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Board still mulling new vo-tech school after JBHM presentation

COLUMBUS — The Lowndes County School Board continues to explore adding a vocational-technical school to the district.

The next steps will involve gauging student interest and district needs, evaluating site possibilities and identifying potential funding sources.

The Commercial Dispatch reports school board members and a couple of Lowndes County supervisors responded positively to a recent presentation by Joey Henderson of JBHM Architects. He’s proposing a $15-million school on 30 acres and between Caledonia, New Hope and West Lowndes high schools.

Surveys of 1,048 seventh, eighth and ninth-graders showed that agri-science, allied health, automotive collision repair and auto mechanics would get the most support. Other offerings could include things like pathology, phlebotomy and forensic science.

Nearly 1,000 students said they would take the classes on another campus if necessary.

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