CALHOUN CO., GA (WALB) - Students in Calhoun County will be moving into a new school in the next few years.
It's all thanks to a state grant and the approval by voters to extend the education penny tax.
From the rugs to the ceiling tiles the 40 plus year-old buildings are showing their age in Calhoun County.
"Everything is pretty much outdated," said Jeffery Haynes, a student at the high school.
"We're at the point where we continuously make repairs and patching just to try to maintain the building," said superintendent Yolanda Turner.
Turner said the maintenance costs are rising.
She's often taking big chunks from the budget to fix heating and air systems, roofing problems and equipment.
"It is time for us to pursue a new building for our students," said Turner. "Something modern, safe and cost effective."
Thanks to a $15 million low-wealth grant from the state and voters support for extending the education penny tax, a new K through 12 building is in the near future.
"I can't give you enough words to really express how excited we are," said Turner.
Right now the school system is made up of 670 students in three separate buildings. The plan is to make one building for all the students.
"We believe for the size of our system it makes sense to have us under one roof," said Turner.
Groundbreaking is expected next fall on what is now the football field. After that, school system leaders hope the school will be ready 18 months later.
While students now may be graduate before it's complete, they say a new building is something the school system needs.
"Our school is old and has a lot of history, but change is great so we are looking forward to it," said high school student Kobe Stringer.
The superintendent said this is a community project.
School system leaders plan to have meetings county wide so that residents can give their input and ideas for the building.