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School system dedicates new facilities

January 26, 2003

Dougherty County-- The new $8.6 million Robert A. Cross Magnet Middle School is named in memory of one of Dougherty County's champions for education. His wife reflects on how it makes her feel to see her husband's name honored.

"Well its mixed emotions. It makes me sad, and then I'm happy about it and proud to know that his name will be continued in the community," says Mrs. Cross.

The school was established as Highland Fundamental Middle School; Holly Thursby was also principal at the old location. She says the staff actually had to adjust to having much more space in the new building.

Teachers say the students enjoy having a larger learning space. "They appreciate it; they really do. This is kind of like a dream," admits Family and Consumer Science Teacher, Linda Hatcher.

Students who attend the magnet school are chosen by lottery which ensures that children from every geographic and economic level in the county have a chance to learn and enjoy the 87,000 square foot facility.

Dougherty School System also held the dedication ceremony for the new Albany Middle School facility located at 1700 Cordell Road. Both buildings were completed this school year.

Posted at 5:15 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com