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EXCLUSIVE ON 6: Columbia County Superintendent Addresses Alternative School Rumors

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It has been three months since the Columbia County School Board approved a big move. The county's alternative school will shift into the old Evans Elementary once that school moves into a new building . The state of the current facility is raising the eyebrows of some parents. WJBF News Channel 6's Courtney Elledge has more.

Since the Greenbrier Incident, viewers have called and left Courtney Elledge messages --- wondering if the alternative school is now overcrowded, breaking state code. 

We asked, is Columbia County's alternative school located in Grovetown truly over-crowded?

Charles Nagle says, "The average class size is about 12- 15 students . No, we're not over-crowded, I'm not sure where that keeps coming from. a lot of people keep asking us that. "

Another concern some are asking... Is the school abiding with the Georgia Department of Health state codes? Is there a mold problem, and is it safe for students and teachers to be in the building for seven hours a day?

"The School does not have mold, environmentally it's a good school. But it's way too old. The up keep is way more than what the school needs to be, and the state is requiring us to condemn it, " says Nagle.

The school is designed to house up to 120 students from Middle and High school around Columbia County. Right now, with the influx of eight student athletes from Greenbrier High school -- the quota is still lower than expected around the end of the semester.

"This time of school year we start getting more students in at the end of the semester, but keeping in mind that most students time that they're assigned to the alternative school ends at the end of the semester, " says Charles Nagle.

Superintendent Nagle says, teachers are required to have an assistant if there is more than 11 students in a class room . Right now, the Columbia County School system assures they are not breaking any codes and that they are following all state guidelines. In fact, they have not had to hire additional teachers in the past few months.

Charles Nagle says the alternative school on Ford. Avenue in Grovetown, will be demolished this Summer. The new alternative school will be at the Old Evans Elementary School starting in August of 2013.

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