VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The latest renderings released by Valdosta City Schools showed Tuesday what the new Valdosta High School might look like, but that was assuming residents in Valdosta and Lowndes County would vote to continue the E-SPLOST, allowing the school district to collect a majority of the money it needed to build the new high school.
"This facility is very much needed here in our community," said Valdosta City Schools' Facilities Director Kaci Nobles. "It's a much larger facility; it's over 500,000 square feet. It's an entire campus, so it's not just a school building that we're building."
Assuming, Tuesday, the E-SPLOST passed, construction was scheduled to begin in January 2016 with the school expected to be ready for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. "We are currently working with our construction manager and our architects on a total cost for the project. So, we do not have a cost as of yet but we do have a budget of $85 million," Nobles explained.
Tuesday evening, a campaign was held to encourage voters to support E-SPLOST. John Eunice was one of the campaign's co-chairmen and said he believed a new high school would be best for the city.
"The campus is in major need of some infrastructure overhaul and repair, and looking at that and the need to expand some of the existing capabilities for some of the technical trades and expanding the existing IV program, this gives us an opportunity to do that," said Eunice.
But while confidence was high Tuesday that E-SPLOST would pass, ultimately there was no guarantee. "If this E-SPLOST doesn't pass," said Nobles, "then we have to regroup and decide what to do."
As of Tuesday, the election was scheduled to take place on March 17th.