Construction For New Blountstown High School

By: Vanessa Nguyen Email
By: Vanessa Nguyen Email

Construction on the new Blountstown High School is a bit behind schedule, but still on-track to open for Fall 2011 school year.
County leaders broke ground on the project six months ago.
School officials are pleased with the progress so far.

Work crews are working diligently to lay down the foundation for the new Blountstown High School.
"This is probably one of the biggest projects that Calhoun County has ever done. This is the first building that's been built in Calhoun County since '86 with the school system."
Project Director Ronnie Hand says the timing of the project couldn't have been better with the downturn economy and lack of employment.
"Between 150-200 jobs on most any day, 80% of them are either from Jackson, Calhoun or Liberty County. So this has been a boost for a lot of people, it's also been a boost for the local businesses."
December's rains delayed site work, but Hand says they've been gaining time on building construction.
"There's a series of 11 buildings going up."
"We'll have the softball, baseball and football practice field, we'll have a new track facility which will be the first time in Calhoun County we've had a track facility," says Calhoun County Superintendent Tommy McClellan.
The new high school will also provide the county with its only certified hurricane shelter.
"This is the site of the future cafeteria here at Blountstown High School. Construction is pretty much right on schedule and the only thing that's missing is funding for the second year."
"We received $12,247, 731 dollars this year and that same amount has been appropriated for the budget next year. We're doing pretty good, I think we're gonna get that."

Lawmakers will most likely appropriate the second year of construction funding for the new Blountstown High School within the next two weeks.

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  • by jackson Location: b-town on Feb 6, 2011 at 06:20 PM
    what yall fell to relieze is that our middle school is in horrible shapr amd it was either a new high school or new middle school so they decided to build a new high school and give the old high school to the middle school because the middle school was in worse shape than altha school
  • by Jerry Location: b-town on Nov 3, 2010 at 09:23 AM
    Well I belive that Altha and Blounstown are slowly losing residents over the years. This new school will help to bring in more students and if we bring in more students our small town will start to matter more and we will finally be able to get things that we need and won't built around here. also altha is getting smaller by the year there is no need to fix something that will be almost noting in a matter of years.
  • by kayla Location: Blountstown on May 16, 2010 at 09:08 AM
    well i think what there doing right now is enough i mean altha doesn't need any fixing to it. blountstown needs a new school
  • by Mimi Location: Blountstown on Apr 15, 2010 at 05:24 PM
    The Altha students had the opportunity to attend a new school but the residents decided that they had rather have the students stay in Altha than have them attend a new, state of the art school. As an educator, I am disappointed that the Altha residents made tradition more of an issue than education for the students. As a taxpayer, I am definitely against building a new school in Altha. They have made their choice.
  • by country girl Location: b-town on Apr 13, 2010 at 01:34 PM
    I agree with the altha resident..Altha school is in terrible shape...I think they should have used the money to fix the things that were wrong at the other county schools...rather than spend that much to build a new school..that I feel we didn't even me it was a waste of when will the other schools be fixed? I have two children in elem. school and speaking from experience there are alot of things that need to be fixed there....I attended BHS and see nothing wrong with that was in great shape..and was nice...the money for the new school could have went a very LONG way into fixing the existing problems with the other schools. As it is now though..we will have a new high school and all the other schools still need work on them. They should have put more thought into this whole situation in my opinion.....
  • by altha resident Location: altha, fl on Apr 13, 2010 at 08:50 AM
    i think it is nice that blountstown gets a new school but, how long does Altha have to wait to get one. Our children do very well and should be able to look forward to a new school. Altha has been waiting a long time for a new school but, keeps getting put on the back burner we deserve a new school and it is well needed.
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