Kemp to visit

Brian Kemp

An official grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Pierce County High School is scheduled for Jan. 31 and Governor Brian Kemp and State School Superintendent Richard Woods are scheduled to be here for the occasion.

School superintendent Dr. Kevin Smith made the announcement last Thursday during the school board’s monthly work session.

The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is slated for 2 p.m. Friday, January 31, at the auditorium of the new school.

Governor Kemp and Superintendent Woods have both confirmed they will be in attendance, Smith says.

Smith said the public is cordially invited to come and be a part of this “historic day.”

The superintendent also took the time to assure board members and the audience at the BOE meeting that the ribbon is authentic “Bear blue” in color.

“We made sure it is official Bear blue,” he said, with a laugh.

The question of what officially constitutes “Bear blue” was thoroughly debated during construction of the new school.

The new PCHS officially opened to students and staff Monday with the first day of class following the Christmas break. (See related story.)

The $29.523 million school features 64 classrooms and 185,000 square feet.

The school features a prominent, two-story administration wing along the front with a courtyard, a gymnasium and cafeteria.