The ball is finally rolling and students and faculty at Dale County Schools will be seeing changes to their campuses in the near future.
Having to move her kindergarten students into the school’s main building because of inclement weather is not unusual for George W. Long Kindergarten Teacher Haley Johnson. "It's a big responsibility taking care of students out in a trailer, especially it being kindergarten,” she says. “If there were bad weather, getting them transferred into the building."
However, that will soon change along with other major differences in Long’s campus and all other Dale County Schools.
Dale Co. Schools Superintendent Phillip Parker said, "We're up and going; our architects are looking at [the possibilities]; we've got survey crews out at our George W. Long."
Superintendent Parker says plans are in the making for improvements in the schools, after a long debate on how to spend and who to borrow the funds from. 'We all agreed that we would borrow some,” he explained. “State would provide some money and we would also look at some of our local money."
In addition, the county also received a $200,000 dollar grant, helping speed up the process of the improvements.
"We feel that by the summer, or at least by the beginning of the year, we'll be in the construction part of G.W. Long," Parker concluded.
For Johnson and her students, summer can't come soon enough, when they can feel comfortable going to class
With the grant, Dale County Schools will be working with approximately $2.7 million dollars; it’s money many say is well worth it for the safety of their loved ones.
Parker says it will take about two years to make all the improvements.