A familiar face is returning to the Columbia County school system.
Jeff Carney, a former Lakeside High School principal who served a year as an associate superintendent before leaving two years ago to become superintendent of schools in Lincoln County, is returning to Columbia County as an associate superintendent.
Carney will fill in under Deputy Superintendent Sandra Carraway, who will become superintendent upon the retirement of current Superintendent Charles Nagle. The school board Tuesday approved Carney’s hiring.
Also on Tuesday, the board approved a $1,085,000 bid from the Continental Construction Co. for construction of a 12-room addition to Evans Middle School. The allocated budget was $1.5 million.
“We feel fortunate in these savings,” said Nagle.
The need to expand the school arose as the result of middle school rezonings approved in December in preparation for the planned August opening of the new Columbia Middle School. That school is relocating from its Columbia Road site in Appling to a campus on William Few Parkway.
When the new Columbia Middle opens, its population will grow to help relieve overcrowding at Grovetown Middle School.
The rezoning plan left Evans Middle above capacity by about 130 students, with the understanding that a planned expansion of the school would prevent overcrowding.
“Hopefully construction will start in the middle to the end of March because we want it to be open on Aug. 1 in time for the new school year,” Nagle said.
Board members also unamimously approved a measure that would create uniformity in money-handling by parent and booster organizations.
While some organizations are responsible for their own accounting of funds, by the beginning of July all organizations will have their money accounted for by their respective schools.
“Just to remove any connotation of any impropriety, we feel running the money through the school books is very important because we do an accounting of those daily, monthly and we provide a quarterly report for the organizations.” Nagle said.