The Bibb County Board of Education extended a land contract that allows them to build a new elementary school.
The roughly six acres of land for sale will be combined with the existing 12.66 acres that Heard Elementary School sits on, allowing the district to build a new Heard Elementary on Houston Road. Each acre costs $13,750, which the board estimates will total around $78,509.65.
"It's been on the docket for a while and the parents are excited and we're excited too. We're excited to come together to begin moving forward on the promises and what has been approved to be done," said Wanda West, board president.
John H. Heard first opened in the fall of 1934 at a cost of nearly $33,000.
The new building is scheduled to be finished by December 2014. The land will be purchased from Larry Wilson Jackson and Randall Scott Jackson.
The school board also extended a contract to former Central High School principal, Erin Weaver, to fill Suzanne Griffin-Ziebart's position as deputy superintendent.
After voting on her position and the land contract, the school board went back into executive session for about two hours, but did make any public decisions afterward.