Peach County High proposal talks at a pivotal point

FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Residents in Peach County could soon see a new high school in the heart of the county. The schools system’s superintendent, Dr. Daryl Fineran, says an up-to-date facility is long overdue. 

“This is a pivotal point for Peach County,” Fineran said. 

He hasn’t had the job for a year yet, and already he’s looking to get the ball rolling on building a better Peach County High School. 

Fineran and the school board are finalizing paperwork to file with the county’s board of elections. He’s hoping to get an education penny sales tax on the ballot in a few months. 

“In December, the board passed a referendum to continue the penny to get the E-SPLOST back on the ballot in March,” Fineran said. 

The sales tax money, along with funds set aside from the state, is enough to start building a new high school that will replace the old one. 

“Almost $16 million for new construction of a facility. Our current facility is over 40 years old,” Fineran said. 

He says he’d like to build a school between Byron and Fort Valley so students around the county can have easier access getting to the school. 

“A new school would give a positive atmosphere to the community. Plus it will attract more students, and hopefully more equipment, more books,” Richard Stewart, a resident said. 

Fineran says he needs that type of support to get a new school in the works. 

“We won’t purchase any land or hire an architect or do any of those type things until an E-SPLOST passes in March,” he said. 

Until then, he and the school board are waiting, hoping to start construction in the near future. 

The school board will know if the E-SPLOST makes the ballot in the couple of weeks. Fineran adds although plans haven’t been drafted as far as what a new school will look like, he says the goal is to keep the old building to serve as an adult educational facility so that both buildings can still be used. 

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