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Early College gets own rooms

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Early College Academy will have its own modular classrooms on the Copiah Lincoln Community College campus after the Natchez-Adams School District approved the addition.

During the district’s Tuesday afternoon meeting, the board awarded a bid of approximately $600,000 for the project.

Deputy Superintendent Zandra McDonald said the project includes adding four classrooms and a multi-purpose facility at the rear of Co-Lin’s campus.

The modular classrooms are scheduled to be completed in October.

Through an agreement with Co-Lin, Superintendent Fred Butcher said, the early college had previously been able to utilize classrooms at no cost. However, as Co-Lin is adding a new emergency medical technician program, Co-Lin needed the space back, Butcher said.

In addition, the early college is continuing to expand on the programs they offer, McDonald said, and would need additional classrooms.

Butcher said the estimated cost of renting a similar space instead of building new classrooms would cost between $120,000 to $130,000 per year.

In other matters during Tuesday’s meeting with the Natchez Adams School Board, the board:

4Approved the renewal of teachers’ licenses and staff and student travel requests.

4Approved the school’s vacancy list for the upcoming school year. McDonald said the district currently has 20 vacancies for certified teaching positions.

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