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Bluffton done with portable classrooms

Jun 24, 2010 9:36:00 AM - thestate.com
Just two years ago, about 2,000 students in Bluffton-area public schools learned in temporary classrooms.

When classes begin at the new Pritchardville Elementary and Bluffton Middle schools in August, there will be space for all of those students in permanent facilities.

No Bluffton students, in kindergarten through high school, will have to attend class in portable units this fall, said Chris Poe, construction and facilities planning officer for the Beaufort County School District.

"It's a huge relief," he said. "They will be much more connected to the main school. Some of them were pretty isolated out there."

After years of overcrowding, voters approved a $43.7 millionbond referendum in 2006 and a $162.7 bond referendum in 2008 to pay for several new schools and other renovations in the district.

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