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New school, county’s crown jewel

It’s already changed the physical landscape along U.S. 31 South. Beyond the brick and mortar, what happens inside its walls and surrounding its sidewalks will change the outlook of south Butler County.

Construction on the new school in Georgiana is quickly approaching completion. The school system has released detailed information about its special new curriculum. These two views merge into a vision of the future.

That vision is impressive.

I got a sneak peak of the new facilities at the Butler County Magnet School last week following a presentation describing the specialized curriculum.

Superintendent Mike Looney beams with pride over both. And he should — there’s plenty to be proud of.

From the internet-café-style lobby near the library to the large gymnasium and open hallways, construction reflects the futuristic theme that inspired it.

Electronic kiosks at the front of the school will allow parents to access their child’s grades and assignments, and provide an extra vehicle for communication with teachers and administrators.

Equally impressive, if not more so, is the additional curriculum to be offered at the new school. Built for select students in grades 2-12, it offers specialized instruction in math, science and career technology.

Advanced elementary courses include fine arts, technology, career explorations, foreign language and international/global studies.

Among the secondary offerings are academies in medical, digital imaging and architecture design and engineering.

More than 160 applications have already been submitted for fall enrollment, Looney said. And inquiries have come from as far as Birmingham and Panama City, Fla.

There’s still time to apply for admission to the Butler County Magnet School.

The deadline is April 2 at 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.butlerco.k12.al.us or call 382-2665.