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$27.5M in upgrades approved for Academies of Discovery, North Hall High, West Hall High
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The Hall County school board approved about $27.5 million of construction work Monday night, including a $19.2 million bid for the additions and renovations at the Academies of Discovery.

“This may be the largest SPLOST request I can ever remember,” Superintendent Will Schofield said at the school board meeting.

The other big-ticket projects included $5.1 million for upgrades at North Hall High and $3.25 million for improvements West Hall High.

Schofield said the additions at the Academies of Discovery campus on Poplar Springs Road will expand that campus to a capacity of 1,500 students.

South Hall Middle School is moving to the Academies of Discovery location as part of a redistricting plan.

“The good news is that all three of those big bids all came in under (projections),” Schofield told board members.

Schofield said the bids came in $2.2 million below what had been projected. Additionally, Schofield said $5 million in state support would help offset the cost of the three big-ticket items.

The West Hall High classroom additions would be paid out of special purpose local option sales tax  IV funds, while the the North Hall High and Academies of Discovery projects would be paid out of SPLOST V, according to Schofield.

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