SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Work is set to begin on a new school building in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.
School district officials broke ground on the new Jenkins High School facility on East DeRenne Avenue. The current Jenkins High building is being torn down and replaced with an entirely new campus.
E-SPLOST dollars will fund the $78 million project. The building will be more than 230,000 square feet and two stories when completed.
If everything goes as planned, the new facility will be open for classes in August 2021.
“This has been one of the most exciting moments in the whole career of being in education,” said Principal Heather Handy.
The new campus will hold 1,375 students, along with 74 instructional spaces, 37 classrooms, a dozen labs and more.
“I want to say thank you to the students and staff for being patient," said Dionne Hoskins-Brown, Board of Education Vice President. "For patiently waiting for what you always deserved and we’re making good on that.”
Students are excited about having a single indoor campus, the gym, auditorium and more.
“I done been in nice schools, but this one going to be the best and we going to have a good year," said freshman Caleb Brown. "I’ve got three more years to go so I’m just appreciating it.”
For school leaders, the new school will bring more opportunities to their students.
“I think it makes for them to be more well rounded," said Principal Handy. "It affords them many opportunities. We have a lot of a variety of things that we do now, but this will of course enhance some of those opportunities for the kids.”