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New BHS Is Now Under Construction

It’s official…a new Blountstown High School is now under construction! A groundbreaking ceremony for the long awaited high school was held Tuesday morning on the site at Hwy. 69 and Mason Road. School Superintendent Tommy McClellan was joined by former Superintendent Mary Sue Neves who initiated the project during her term in office. McClellan commended JRA Architects, Culpepper Construction, and Bailey, Bishop & Lane Engineers for all their hard work getting the project underway. The school is being built on an 80 acre site that was purchased back in May for $539,493 from Marc Choulat and his sister, Terri. Superintendent McClellan says students who are currently 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th graders will be the first group to attend the new high school in the 2011-12 school year. The old BHS will house BMS. State Representative Marti Coley was also thanked for her assistance, along with Sen. Al Lawson, for working to get proviso language included in the state appropriation bill that allowed Calhoun County to be reimbursed for prior expenses on the school project. School Board Chairwoman Kelly King commented that she is pleased to see the new BHS project moving forward and hopes to see new schools in the future for Altha, Carr, and Blountstown Elementary.

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