In the next few days, 18 elementary schools will close their doors for the summer. However, in the fall, only 17 schools will welcome students back for another term.
The Columbia County school system decided not to renovate three old neighborhood schools, instead consolidating them into two new school buildings that could house 1,000 students each. That figure is twice as much as any of the older three schools. Martinez and Evans Elementary would retain their school’s names and traditions, but Bel Air Elementary’s population would merge into the other two schools.