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Students to get peek into new BHS

The Senior Class of 2010 will get its first peek into the new Bainbridge High School on Tuesday.

And if senior class members feel like freshmen all over again entering the new school for the first time, then welcome to the club—some of the faculty and staff have said they feel the same way.

“I kind of feel like a student right now. Staff members and students will all be freshmen on this site,” Board of Education Chief of Police Paul Gordon said recently.

Gordon said he estimates the distance from one end of the new Bainbridge High School building to the next is about a third of a mile.

“We will all be in shape by the end of the school term,” he said.

On Tuesday, July 28, members of the Senior Class will have orientation.

On Wednesday, July 29, the Junior Class will have orientation; the sophomores will have it on Thursday, July 30, and the freshmen will have orientation on Friday, July 31.

All the orientations are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

School starts for all public school students on Friday, Aug. 7.

School registration for all schools is Tuesday, July 28, through Friday, July 31, and again on Tuesday, Aug. 4, through Thursday, Aug. 6. Those times are from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Open house for all schools is Thursday, Aug. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Public tours

On Sunday, Aug. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m., the new school will be open to the public for open house and tours.

And then on Sunday, Aug. 16, the school will be dedicated at 2 p.m.

First breaking ground was on May 8, 2007, the new Bainbridge High School was built on 145 acres, and the final tally for the project is $52,685,461.

Construction for the facility has gone exceptionally well, contractors and school board officials say. In fact, the building finished earlier than contracted.

In various community forums, the new school is a source of great community pride.

“It is a house of wows,” said BHS Principal Tommie Howell. “As a citizen of Decatur County, I’m ecstatic that our county, our citizens, elected to have something like this. What a statement this makes to our children and to any potential industry.”