Chattooga BOE Discussed Menlo School At Meeting

Architectural rendition for a new school at Menlo

At last week’s Chattooga County Board of Education meeting, board members got into a discussion about a new school to serve Menlo.

The school building at Menlo is the oldest in the county, and the only county school not to have been updated within the past twenty years.  Some of the structures at Menlo School date back over seven decades and are costly to maintain.

But one board member seems to not like the idea of students at Menlo getting a new school building.  Dr. Julia Houston said at last week’s meeting, “Wouldn’t it be a good idea to look at all the information before we decide? There are things to consider before taking $15 million to build a new school.”  Houston even put forth the idea of bussing seventh and eighth grade students to Summerville Middle School as an option for not building a new school in Menlo.

Chattooga County School Supt. Jared Hosmer said, “Whether you move those kids, or you redistrict them, or move those kids to the middle school, you are still going to need to build a school in Menlo.”

Board of Education Chairman Eddie Eslberry, along with members Lyn Hall, Brad Hayes and B.J. Montgomery toured all the schools in Chattooga County prior to last week’s meeting.  Board member Julia Houston did not take the tour.