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Oldest elementary school in Bainbridge being torn down

Posted at 6:19 PM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 18:19:12-04

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. — Elcan King Elementary School was the oldest elementary school in Bainbridge, and is now being torn down.

The school has been closed for over a year due to lower enrollment causing schools to be consolidated.

Once demolished, the school's land will be turned into a free parking lot for the football stadium.

Though this lot is not expected to be completed by the first football game, it should be ready shortly after for hundreds of people to use.

"I'm guesstimating probably in the 5 to 700 range, so there should be plenty of parking and we need it because there's no parking now," said Tim Cochran, Superintendent of Decatur County Schools. "What you see on the streets is where people park now. We're going from no parking to a lot of parking. That's going to help a lot, especially on visitor attendance because a lot of visitors don't travel because there's no where to park."

The stadium will also see an upgrade, with a ticket booth on Louise Street allowing for fans walk safely around the field to find their seats. These renovations are all possible thanks to SPLOST funding.