SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah Chatham School board members are celebrating as construction begins on a major project.
You've probably seen Pulaski Elementary School just outside the Hunter Army Airfield Montgomery gate. Now the district is making plans to build a new Pulaski Elementary on post.
The site for the new school is located on Hunter Army Airfields property. On Tuesday district officials along with Hunter Army Airfield Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Aguilar and other dignitaries broke ground on the new project.
More than fifty percent of the students that are enrolled at Pulaski have one parent in the military. So this a real is a partnership with the Savannah Chatham School district and Hunter Army Airfield. There will be two entrances one for those who are living on base and then for students who are not.
WTOC spoke with the principal, Kamal Piankhi, and school board Representative Irene Hines about the project.
"It's fantastic, it has really energized the entire staff and our population and it's a state-of-the-art school, a tremendous part of the passport to excellence in building,"said Principal Piankhi.
"It's wonderful. We have been looking at this for some time and we are glad Hunter has been able to finalize the new plans along with the board and we look forward to the new school,"said Hines.
The new school will be more than 89,000 square feet with 38 classrooms, pre-k through 5th grade.
The school will be built using E-SPLOST that Chatham County voters approved back in 2006.
They do plan to have this school finished in just ten months.
The district is planning to open next Fall. Which is about the same amount of time they had for Godley Station in Pooler which we just had the ribbon cutting last week. Tomorrow school board members will look to approve contract for Beach high school whcih will also be paid for through E-PLOST money.