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Alternative school will move to Evans campus

Posted: January 22, 2013 - 8:20pm  |  Updated: January 27, 2013 - 1:06am
The alternative school will move from its current location in Grovetown to the site of the current Evans Elementary School with the start of the 2013-14 school year.
The alternative school will move from its current location in Grovetown to the site of the current Evans Elementary School with the start of the 2013-14 school year.

Columbia County’s Alternative School will be moving to a new neighborhood next year.

School board members Tuesday unanimously approved relocating the school from its Grovetown site to the current Evans Elementary School, a building that will be vacated as students move to a new campus nearby for the 2013-14 school year.

Residents of neighborhoods surrounding Evans Elementary had been wary of the move, but seemed reassured by a hearing this past Thursday that the school “isn’t a YDC campus,” said board chairwoman Regina Buccafusco.

“I think the forum really went well,” she said, calming the fears of nervous residents.

The alternative school, which primarily serves middle- and high-school students who have violated the system’s code of conduct, has operated for 20 years. For the past six years, it has been held in the county’s Johns Building, which was built in 1938.

The building will be razed after the Alternative School moves, officials have said.

The moves will come this summer as Evans Elementary moves to a new, larger two-story school under construction on Gibbs Road. The school will absorb some students from Bel Air Elementary, which temporarily will house Martinez Elementary students relocated next year as their school is torn down and rebuilt.

Once construction is complete in time for the start of the 2014-15 school year, Bel Air will close, with its students distributed to the larger Evans and Martinez elementary school campuses.

School officials have said they plan to sell the Bel Air Elementary site once the school is vacated.

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