DeKalb County Schools spending big bucks on upgrades

DeKalb County Schools spending big bucks on upgrades

A Valley school system is spending big bucks to expand and modernize.

The state is providing 7 to 8 million dollars to DeKalb County for upgrades at 7 schools.

At Ider, a new media center is being built, along with classrooms.

Sylvania, Plainview, Henagar, Ruhama, Geraldine and Crossville High School are also getting upgrades.

All of the construction should be complete by November or December.

"Some of the construction is due to student growth, and some is just to modernize existing facilities," Superintendent Charles Warren said.

The school board is also considering a $20-25,000 a year investment for a rapid notification system.

It would allow administrators to record a phone message, and instantly send it to parents.

It's something that would've been handy the morning of April 26th in Collinsville.

A raid near the school turned up militia members and an arsenal of weapons and explosives.

The buses were already running their routes when school was canceled for safety reasons.

"I could've sent the message from my home. Where I had to come to the office, prepare a press release to fax out and to email to the local media. So certainly this would have given parents instant information," Warren said.

If the school board approves the rapid notification system, it should be ready to go by the start of the new school year.