Students at the Columbia County Alternative School could be moving to an Evans campus next year.
Columbia County School Superintendent Charles Nagle asked the school board to consider moving the alternative school from the Johns Building in Grovetown to the Evans Elementary School campus on Gibbs Road
The school will be vacant next year after the new Evans Elementary opens.
“The school that the alternative school is residing in now has to be torn down,” Nagle said. “We’re going to have to make a decision on where to put those students.”
Funding is available for demolition of the current school, but not to build a new alternative school, Nagle said.
By moving to the Evans Elementary campus, students will have access to a media center, computer lab and gym, which don’t exist at the current site, Nagle said.
The biggest cost associated with the move would be updating the school’s security system, a mandatory requirement for relocating any middle or high school, he said.
Alternative School Principal Ja’net Bishop said traffic likely won’t be affected as only four of the school’s 102 students drive to the campus. Only two buses come to and from the school, she said.
In the future, Nagle said he could see the Evans Elementary campus being used for students to build on their career skills in industries such as automotive or welding.
The board will vote on the relocation Dec. 11.
Also Tuesday, the board approved 3-2 a rezoning affecting 350 pupils at Columbia, Evans, Grovetown and Greenbrier Middle schools despite a petition from residents in the Birchwood subdivision asking that their children remain in the Greenbrier district rather than be rezoned to Evans Middle.
Trustees Kristi Baker and Mike Sleeper opposed the new school zones.
The rezoning, in advance of a larger Columbia Middle School, will relieve overcrowding at Grovetown Middle School but push Evans Middle School’s population above capacity by about 130 pupils. Twelve additional classrooms, however, will be built at Evans Middle.