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NCSS buys property for schools

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System announced earlier this month that it closed the purchase of land on which it could build several schools in the future.

Associate Superintendent for Administration Deborah Robertson said the purchase was for 139.38 acres of land on the east side of Ga. Highway 162 on Stewart Road.

The price per acre was $15,000, bringing the total tract price to $2,090,700. The funds came from special purpose local option sales tax II.

"At this time, we don't have any particular construction to go on that side," Robertson said at the board's work session. "However, on our five-year plan, we have several schools that could be constructed on that site."

Those projected schools include three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school, she said Thursday.

"It could be lots of things," she said about the land. "It could be too big for one school, so it could be a cluster."

She also said it could include one school, such as a high school with as much land as the 100-acre Alcovy High School site, along with another school system facility, or it could include a couple of schools.

Robertson said the school system purchased the land now, rather than waiting until a school was ready to be constructed, so some money would be saved.

"Land continually goes up in cost, and this was a good location," she said.

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