March 26, 2003
Albany- Some Albany architects are unhappy because the Dougherty County School Board will soon be spending big bucks with out-of-town firms.
The school board awarded millions of dollars in architectural work today.
But only one local firm, J.W. Buckley and Associates, will be working on one of the six projects for new schools built with the county's special tax money.
Twelve firms recently went through an interview and presentation process with a school board committee.
"What they've done here is wipe the slate clean and forced us to compete directly with firms from all over the state," said Mack Wakeford, of Yielding, Wakeford & McGee Architects.
Three Albany firms are currently working on school projects that include renovations to Radium Springs elementary and middle schools and Monroe High School.
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