Sumter County School District broke ground Tuesday for its new consolidated high school, that will combine Livingston High and Sumter County High.
"I knew it would come eventually. I didn't know when, but I knew it would be," said superintendent Dr. Fred Primm.
Three years ago, Sumter County residents voted against a 15 mill tax referendum to fund the project. But in April 2009 the school board refinanced a bond to pay for the school.
"The state department has approved our plans. It's just a matter of them now approving the contracts," Primm said.
With approval expected within the next few weeks, Dr. Primm says this will be followed by the start of construction.
"We hope the construction piece will be done within the next 14 months, and then from there you have to move in furniture," said Primm. "You have to make sure everything is the way you designed. So, our hope is by the summer 2011 to move teachers in, so by the fall we'll be ready to get in
Costing anywhere from $12 million to $15 million, almost 850 students in grades 9-12 will attend the school.
"I just think once they see the new school and place that they'll be in, I think they're going to like it," Primm said.
The Sumter County School District has about 2,500 students at seven campuses right now, in four communities: York, Livingston, Cuba, and Panola.