The Columbia County Board of Education (BOE) held a special called meeting Tuesday morning.
The BOE discussed the budget and other proposals.
At the meeting, a recommendation was made for teacher and faculty raises in Columbia.
The BOE will vote on the proposal later this month.
After the meeting, BOE members took a walk through the new Martinez Elementary School. Final touches are being put on the building before it opens in the fall.
The new school is two stories tall, while the old Martinez Elementary School was just one story tall.
School Superintendent Dr. Sandra Carraway says the rezoning that happened earlier this year made the new elementary school key in helping accommodate area growth. “In that zoning, we were able to move students from other more crowded areas into this building,” she said. “This area really isn’t a growing area, so with the community that was already here and moving some students from other areas, we’ve been able to maximize the use of this building, at the same time accommodate growth in other areas.”
Over the summer, the new elementary school will be outfitted with new technology before the start of school in the fall.