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Centennial Arts Academy groundbreaking set for Thursday
School adding 30 classrooms
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Students walk toward the school at Centennial Arts Academy on Tuesday. Centennial is adding space for 30 more classrooms. - photo by RON BRIDGEMAN

Centennial Arts Academy will be at 5 p.m. Thursday at the school.

The new building will be constructed behind the current school.

Construction on the building is expected to begin May 31. It is planned to be 35,548 square feet.

The building is projected to be completed by Dec. 15.

The Gainesville City Board of Education approved a construction contract price of $4,896,125. That does not include the fees for architectural services, technology or furnishing the building.

The cost of the building will be paid from the proceeds for ESPLOST IV.

A bus awning — high enough for buses to pass under — is planned to connect the new building and the current facility.

Plans have been to move Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy students into half of the new building starting in January 2017 as part of the transition for a new school building on that campus.

However, supporters of maintaining Enota’s “Smartville” garden have asked the school board to delay the project. They have requested a more detailed process for planning how to preserve and maintain the garden.

The school board has not acted on that request. The construction plan for Centennial and Enota called for moving Enota students to the Centennial and Ninth Grade Center facilities for one year — January 2017 to January 2018 — while a new building is constructed at Enota.

Enota students also would be in modular units next to Centennial and the Ninth Grade Center for the transition year from 2017-2018, according to the original plan.

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