BOE Purchases Property for New EHS

Newton County BOE Purchases Property for New Eastside High School
Posted on 03/13/2019
Eastside High School School FrontThe Newton County Board of Education approved the purchase of 107 acres of property in eastern Newton County at their March 12, 2019 work session meeting. As noted in the school system’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Education (E-SPLOST), which was approved in May 2018, the district will replace the current Eastside High School with a new facility located within the same school boundary lines. The property, purchased for $6,800 per surveyed acre or approximately $727,600, is located on Georgia Highway 142 near the intersection of U.S. Highway 278.

“We promised our taxpayers in our capital improvement plan that we would replace the current Eastside High School facility to make the school equitable and comparable to the facilities at Alcovy and Newton high schools,” said Samantha Fuhrey, superintendent of Newton County Schools. “With the purchase of this property we are moving forward on that promise.”

According to Dr. Michael Barr, Chief Operations Officer for Newton County Schools, the new Eastside High School should be open and ready for use in 2021.

Once the new building is occupied, as promised in the E-SPLOST referendum, the current Eastside facility will be renovated and become the new home of the Newton County Theme School, which is currently housed in the old Ficquett Elementary School facility.

“We are excited to begin work on these projects,” said Fuhrey. “Both Eastside and the Theme School have outgrown their current locations and we made a promise to our community to provide them with new facilities. Our community overwhelmingly supported our E-SPLOST proposals and the purchase of this land signals the commencement of one of our major projects.”

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Barr, at [email protected].