A high-performing Thomas County school is undergoing major renovations, to make the learning environment even stronger.
The $2.4 million project at Cross Creek Elementary should be finished by the first day of school. A lot of what you see is still being worked on but is expected to be ready just in time for students to come back to school in August.
School is out, and classrooms are empty, but construction crews are out here everyday making sure the school is ready to go come fall.
"Teachers are chomping at the bit to get back in the door. Every aspect of our school is being remodeled," said Principal Clay Stanaland.
Cross creek elementary is going through a $2.4 million renovation, this includes replacing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units. There will also be new ceilings, carpet, and lighting installed.
"It's just nice being able to see the newness and freshness of it. And it will create some excitement and hopefully encourage kids to learn even more," said Stanaland.
Cross Creek was built in 1993, and for 23 years the school has never gone through a renovation quite like this.
"Our schools are prioritized based on need. Once a school gets about 20 years old they come on the list to qualify for renovation," said Superintendent Dusty Kornegay.
Along with the refurbished building, students will also be happy to know their school was recognized among Georgia's Highest Performing Schools, the only one in southwest Georgia on the list.
Another part of the renovation project is adding a robotics lab and high tech computer lab to create hands-on learning for STEM programs.
"Most of our students if not all will have Chromebooks to use at their discretion throughout the year so we're just excited to keep moving forward," said Stanaland.
The students at this school rank in the 93rd percentile statewide and received the silver award. This means their test scores have increased each year for the past three years.
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