Dirt is being turned at the intersection of Columbia Road and Flowing Wells Road. And, while the new Martinez Elementary School isn't scheduled to open for more than a year, parents and Columbia County school leaders say they're ready to see their new digs.
When the old Martinez Elementary School was taken down this summer, it was a hard sight for many to see. "It was bittersweet, and then we moved up here, and the teachers were so good, so we really did cry about it for awhile," says grandparent Linda Carbone.
Even though some residents were sad to see the building go down, many are looking forward to making memories in a new state of the art school.
The updated version of Martinez Elementary School will still be at it's traditional location at Columbia Road and Flowing Wells Road. But, in January of 2015, teachers and students will fill a 48 classroom, two-story building, and enjoy all the advanced technology that the Columbia County School System has to offer.
"I think the faculty and staff are probably more excited than even the students are," says Columbia County Schools Superintendent Dr. Sandra Carraway, who adds that everyone who is a part of the project is thrilled about the new school, "they are looking forward to a brand new building on their own grounds."
For now, students and staff have to hold out in the old Belair Elementary School building until the new school is ready to open.
"Anything is better, ya know, new school, and my granddaughter is very excited about it," says Carbone.
Dr. Carraway says construction of the actual building should start in a few weeks, and as we mentioned, that school is slated to open in January 2015.
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