The McDuffie County School Board selected architect Greg Smith to work on plans for the new school in a board meeting Dec. 9.
Board members approved a recommendation that Mr. Smith of Buckley and Associates serve as the architect for the new school and a contract be developed between Mr. Smith and the board under the advice of counsel experienced in facilities.
The board reviewed presentations given at last month's board meeting as well as results of a survey completed by the three firms before making the decision. The board heard presentations at last month's planning session from Buckley and Associates, Holroyd and Associates, and Harley and Associates.
The new school, which may be ready by 2006, will be located on the bypass and White Oak Road, according to Dr. Jim Franklin, assistant superintendent for administrative services.
It will be funded by a special purpose local option sales tax and should also receive state funding if approved by the Georgia General Assembly.
While addressing the board last month, a representative from Buckley and Associates discussed design concepts and quality control issues of building the new middle school. Some elements the firm likes to incorporate into schools are natural light, a plan promoting efficient circulation, individual room controls for heat and air, and a design focusing on optimum security.
The firm, which has built 155 new schools across Georgia in the past 20 years, likes to use wide corridors and incorporate one point supervision so there is a clear view from all areas from one vantage point.
Buckley and Associates is based in Swainsboro, and has nine registered architects on staff, according to the presentation to the school board.