Carver Road Middle Principal Eclan David said the new school “represents the collaboration between the Spalding County school system and the community.”
The vision for Carver Road Middle School is for it to become “the standard of quality education,” not just in the state, but also nationally and internationally, David said. “I’m pleased, honored and privileged to serve the Spalding County children along with a wonderful staff.”
Bradley said David “and others have worked hard to find the right staff for the dream he has and we have.”
Then the superintendent introduced Bruce Ballard, director of construction and facilities, to the audience. Ballard has had a crucial part in making sure that construction was on time and done properly.
“Bruce is one of those people, it’s not a job for him, it’s part of his life,” said Bradley, adding that two hours after the ceremony, people may see Ballard on a construction site, covered in mud and trying to fix a problem.
Said David, jokingly, “Some people asked me recently why I didn’t look worried. That’s because I had Bruce to do all the worrying. The building could not be in the state that it is in without your work and dedication.”
Ballard, who was clearly flattered by the praise, said the new school facility turned out to be “extremely nice.” He said there are still some things to do, such as touch-up painting, but those are minor projects.
Carver Road Middle School, which is replacing Flynt Middle School, was built based on the design of Kennedy Road Middle and Cowan Road Middle, but improved through feedback from staff from those schools.
Money from a special purpose local-option sales tax and state funds were used to pay for the school.
The facility can house 725 students, though the current enrollment is about 460.
“It takes a village to raise a child,” said David, reciting an African expression. “May the village that is Spalding County continue to raise more than one child.”