'Makeover' official tours arts school

Linda Scales, the board vice president of the Rachel Longstreet Foundation, shows a classroom to construction project manager Andy Monaco. Ellis Johnson, the board president of the Rachel Longstreet Foundation, looks on during the visit at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts. Monaco, who works on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, toured the building in downtown Augusta on Monday.

This much can be said: An official representing Extreme Makeover: Home Edition took a roughly 30-minute tour Monday afternoon of the Jessye Norman School of the Arts in downtown Augusta.

To say anything more would be speculation.

Andy Monaco, a project manager for Lock and Key Productions, which essentially is Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, toured the two-story building with board members from the Rachel Longstreet Foundation, the school's sponsor. Also attending was state Sen. Hardie Davis, D-Gracewood.

Monaco asked a few questions of the board members but told reporters he could not take questions or make a statement.

Linda Scales, the foundation board's vice president, explained the school's history and vision to Monaco.

It is an after-school program for middle school pupils in the Augusta area. They study theater, music, art and dance and can remain with it through high school.

After the tour, Scales and board President Ellis Johnson said they did not know whether representatives of the ABC television show had visited other sites in Augusta or elsewhere, or when an announcement might be made.

They did say show representatives initiated contact with the school.

The show has selected Evans-based Bill Beazley Homes Inc. to build a house for an Augusta area family in early December.