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Lucy C. Laney High School demolition to continue through October

Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 5:59 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 1:46 AM
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Demolition will continue through October at Lucy C. Laney High School so a $20 million renovation project can begin.

Workers are tearing down portions of the Laney campus to complete classroom and kitchen replacements, renovations and site upgrades. Senior Director of Facilities and Maintenance Benton Starks said demolition should wrap up by the end of this month.

Bids for the construction project will go out in the next 60 days, he said.

Demolition is also underway at Butler High School on Lumpkin Road for $20 million in classroom replacements, a media center renovation, stadium upgrades and a new cafeteria. The project is under one bid for the demolition and construction portion and, like the Laney project, will take up to 2½ years to complete, Starks said.

The students and staff from Laney are being temporarily housed at the Tubman Education Center on Walton Way, while construction is working around the Butler population on site.

The projects are being funded by Phase IV of the 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax approved by Richmond County voters in November. About 40 campuses will be upgraded through Phase IV SPLOST in all, and about 15 projects are in the Tier I portion.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/01/13 - 08:06 am
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Real Money

$20 million to upgrade Laney. $20 million to upgrade Butler. Pretty soon you're talking real money.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/01/13 - 08:07 am
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Too Small

From the story:

The students and staff from Laney are being temporarily housed at the Tubman Education Center on Walton Way.

If you have physical plant to house an entire school population (staff and students) at another school, then you have too much physical plant. It is time to downsize.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/01/13 - 09:06 am
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School Is Not Needed

That's a lot of money for a school that's not needed. How can that kind of money be justified?

lgr
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lgr 10/01/13 - 11:39 am
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laney and butler

because voters always vote for the splot taxes without thinking about who will benefit from the money

BigChuck2035
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BigChuck2035 10/12/13 - 11:43 am
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Laney High

It's time for new school, I graduated from Laney 55 years ago. My class was the first to do four years at the new school,that was 59 years ago. anyone who believes that a new school is not needed does not have a child or grandchild attending the public schools in Richmond County.

OrenWhitmore
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OrenWhitmore 10/15/13 - 10:26 pm
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When will they stop building schools

Richmond County has a problem of too many schools now and they want to demolish and build another Laney High School. This makes NO SENSE!!! What they should be doing is consolidating all of the high schools to maximize enrollment and closing old, inefficient schools like Laney, ARC, and Josey. Consolidate Laney and Josey, which are both terribly under enrolled, and build a new facility that could house all three high schools. This community cannot afford to continue throwing good money away on bad decisions because of tradition. Time for everyone to move into the 21st century and make decisions that move all of us forward instead of pandering to old Augustans.

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