Hodge Elementary School will be moving once again. The Savannah-Chatham County Board of Public Education held a public hearing on the announcement Wednesday.
In 2011 Hodge Elementary was torn down to make room for the new Beach High School. Since then the elementary school has temporarily been housed at the Old Derenne Middle School on Hopkins Street. A new Hodge Elementary School building will be built a block away from that location at 1009 Clinch Street.
A community advocate at the public hearing said he's glad the elementary school is staying in the area. Ivan Cohen said he remembers the time when district leaders wanted to close Hodge Elementary school for good and move students to other schools.
"I look at this as an investment by the school board and that you're going to have the elementary, middle, and the high school all in the same area as a reinforcement and that is a positive thing that the board is willing to invest in the community," said Ivan Cohen.
Students who attend the current school will be moved to the new location once the building is completed. The Public Information Officer for the District, Kurt Hetager, said the estimated completion year is Fall 2014.
The new school will serve up to 640 students in Pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade.
The school district has budgeted more than $14 million in local ESPLOST funding for the construction of the new facility. Hetager said the building will be modeled after Gadsden elementary school.
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