Committee approves moving Dougherty High students to vacant middle school

ALBANY, Ga. -- Dougherty High School students will be moved to the vacant Dougherty Middle School for the upcoming school year until Phase II renovations are completed at the high school.

The move, however, depends on approval by the DCSS School Board, whose Building and Grounds Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to send the request to the Board.

Bids on nearly $25 million project are due on June 11, and system officials estimate the renovations will take 14 to 16 months to complete from the date the Board approves moving the students.

Dougherty Middle became an option earlier this year when the Board closed the school along with Sylvester Road and Magnolia.

In other committee recommendations:

After the Dougherty High work is complete, the next project on tap is the final phase of renovations at Monroe High School. That nearly $30 million project includes work on the cafeteria, a new media center and a massive renovation of the school's gymnasium.

The committee also voted to send out RFQs (Request for Qualifications) for architectural work on six projects:

  • Magnolia Educational Center
  • Sylvandale Learning Center
  • Turner Elementary Phase II
  • Northside Elementary Phase II
  • Lake Park Elementary Phase II
  • Albany High Phase II

The committee also approved moving a $20 bond request before the full Board. The estimated $11.8 million in SPLOST savings from the three school closures is folded into that $20 million.

All the items must be approved by the full board, which will meet May 29 at the at the school administration building.


JJ417 1 year, 2 months ago

Thanks Velvet Riggins and Darrel Ealum for moving Monroe down another two years before the school system do any renovation to Monroe. Both of you know the school witch is the second oldest school in Albany, really need the renovation done. You two are the reason why Dr. Thomas is really moving from the school because she was very adimit about the schools renovation. Monroe was approved for renovation back in March 26, 2003 when they did the addition to the school. The school should have been completely renovated by 2007. But the money disappeared and used in other places within the system. When Dr. Thomas came aboard Monroe, she got right to work about the renovation of the school and brought attention to the school. All of a sudden, Money appeared out of no where to renovate Monroe. Mr. Ealum has been fighting aginst the renovation and wanted it to go back before the board to be voted on (Jan. 30, 2012 Board Agenda). Look at the board min., he Ealum voted against it but notice a lot of people who attended the meeting where alums of Monroe and lived in his district, so he changed his vote and had it placed on he record. Mr. Ealum and Riggins want and was trying to help there friend out, to get a new Architect ( David Maschke) to replace the Architect from the original bid Buckley & Associates. Ealum, your from Lee Co. we the proud Alums of Monroe High do live in your district AND WILL REMEMBER THIS COME RE ELECTION TIME. So do all you can to help your friend Maschke and Rigins. We know your agenda Ealum


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