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Henry County schools, buses get upgrades
by Christine Fonville
August 12, 2014 02:17 PM | 1797 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the 2014-15 school year, students in Eagle’s Landing middle and high schools in McDonough and Henry County-wide school bus riders were greeted with new renovations and upgrades.

Eagle’s Landing Middle received 120,000 square feet of renovations and 21,000 square feet of additions as well as various site improvements.

Principal Earlene Crump said much of the renovation included replacements of fire alarm system, water heater, water main service and toilet fixtures, upgrades to lighting, the media retrieval system which sends programming to teachers in their classrooms through projectors, energy management systems and the main switchgear that feeds power to the building. 

Renovations also included floor replacement, painting, replacement of exterior doors, new instructional technology and repair of roofing as needed with a coated foamed roof to protect it from damage.

Additions to the school included a new classroom wing with 10 classrooms and three science classrooms, expansion of the administration area main mechanical room and a loading dock at the kitchen, and a new front entrance canopy. 

Site improvements included repair of parking and entrance driveways, seal coating and restriping, and utility work and storm drainage system expansion to accommodate the new construction.

Crump said she gives a heartfelt “thank you” to county taxpayers since the special purpose local option sales tax, approved by voters, funded most of the renovations. As the county school system shifts its focus to a more personalized learning style, Crump said many of the improvements will help Eagle’s Landing Middle, the third oldest school in county, “connect, create and collaborate in new ways that were previously impossible,” through the school’s new state-of-the-art 21st-century learning environment.

“Currently, we’re working towards personalizing learning, increasing rigor, and making education relevant for all learners,” she said. “The classrooms are more user-friendly, technology-rich and aesthetically pleasing and teachers are refreshed, rejuvenated and feel valued so as the building site principal, I’m extremely proud to be a part of these changes.”

Eagle’s Landing High, which was previously the smallest high school in county prior to its renovations, now has 18 additional classrooms including a new engineering lab, gymnasium addition and classrooms for public safety, audio and visual, orchestra and drama.

Principal Gabe Crerie said technology enhancements bring the school’s media center up to par with others in the county.

“We received an excellent update to facilities that brought Eagle’s Landing High to an equitable state with all of the high schools in Henry County and is well-deserved for a student body that has worked so hard to help the school become recognized for [advanced placement], [science, technology, engineering and math] and academic achievements,” he said. “The halls and classrooms are brighter due to better lighting and fresh paint and the new facilities added give a sense of pride in our building for our students, parents, faculty and staff.”

Transportation in the county has received some upgrades as well with about 29 additional school buses receiving recent installations of stop-arm cameras to catch motorists passing stopped buses illegally.

Schools spokesman J.D. Hardin said in a statement “it is a big problem facing the transportation department that can put the health and safety of student riders at risk.” 

When a camera records a car illegally passing a stopped bus, an image of the car and license plate number is captured and the video in then forwarded to the police, who in turn issue a ticket to the driver.

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