Closing Lamar Elementary might be school board option

As the Richmond County school system considers ways to “rightsize,” one option could be to close Lamar Elementary School, one official said this afternoon, although any closing would be more than a year away.

In 2006, voters approved a list of school SPLOST projects, which included the construction of a new Milledge Elementary School.

Milledge pupils must be put somewhere during construction and they will likely go to Lamar, school board Vice President Alex Howard said this afternoon.

Once construction is complete, it is proposed that all of the children at Lamar be moved to the new Milledge and that Lamar be closed.

The confusion among members of the public is that a decision has been made and that the school will be closed immediately, Mr. Howard said. That isn’t the case.

A special meeting of the board has been set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss rightsizing, including the Milledge situation, he said.

The board won’t take any action at the meeting, but will hear proposals from Superintendent Dana Bedden.

The board must approve any rightsizing action and before it does it will hold forums to hear from the public, Mr. Howard said.

“We are very conscious of parents’ concerns of going to new schools,” he said.

Milledge is located near the site of the new Kroc Center.

“There are a lot of exciting changes in that area,” Mr. Howard said.

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