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Colquitt County parents want to delay high school construction

Attorney Strickland representing opposition Attorney Strickland representing opposition
Document outlining guidelines for educational facility site selection Document outlining guidelines for educational facility site selection
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MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

Construction is set to begin soon on a new Colquitt County High School, but some parents want to delay that.     

They don't think the system followed proper procedure in choosing the site.     

School board members say that's not true. The spot where crews will soon build a new Colquitt County High School is located on Darbyshire Road.  But critics say the site isn't safe.  

"One thing we have found through researching this is that there is a railway very close to school and passing in a very close distance to the school is explosives of agricultural chemicals,"said Michael Strickland, attorney & parent.

Attorney Michael Strickland says the school board didn't follow these state guidelines that outline what must be done to pick locations for new schools.  

"What this tells you to do are the things that haven't been done here which is go get a traffic flow study, go get applications for traffic lights, arrange your fire protection, arrange your utilities, meet with the county with regards to roadways, or if your building is inn the city, meet with the city, they haven't done that," said Strickland.  

Strickland says school leaders haven't even read the document.  

"When I asked our board of education had anybody read it to a person, absolutely no one read it including the superintendent," said Strickland.

Board member Roy Reeves told a WALB reporter Friday night, current board members didn't have to sign off on that document because the school site was chosen before any of them served on the board.  Reeves insists the school system complied with all of the state guidelines.  

Strickland isn't buying that and wants to make sure board members are following the rules.  

"Not just for my children but for all the other children that are going to be using whatever high school we build for generations to come," said Strickland.  

The site has been approved by the Georgia Department of Education. 

Construction is set to start in July, and the school is scheduled to open in 2015.

The 21 million dollar school will be able to serve 2,200 students.

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