Officials open new building to serve schools


School officials from Starr’s Mill High, Rising Starr Middle, and Peeples Elementary, and board of education members, parents, and community members, recently gathered at the South Complex to celebrate the completion of three projects that will enhance transportation, athletics, and learning at all the schools.

A multipurpose building that will be used as a practice facility for various athletic teams at both Starr’s Mill High and Rising Starr Middle, as well as other programs hosted by schools at the South Complex, served as the reception site for the event, and was first in the lineup of ribbon cuttings.

A ribbon cutting followed for a long awaited golf cart path that students with driver’s permits or driver’s licenses can use to drive their golf carts to and from Starr’s Mill High.

The Southern Conservation Trust also held a ribbon cutting behind Starr’s Mill High to mark the completion of the Nesmith Preserve Starr’s Mill Environmental Trail and Boardwalk. The Trust owns 100 acres of wetland property behind the school, which now features a 400-foot trail leading to a 300-foot boardwalk with a sampling platform and bench. The trail is open to the public, and has already been used by students at the complex.

Shown above is the ribbon cutting on the multipurpose building. Attending were (L to R) Ron Rineer, Rising Starr Middle assistant principal; Debbie Rasnake, Rising Starr Middle assistant principal; Dr. Bob Todd, former board of education member; Nancy Blair, Rising Starr Middle principal; Diane Basham, board of education member; Dr. Barry Marchman, board of education member; Marion Key, board of education chairman; Dr. Joseph Barrow, school superintendent; Leonard Presberg, board of education member; Audrey Toney, Starr’s Mill High principal; Dan Colwell, board of education vice-chair; Sam Sweat, deputy superintendent; and Mike Satterfield, director of facility services.