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Members of of the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the City School Board with project architect and construction managers held a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 1 to commemorate the start of the buildout project at College Street Elementary School. 

Director of Schools Dr. Joey Vaughn expressed the district's gratitude for the vision of the combine boards. 

"We have been working on collectively (this project) for about 10 years," he said. "Our city has seen growth. Our system is doing well. For us to be able to (add) a new cafeteria and add classrooms, this elementary is something that will serve Manchester and Coffee County well for many years to come." 

He thanked the boards for their support of education. 

"This is a good school system, and you should expect many more good things to come," Vaughn said. 

Attending the ceremony included architect David Brown, representatives from Lashlee-Rich, the construction manager, district Director of Maintenance Donnie Turner, Aldermen Marilyn Howard, Bill Nickels, Bob Bellamy and Mark Messick and School Board Members Lisa Gregory, Susan Parsley, Travis Hillis and Prater Powell, College St. Principal Tom Jacobs. 

Chairman of the board of education Travis Hillis added his appreciation to the city, "We can be a school board all we want, but when it comes to these capital projects, we need your assistance." 

The $4.08 million project will include six classrooms and a significant upgrade to the kitchen/cafeteria.  

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