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Sumter Co. leaders present plans for new high school

Superintendent Donnie Smith, Sumter County Schools Superintendent Donnie Smith, Sumter County Schools
Dr. Michael Busman, School Board Chairman Dr. Michael Busman, School Board Chairman
SUMTER CO., GA (WALB) -

Sumter County school leaders are urging voters to pass a sales tax to fund a new high school.

School Superintendent Donnie Smith hosted an open forum on Tuesday night to talk to parents and taxpayers about plans for a new Americus-Sumter High School.

It would cost 40 to 42 million dollars and would allow all 9th through 12th graders to attend classes on the same campus.

Smith said the state would pay $14 million.

He hopes voters will renew the education splost to raise the other $26-28 million.

He said it's worth it to get students out of the current undersized, outdated facilities.

"A lot of our kids are trying really hard and they deserve a world class education," said Smith. "They deserve, in my estimation, better as far as facilities. Better than we are providing for them now."

"Whether or not to pass a splost, which would be an additional one cent sales tax, it would actually be a continuation of the one we already have," said Dr. Michael Busman, School Board Chairman. "That would help fund a new high school."

The current campus is only 36.4 acres.

Smith said the recommendation for high school space is 100 acres.

The plan for the new campus is to hold 1,300 plus students.

The sales tax vote will be held on March 17th.

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