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February 27, 2008


Albany -- Should some of Dougherty County's high schools consolidate?
Dougherty County School Board members now say no.

A consulting firm called Urban Collage just finished a cost analysis of renovation projects at the four Dougherty County High Schools.

They looked closely at student population and what it would cost to consolidate into two or three high schools.

In the end, they recommended $92 million worth of renovations to all four high schools as the best option.  

"Once we did a financial analysis it makes sense to continue with our existing models," says Dougherty County School Board Chairman Michael Windom.

Urban Collage claims consolidating down to three schools would not have saved the school system any money even though Albany High School's student population continues to decline.

When we asked why today's presentation was not made at a public hearing, Windom said it could have been done in a public hearing but the board simply decided not to.

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