FCHS greets as Gulf Coast board meets

GCSC meets in Eastpoint

Gulf Coast State College President Dr. Jim Kerley, left, and Trustee Board Chair Denise Butler receive a $5,000 donation from Ralph Roberson.

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 04:44 PM.

Members of the Gulf Coast State College board of trustees had a chance this month to see first hand the Eastpoint campus where a nice-sized chunk of the college’s student body is receiving their high school education.

The tour of the Franklin County School’s kindergarten through 12th grade campus, conducted by Principal George Oehlert, was the postscript to the monthly meeting held the morning of Nov. 8 in the high school media center.

The trustees’ meetings are frequently rotated amongst the three counties - Bay, Gulf and Franklin - served by the state college. This month’s meeting was the farthest east the trustees have to travel, prompting several of them to remark they now had a newfound appreciation for the travel demands of Franklin County trustees.

“And our service area goes another 25 miles to the east,” Board Chairman Denise Butler reminded her colleagues.

Butler, a former teacher, principal and school board member in the Franklin County School District, opened the meeting with an overview of the two decade-long history of the consolidation process.

“It’s a testimony to folks here who understand how important combining the two high schools has been” she said. “It’s not an easy task for two communities with such different traditions.”

One theme woven through the three-page agenda, and bundle of paperwork associated with the many agenda items, was the excitement building for the estimated June 2013 completion of the 93,000 square foot $32 million Advanced Technology Center (ATC).

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