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Board approves funding for JROTC building
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Dawson County High School's JRTOC program should soon have a new facility to call home.

During last week's board of education meeting, the board approved a design firm and ESPLOST funding for a new JROTC building at Dawson County High School.

Funding for the project is approved at $1.4 million, the majority of which would come through the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. The remaining $400,000 will be provided through state funds.

According to meeting notes, "the new facility will be designed to effectively accommodate a JROTC program."

Robertson Loia Roof, Architects and Engineers were approved as the design firm for the job.

Director of Facilities and Maintenance for Dawson County Schools Scott Morgan said the new facility will be built behind the school, outside of where the JROTC program is currently housed.

It will be a little more than 7,000 square feet in size.

The paperwork also says the start date is January 2017 and the project should be completed by the time school starts in August of the same year.

"It will be two stories with two classrooms, storage areas and locker rooms upstairs, which is at the level of the current building," said Maj. Robert Wiley who is a JROTC instructor at the school. "The lower floor will be a multipurpose space used for formations and physical fitness training during the colder months and inclement weather.

Wiley also said the facility will house the air rifle range.

"We are, of course, very excited and appreciative for the building."

The current JROTC classrooms will be updated for use by Career Tech programs at the high school, according to officials.