system’s code of conduct, has operated for 20 years.

For the past six years, it has been held in the county’s Johns Building, which was built in 1938.

The building will be razed after the school moves, officials have said.

The moves will come this summer as Evans Elementary moves to a larger two-story school under construction on Gibbs Road. The school will absorb some students from Bel Air Elementary, which temporarily will house Martinez Elementary pupils relocated next year as their school is torn down and rebuilt.

When construction is complete, in time for the start of the 2014-15 school year, Bel Air will close and its pupils will move to the larger Evans and Martinez elementary school campuses.

School officials have said they plan to sell the Bel Air Elementary site after the school is vacated.

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BanjoStang 01/23/13 - 10:56 pm
Residents are far from "reassured"

This move was planned long ago and was a done deal before it was ever presented to the public. Residents (I am one of them) just realize that we have absolutely no possibility of changing this decision. Furthermore, we also realize that we have no representation in local government when it comes to the School Board.

The meeting held to "allay resident's fears" was absurd. No impact to the area you say? The residents purchased their homes with a major selling point being that it was adjacent with walking paths to an elementary school - good for property values and families.

Answer this question.

Would you buy a house adjacent to an "alternative school"?

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