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April 15, 2014

Hamilton school board votes 4-1 for elementary school consolidation (+ Video)

If approved by FDOE, governor and legislature, construction to begin July, 2015 at old JRE Lee Complex

Jasper — On Monday, April 14, the Hamilton County School Board voted 4-1 in favor of elementary school consolidation, with school board member Johnny Bullard being the lone vote against Superintendent Thomas Moffses' recommendation. The vote was met with mixed reactions from those in attendance at the meeting.

The vote for consolidation means the school district is moving forward with a plan to close North, South and Central Hamilton elementary schools and build a new, single facility in Jasper at the old JRE Lee Complex (former school administration building) that will accommodate all elementary students in the county.

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) made the recommendation to the school district that they apply for a single facility construction project at an estimated cost of $25 million. The school district would be responsible for an estimated $3.4 million of those total dollars, payable over a three-year period with no additional impact to taxpayers. The state will pick up the difference of $21.6 million.

In the provided video, White Springs town officials voice their objections to the vote that will close South Hamilton Elementary.

See full story in this week’s print edition of the Jasper News.

 

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