The Hall County school board on Monday approved $8.9 million for additions and renovations at Lanier Charter Career Academy.
Most of the funds — $8.2 million — will go toward construction of the Instructional Support Center at the LCCA campus. Board members also unanimously approved $640,000 for renovations at LCCA, including upgrades to the audio/visual systems, improvements to the the existing Cosmetology Lab and building a second one.
Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield said the Instructional Support Center would house “the hub” of all the technology activity for the district both administratively and instructionally.
“It’s going to be a tremendous movement forward…,” Schofield said. “It will be the place where we will have our training and support centers for our teachers and for our classified employees.”
Schofield said the facility also will have two large career tech job ready areas where students can learn skills such as welding, refrigeration, heating and air and technology.
The school district’s technology department at the Academies of Discovery, 3215 Poplar Springs Road, is moving to the instructional support center. Schofield said the target date for finishing the project is November or December.
Academies of Discovery is scheduled to undergo renovations and classroom additions in preparation for South Hall Middle School moving back into the facility on Poplar Springs Road.
“We hope to move them in by Christmas to have all our technology moved and ready to go,” Schofield said. “That’s why it was so important to pass that tonight. We got to get steel ordered. We got a lot to do.”
Aaron Turpin, assistant superintendent of technology for Hall schools, told The Times he hopes the project LCCA project will be completed by November.
“The goal is the week of Thanksgiving as we will have to pull all of our networks down for a brief period,” Turpin said.
Schools project manager Stan Souther said work on the instructional center would begin “ASAP.”
“As soon as we can go we’ve got to hit the ground running,” Souther said. “We have to do that with all of them, but with that one (instructional support center) we’re really ready to go.”
The projects will be paid for with the issues of two bonds totaling $19.5 million that were approved by the board in December. Revenue generated from an education special purpose local option sales tax approved by voters in November 2015 will pay back the bonds.