Savannah-Chatham leaders plan to use E-SPLOST funds to build new school gym

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A new multi-million dollar renovation is in the works for one Chatham County school. 

The Savannah-Chatham School District is building a new gym and auditorium at Woodville-Tompkins High School. The school was originally built as a middle school but was converted into a high school. 

District leaders told News 3 that Woodville-Tompkins currently does not fit the necessary guidelines and regulations as other schools in the district. They held a meeting at the school Tuesday night for parents, students and alumni. 

The plan is to convert the current gymnasium into an auditorium, which will seat around 500 people, and then build a larger gymnasium that will fit around 1200. 

The ten-million dollar project is funded by the voter-approved, Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or E-SPLOST. 

Th Chief Operations Officer, Vanessa Miller Kaigler, told News 3 the district is putting those pennies to use based on where they see that need. Kaigler said officials want to make sure all schools are held to the same standard. 

“It’s important that we hear from the teachers because they’ll be here. They’re the ones that will be working in the building, know what’s best for the children. We want to make sure there’s a learning environment that’s conducive to supporting the instructional process. The gymnasium is important for physical education; the auditorium is important for events for the students,” she said. 

District leaders plan to have the design finished by July and to start construction in October. 

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