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BoE talks class size, career-academy design
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The Liberty County Board of Education met Tuesday morning for its monthly work session, where BRPH architects gave a presentation and discussed an altered design for the Liberty College & Career Academy. 
Ground was broken in late February on the LCCA on Airport Road during a ceremony attended by special guest Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. The facility, with specially designed classrooms for each program, officially will open in August 2012.
The overall design of the building, which school administrators previously had planned to build on a different, county-owned site, has not changed. However, the driveways and parking lots have been redesigned to fit the Airport Road location. There will be room for parent drop-offs, visitor parking and a separate area for student and staff parking.
BRPH architects Tim Pope and Matt Walsh, who presented the updated design, agreed that it gives the school a “collegiate feel.”
After construction is complete, the site still will contain 16.22 open acres for future expansions or a possible middle school, if needed.
“That may be a future project that we want to consider in the upcoming months,” Superintendent Dr. Judy Scherer said.
According to a note to BoE members from Deputy Superintendent Cheryl Conley, the “actual room layouts are not yet finalized … but meetings have already occurred with teachers, the principal, CEO and other individuals and this information should be ready to present in the near future.”
In other meeting news:
Board members briefly discussed classroom sizes, which they likely will keep at last year’s levels, depending on grade, subject and program. BoE members will look over the resolution and vote on passing it during an upcoming meeting.
“This is the resolution that the board needs to pass in order to have the variance from the state-mandated-class-size waivers. We left our numbers exactly as they were last year,” Scherer told BoE members. “There’s no deadline … this is for discussion and for you to look at.”
The next BoE meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. April 14. The public is welcome.

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