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May 21, 2004

Americus - A South Georgia tradition is coming to an end but a new one is certainly beginning. And there is a lot of work ahead before the doors to a new school open next year.

Americus High School Principal Juanita Wilson never slows down. "I love change, I think its for progress always when you can change and there are a lot of changes going on in Americus High School today."

There certainly are a lot of changes going on. Change is everywhere you turn. From the gym being dismantled, to a new Agricultural-Science Lab being built. "It's going to be highly sophisticated, very, very, very powerful lab and we are hiring a teacher to come in and do this lab for us," said Wilson.

Next year, Americus High will be home to all the 10th, 11th, and 12th graders in Sumter County, while the home of the Rams, Sumter County Comprehensive High, will house the 9th Grade. "There will always be a Ram in all of us here in this building, we will always have some of that in us, but it is time to move forward," said Sumter Principal Victoria Harris.

These Sumter Rams will be Americus-Sumter Panthers in the fall, a change the kids seem okay with. "The blending is taking place. Y'all the children have never been our problem, it is the adults in this community who have been the problem, the children are fine, they are doing all of the things they need to do to bring this union into play," Harris said.

Including lending a hand, even the students are helping get their new school ready for next year.

About a million dollars worth of improvements are being made at the Americus High School location, which will be known as the Americus-Sumter County High School South Campus. The current Sumter High will be the North Campus, housing the 9th grade class as well as the LEAP program.

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