Facilities projects were the main topic of action at the Sept. 9 Jackson County Board of Education meeting.
After several months of discussion, the BOE named Lindsay Pope Brayfield Clifford & Associates, Inc. for architectural and engineering services for the Empower College and Career Center. The firm will be paid an initial $20,000 and will earn a fee of five percent of the construction costs.
The school system will convert the existing Jackson County Comprehensive High School into a college and career academy after that school relocates to its new home in West Jackson in 2021.
The board also approved hiring Carroll Daniel Construction as the construction manager at-risk to renovate East Jackson Middle School. The $5.5 million project is expected to begin in May 2020 and be completed by June 2021.
The board also approved HVAC projects at East Jackson Elementary, Maysville Elementary, West Jackson Elementary and East Jackson Comprehensive High School. The action included approving the projects in the systems 2021 state capital outlay projects and to hire Southern A&E as the architect for the projects.
In other facilities action, the BOE approved leasing part of the former West Jackson Primary School facility to Northeast Church. The lease payments start at $1,875 per month and gradually go up to $4,125 per month in April 2021.
The church has been located in part of the old Mitsubishi facility in Braselton for the past few years.