Tuesday, August 14th 2018, 5:22 pm CDT
The Town Council has $24 million in bond money to spend on PRS. That includes the $9.8 million to buy Georgia Washington (GW) campus. The town plans to fully renovate GW and add a career tech facility to the Trotman land. The two plans are different by where the athletic complex will go. However, Town of Pike Road Mayor Gordon stone said neither plan is set in stone.
To residents like Alice and Clemmie Blair, who live right across from the Trotman Property, the proposed expansions would be good news. “I feel excited. I feel very very good because I think it means growth,” said Alice Blair. “You want to hold your property value and, you know, expand,” said Clemmie Blair.
Stone said the council wants to invest the money in a way that will provide for now and years to come. He said builders and engineers would like concrete plans soon to start having improvements in place by next school year but the council wants to make the best decision. On July 30, the Pike Road Town Council held a joint work session, that was open to the public, with the Pike Road Schools Board of Education.
Councilwoman Betsy Atkins said two plans were presented at the work session. Both plans included actions to renovate and update the Georgia Washington school campus and create space for athletics and career technology offerings. Atkins said a final decision by Sept. 1 is ideal.
Residents also looked at plans to expand arts, enrollment, athletics and other academic programming, adding their feedback. Feedback the town and district said will help them move forward.
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