Richmond County School Board in discussions about the future of Lamar Alternative Center

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There is debate over the future of what some say is an Augusta landmark.

They want to see the Lamar Alternative Center preserved, but the Richmond County school board is in talks about tearing the Center down.

High school stadiums are widely known to bring people together, and for the Academy of Richmond County, it this dates back to 1930.

Executive Director for Historic Augusta, Erick Montgomery, says. “the plan that we had heard about was that they think they need a football stadium.”

One proposal would build that new stadium on the site of the Lamar Alternative Center. Both properties are owned by Richmond County schools.

Director of Communications for the Richmond County school board, Kaden Jacobs, says, “There are some alumni, and I know Historic Augusta has been a little bit upset because they’ve heard that we’ve had conversations about potentially demolishing the old Lamar Elementary and moving some things around on ARC’s campus.”

The school board approved closing down Lamar next year and relocating the Alternative Center to Morgan Road Middle School.

“The reason that we changed it honestly is because we looked at the students that are in the Alternative School and that have used it and a lot of them are from the community surrounding Morgan Road Middle School,” says Jacobs.

However, some people want to preserve the Lamar facility, because it’s on the state historic registry.

“So, it was built in 1934. It was part of a package of a number schools that were built at the same time, and we are loosing them just one after the other,” says Montgomery.

That is why Montgomery says the school is in the process  applying to be on the national historic registry, just like the ARC campus.

“It would be nice if it could be repurposed with something in it,” says Montgomery.

Jacobs stresses at this point the idea is simply a conversation and probably won’t be possible until the next sales tax.

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