Rome High School hosted its official groundbreaking ceremony on Friday for its new College and Career Academy (CCA) and indoor athletics facility. Members of the Rome-Floyd Chamber, Rome City Schools Board of Education, Rome City Commission, local business partners as well as teachers and future College and Career Academy students were all in attendance.
Louis Byars, Superintendent of Rome City Schools, welcomed everyone to the groundbreaking ceremony and thanked everyone who has played a part in building the internal structure of the CCA. Faith Collins, Chair of the RCS Board of Education, and John Reid, Athletic Director of the system, relayed their sincere appreciations as well.
“This is truly just a culmination of years of work and effort on our end of the deal,” said Holly Amerman, CEO of the CCA and CTAE Director. “It is just so incredible that our community is gifting this to our children, with the passing of the ESPLOST. All of our tax payers voted on the CCA, so to know that our community believes that this is worth it…I think it says something to our kids in a really loud way that is really important.
“I think that our children need to believe and understand that we are here for more than just the basics, we want to make sure that they are truly prepared, and we want to live into that vision. It’s just so exciting!”
The 162,070-square-foot facility is expected to take 16 months to build and slated to be open by August 2020. According to a March report, the anticipated project cost is $24 million, some $8 million to $10 million more than the original estimate of $14 million to $16 million approved in the 2017 Education Special Location Option Sales Tax package. Previous report