The McDuffie County Board of Education Central Office has a newly completed wing to make business a little easier for staff members and parents. The wing, which extends across the back of the building, encompasses five offices and a small conference room.
Assistant Superintendent Jim Franklin said the offices are used by staff members of the school nutrition program.
"We had three and four people in an office, so we had to expand the office space to... provide them privacy and working conditions that were suitable," he said.
Privacy was an issue because the nutrition department interviews parents, and requires the parents to give confidential information as they apply for free or reduced meals, Dr. Franklin said.
The addition took approximately six months to build, and was done almost entirely by the McDuffie County school system maintenance department. Dr. Franklin said the maintenance department did all of the wiring, the heating and cooling system, the sheetrock and the painting. He said contractors were used for the concrete slab foundation, the brickwork and the acoustical tile ceiling.
The maintenance department staff worked on the addition during their regular work hours.
"That's why it took so long, because they had to fill it in with their other work," Dr. Franklin said. "Because our priorities were working in the schools, and whenever they could be pulled away, they came here to work."
Dr. Franklin recommended, and the School Board approved, using the maintenance department to do the work to cut down on expenses. He estimates their work saved the school system "countless dollars."