School board moving forward with examination of RCMS future plans

The Russell County Board of Education is continuing to look at the options for the future of Russell County Middle School.

The middle school needs extensive renovations, Russell County Schools Superintendent Michael Ford said, and a recently-discussed plan of expanding the Auditorium/Natatorium Complex to add seventh and eighth grade continues to be a possibility the board wants to examine further.

On Tuesday during the board’s special-called meeting, the board rescinded a previous BG-1 request for renovations at RCMS and authorized the Local Planning Committee to conduct a finding for RCMS.

This meeting and subsequent finding is to change the designation of the school on the District Facilities Plan from a permanent building to a transitional building, which would allow the board to continue the process of gaining information about how to proceed with the school’s future.

The meeting of the LPC will be led by one of the architects contracted with the school district to provide an overview of needs at the current RCMS and talk about potentially expanding the ANC to become the future home of the middle school.

Ford reiterated that no decisions have been made about the future of the current RCMS building, but several actions have to take place in order for the school board to do the necessary work of looking into all the possibilities.


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