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Site Work for New Elementary School Begins

LaGrange, Ga., August 22, 2017– Today, if Troup County residents pass 1905 South Davis Road, they will see a new landscape. This is due to the excavating and logging that has started on site in preparation for a new Troup County School System (TCSS) elementary school.

In May 2016, the citizens of the county voted to replace Whitesville Road Elementary in Education SPLOST. At the August 2017 Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to accept the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) Package submitted by Carroll Daniel Construction Company. The GMP allows for site work in preparation for roadways, foundation work, electrical, water and sewer, and site improvements to begin. On Saturday, construction vehicles commenced logging and clearing work.

“The current facility has met its life expectancy. It was once Troup High and was never fashioned as a school for lower grades. After reviewing our long-term facilities plan, we noticed it cost more to maintain and fix the campus than it did to replace the building,” said John Radcliffe, Assistant Superintendent of Operations. “We are grateful for the community support in the 2016 Education SPLOST election, which contained the replacement of the elementary school onWhitesville Road.”

Radcliffe continued, “This will be a state-of-the-art campus with colorful designs and moveable furniture, enhanced security systems, and open space. All of these elements appeal to providing an educational environment optimal for student learning.”

Construction is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2018, with the school opening for students in August 2018. The school system has budgeted $16 million to construct the new elementary campus.

TCSS invites the public to a Groundbreaking Ceremony: Thursday, August 30 3:30 p.m. 1905 South Davis Rd. LaGrange, GA 30241 About Troup County School System Troup County School System is an accredited educational system with over 12,200 students in grades K-12. TCSS does offer a free Pre-K program at each elementary school. The system is comprised of eleven elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, one college and career academy, and one alternative learning center. Students within the school system are taught a rigorous and relevant curriculum that helps them make college and career choices beyond graduation and succeed in life. The system 2016 graduation rate rose 5.5 percentage points to 76.9 percent. To learn more about Troup County School System, visit troup.org and the Troup County School System Facebook page.