Cosmetology, automotive programs OK'd

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Columbia County school board members have agreed to move forward with plans to implement automotive and cosmetology programs at Greenbrier and Lakeside high schools.

Superintendent Charles Nagle said the new programs could be in place as early as the 2010-11 school year.

However, he said, the school system will have to wait until it has the money to build facilities for the programs.

"This will be totally at local taxpayer participation," he said.

Mr. Nagle estimated that the facilities will cost as much as $6 million. The price tag includes site work, architectural fees, construction costs and equipping the labs at both schools, he said.

He said the school system likely would construct a one-story building at Greenbrier and a two-story building at Lakeside.

The Lakeside building would house the automotive lab on the first floor and the cosmetology lab and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps space on the second story.

Michael Canady, the director of career and technology education, said the automotive and cosmetology programs were selected for implementation after Greenbrier and Lakeside students were surveyed a couple of years ago.

He said the plans were put on hold until the bidding process for the system's new high school, which has construction costs of $26.5 million, was complete.

"The bid did come in pretty much as predicted, and that is why these things are back on the table now," Mr. Canady said.

Vocational labs at the new high school on Chamblin Road will include metals; cosmetology; construction; automotive; technology; ProStart, or commercial foods; technology; and JROTC.

Reach Betsy Gilliland at (706) 868-1222, ext. 113, or betsy.gilliland@augustachronicle.com.


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