LaDon Wells, Construction manager for the district reviewed progress and answered questions on the new ele-mentary school during the meeting.
“My understanding was that it would be four lanes all the way down to the elementary school. Is this what is in place now,” asked Wanda Davis, Board chair.
Wells explained that the original plan to have four lanes from Hwy 53 to each school is in place.
“Just past the high school practice gym the traffic is divided between buses and cars. Four lanes continue to the elementary school but the split takes two lanes of cars to one side of the school and the other two lanes direct buses to the other side of the school,” said Wells.
“The orginal concept was to have no cars other than faculty on the bus side of the school. We have stayed true to this concept. Upon exiting, the elementary school, four lanes continue, allowing drivers the option to go to the mid-dle school or to Hwy 53,” he said.
Davis stressed that the board is very pleased with the progress of the school and Wells’ management of construc-tion.
“I can’t thank the citizens of Gordon County enough for voting to continue the education SPLOST. It is through their support that we were able to build this school,” added Davis.
Sonoraville Middle School hosted the monthly board meeting and Principal Allen Bowen gave a report on the first days of school for Sonoraville Middle School students.
“We had 850 to 860 students in attendance for these first few days of school, which is great. Our teachers have been focused on the four Rs (rigor, relevance, relationships and results) and want to get better and deeper into standards and engaging lessons for our students,” Bowen said.
“All our schools had a great first day of schools. The principals and teachers got off to a great start. I know they had to come in and work extra hard because they didn’t have that extra day. That says something about the quality of educators we have in Gordon County Schools. Thank you all for your dedication to our kids,” Davis said.
During the meeting, board members were recognized with a round of applause for completion of Georgia School Board Association training hours.
“They are a board of distinction and we appreciate their dedication and commitment to Gordon County Schools,” said Dr. Bill McCown, superintendent.
The board passed a spending resolution for the month of September. The resolution is necessary to keep the school district operating until the County’s tax digest has been determined for the year according to McCown.
Before adjourning, Superintendent McCown announced open house dates for Sonoraville Middle and High Schools as August 13; Ashworth Middle School as September 8; and Gordon Central High School as September 14.
A dedication ceremony and open house for Sonoraville Elementary School are scheduled for Sunday, August 23 from 3:00 to 5:00p.m.