At Thursday's Bibb County Board of Education meeting, members moved forward with plans for a new Heard Elementary School, made plans to fix the roof at Rice Elementary School, and partnered on a health agreement with the Medical Center.

The board unanimously approved a plan to request capital outlay funds from the Georgia Department of Education for the 2015 fiscal year for a new Heard Elementary building.

Program administrator Cheryl Carty-Aaron says they expect around $8 million from the funds for different projects. The Heard project would get around $1 million of that money.

The school is currently in the schematic design phase, which means they are looking into the layout and consulting with builders.

Board Member Sue Sipe says she's hoping construction will be complete sometime around a year to a year and a half from now.

The board also voted to fix the roof at Rice Elementary School, which has water damage. They moved to cap the funding at $118,000, enough so that they can keep the building running for a few more years, but also fix the problem.

And the Board renewed an agreement with the Medical Center of Central Georgia for Nursing Services, which provides an additional 10 nurses to the district.

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