VALDOSTA -- The Lowndes County Board of Education recently discussed the finalization of a campus expansion project.

In July 2002, crews from Howard Ray Construction Co. in Nashville began working on a 32-classroom addition at Lowndes High School. Mike Powers, executive director of facilities and operations for the Lowndes County School System, said this resulted in the creation of "J" Wing.

"It actually ended up providing 33 classrooms as a result of value engineering," he said. "However, the name of the project was never changed."

Powers said Lowndes High School's "J" Wing houses seven science laboratories and six science classrooms. The remaining rooms are general classrooms.

With the rooms occupied since October 2003, members of the Lowndes County Board of Education are now required by the Georgia Department of Education to adopt a resolution certifying "that all accounts for labor, materials, and services for the construction ... have been paid in full and that there are no claims of any nature outstanding, either liquidated or disputed."

The project cost a little more than $3.6 million. It was funded with a combination of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax and state capital outlay monies.

With a vote scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, board members expressed concern over making sure everything was in working order before approving the resolution.

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