The Barrow County School System will soon begin to look for a new location for a new middle school.
Details could never be ironed out with the county concerning the installation for sewer on the proposed Mulberry Road site.
Assistant superintendent for facilities Jake Grant told superintendent Ron Saunders and Board of Education members last week it will take approximately three years to build the new middle school once the bonds are sold.
“There could be a one-year extension,” Grant said.
The new facility will be part of the Winder-Barrow cluster and will be a $16.8 million project.
For more school and education news, see the July 8 issue of the Barrow Journal.
The "FREE" land was not so free. Utilizing this property, would cost the County millions of dollars in sewer installation and road right of way and upgrade expense. Dollars that we just don't have. The family that gifted the land would then utilize this sewer line for their own project, which was a development of over 2000 low end/high density homes, thus creating the need for four new schools in Barrow. You don't fix a school space shortage by the creation of more need! Furthermore, the half wetland site has been determined to be the best location for a second reservoir for our future County water needs.
A better plan would be for the BOC to do a land swap with the BOE, which would secure and protect the site for a future reservoir and provide a more "usable" location for a new school cluster.
Sometimes a gift horse is a Trojan horse...
OH - That was the rezone first denied by the BOC and then the following day, they voted to approve the rezone. (Rockwell Church & Hwy 53) Aah, yes, a John Stells project. Sorry didn't make the connection. Thanks for clearing that up and I agree with you.
For those that don't attend the BOC meeting, that dirty little deal with Stells was done by the old BOC not the new. This is not to say the new BOC is any better just letting you know.
But the sewerage installation costs will be incurred in any event. "Millions" in such construction is irrelevant to the cost of donation of land for a school v. stealing/purchasing the same. That the donors of the land would also benefit from the sewerage lines is obvious, but hardly merits the label of "trojan horse."
So, your proposal is for the government to steal the land and hold it for decades until a new reservoir can be built? Since you don't want swarms of people to move in, we might never need it.
It's a moot point regarding the donation since the lousy economy killed the proposed development/donation anyway.