Shining, freshly waxed floors and bright newly painted hall walls will greet students as they enter school on Wednesday, August 7 for the 2019-2010 school year. Phase one of the school district’s school and campus improvement projects have been completed.
Union Springs Elementary School, South Highlands Middle Schools, and Bullock County High School all received new paint in celebrating the School Board’s vote to move all schools to one unified mascot, a hornet. “The hornet mascot represents the rich black and gold, stinging pride of the district as it continues to create optimal learning environments and experiences for all of its students,” says Superintendent Christopher Blair. All carpets were cleaned or replaced, windows and doors were sealed, inoperable HVAC units were replaced or repaired, and new classroom doors and locks were installed at the middle and high schools.
Phase One also included the installation of new voice-over, internet protocol telephones in offices and classrooms. Teachers will be able to receive and take telephone calls from their classrooms. Students, parents, and community stakeholders will experience increased visibility due to the new lighting upgrades through the halls and classrooms and removal of trees and an old building at the elementary school.
In addition, land clearing is underway at the high school in preparation of homecoming on October 11, 2019.
Later in September 2019, Phase Two at the elementary, middle, and high schools will include the final lighting upgrades and automation, installation of outdoor speakers, roof replacements, and major HVAC upgrades and automation.
Although the district, with support from municipal and county governmental agencies and the citizens of Bullock County, has taken initial steps to improve the schools, public support is still needed for future classroom renovations, technology upgrades, athletic complex renovations, STEAM and STEM programs, school buses, and new school construction. Superintendent Blair asked that on March 3, 2020, all citizens VOTE YES for a Special District School Tax. This small, 3 mill property tax will allow the school district to provide the students with the very best educational buildings possible.
To learn more about the school and campus improvement projects and the Special District School Tax, please attend school Open House/PTO events and contact Superintendent Blair at 334-738-2860.