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Northside to reopen at Thanksgiving

Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua Murfree, right, and the School Board, including Chairman James Bush, were told during a Wednesday board meeting that Northside Elementary school will be opened in late November.

Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua Murfree, right, and the School Board, including Chairman James Bush, were told during a Wednesday board meeting that Northside Elementary school will be opened in late November.

ALBANY -- Northside Elementary School, which has been shut down since Oct. 10 because of a massive roof leak, likely won't reopen for another month.

In a briefing before its meeting Wednesday, the Dougherty County School Board was told that the school should reopen sometime around Thanksgiving.

Work on the roof was halted earlier this week after school officials balked at a $16,000 change order. That has been resolved and work should resume shortly.

DCSS Director of Finance Robert Lloyd said the system hopes that students, who are now being bused to three different schools, should be able to return to to Northside around Thanksgiving.

The school was already preparing to undergo a re-roofing project that was approved by the Dougherty County Board of Education earlier this year.

Otherwise, the board breezed through a light agenda, but spentmore than an hour in closed session to discuss personnel and legal matters.

The board tabled recommendations for approval of contracts with Alternatives Unlimited (Drop Back In Academies) and Global Partnership Solutions, while approving employment and release of personnel.

The board meeting is scheduled 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the School Administration Building at the corner of Pine Avenue and Washington Street.