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New VHS in planning stages?


A south Georgia school system could have a brand new high school in the next several years. The current Valdosta High School is 38 years old. It's undergone some renovations but the superintendent says some of the vocational labs don't even meet state standards.

By next year they'll decide whether they'll construct a new school.

The vocational wing of Valdosta high is in desperate need of repair and the hallways are too small, says Superintendent Dr. Bill Cason. "All those hallways come together right there in the lunch room. There's a multitude that needs to be repaired."

The school was built in 1973. Some of the renovations through the years include enclosing some of the pod style classrooms and adding a performing arts center.

The bottom line is the school is old. Principal Rufus McDuffie is excited about the possibility of a new school. "That's awesome. I think kids parents in the community have been wanting a new high school for a while," he said.

Dr. Cason says to fully renovate and modernize the building, would cost as much as building a new school. It could be paid for by sales tax money or by selling bonds. "If we want to wait and build it as we go as SPLOST money comes in or whether we want to explore selling bonds to go ahead and complete the facility."

But the superintendent says they're still exploring ideas and they won't make a decision on whether to build a new Valdosta High School until next year. 

It's possible the new school would be built on the same site as the current one and could be two stories.


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