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NCSS closes land deal for new school

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System announced at Tuesday's Board of Education combined meeting and work session that it closed the purchase of land on which it will build a new elementary school.

Assistant Superintendent for Administration Deborah Robertson said the purchase was for 23.85 acres of land on the northeast corner of the intersection of Kirkland Road and Jack Neely Road in the western part of Newton County.

"We are very pleased with the site we have acquired," said NCSS Superintendent Steve Whatley in a statement released by NCSS on Friday. "Considering the continued growth we have seen in the western portion of the county, this site is in an ideal location."

The price per acre was $45,000, totaling $1,073,250 paid to Neely Family Farms LTD Partnership LLLP. Funding for the school will come from state capital outlay and SPLOST funds.

"A new elementary school similar in design to the one currently being constructed on Salem Road is planned for this site," according the administrative services report.

Robertson said the state Department of Education must approve the site, so it has been inspected.

"It is anticipated that we will be ready to let a contract on this school in the spring of 2008 with the school opening scheduled for the 2009-10 school year," the report reads.

The new school will be the school system's 14th elementary school.

Robertson said the school system also wants to include a school bus parking complex on the site for schools in the western part of Newton County, but the campus is expected to use most of the land in accordance with state rules.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.