Closing Lamar Elementary might be school board option

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 1:45 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 5:04 PM
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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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conservative 04/22/09 - 09:15 pm
When and where will these

When and where will these forums be held? Lamar faculty had 24 hours notice that this would be brought up at the board meeting. Parents have received NO notice from the board. The Lamar staff was told by Dr. Bedden that the faculty and students would be "dispersed throughout the county" while the Milledge students and staff would be moved to the Lamar site. Why not move the Milledge population rather than disrupt two schools during the building phase. Alternately, the two school could merge on the Lamar campus during the construction phase.

struggling parent
struggling parent 04/22/09 - 10:01 pm
Close the school.... The

Close the school.... The principal and staff were a sham considering how they treated my son in third grade when we reported that a 4th grader threaten my son with bodily harm with a weapon in the bathroom. I yanked my son out of that d--- school. As result they were suspended for failing to address this issue. It was the last straw for me in trying to get things address and have my child safe in that school. CLOSE IT!!

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