The Pike Road School District is making way for expected growth, with three major construction projects costing nearly $14 million planned to improve and expand its campuses.
Through the support of the town council, the system will renovate the Georgia Washington campus, add new athletic facilities and expand the junior high school.
The first phase of construction to be completed will include a football stadium, baseball and softball fields, indoor workout facilities and field houses on the high school campus. Work began on this phase about two weeks ago and is slated to be complete by the start of the next school year, district communications director Rebecca Williams said.
Work has also began on renovating the high school, which was purchased from Montgomery Public Schools in July 2018 for nearly $10 million. The Pike Road district completed some renovations to allow the historic campus to open as its high school within the few weeks before the start of the 2018-2019 school year.
Now, the plan is for “a major overhaul,” of the building, Williams said, which includes renovations to classrooms, offices and the gym. Nearly half of the issued bond is dedicated to this project, projected to cost $7 million.
The plan, she said, is to complete a majority of the classroom space work during the summer, but a specific finish date has not been decided.
The third phase is dedicated to accommodating the growth the district expects by adding 12 new classrooms to the junior high campus.
“That is where the greatest need is,” Williams said, explaining that it is the smallest of the district’s three campuses.
As a four-year-old school system with about 1,800 students, Williams said projections show this expansion should sustain the district for the next five to seven years. The hope is to complete the classrooms by fall 2020.
“This is really exciting,” Williams said. “This is a 13-year making of people coming together with a vision for this school (system).”
Since 2013, four bonds have been issued by the council toward improving the school system, totaling more than $51 million. Because of this, Mayor Gordon Stone said, the school system has not acquired any debt.