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Construction blitz at Clayton schools

Contractors with Cumming-based Cooper & Company General Contractors have been working through the cold erecting Clayton County’s Fine Arts Magnet High School in Jonesboro. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

Contractors with Cumming-based Cooper & Company General Contractors have been working through the cold erecting Clayton County’s Fine Arts Magnet High School in Jonesboro. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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There are 16 SPLOST-funded projects under construction and recently completed projects in Clayton County Public Schools. They cost a combined $164 million. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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SPLOST-funded renovations continue at roughly a dozen Clayton County schools. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

JONESBORO — What once was a bare concrete slab has turned into significant construction on a facility seemingly rising out of the ground on the southbound side of I-75 near Jonesboro.

Contractors with Cumming-based Cooper & Company General Contractors have been working through the cold raising the multi-story building adjacent to the Clayton County Performing Arts Center.

The addition, which will cost about $19 million to construct, will be the school district’s Fine Arts Magnet High School. Construction, which began last winter, is expected to be done in May.

Chief Operations Officer Cephus Jackson said the school is one of 16 SPLOST-funded projects under construction or that were recently completed in Clayton County Public Schools. They combine for $164 million.

Jackson said two additional projects are in the design phase while several others are planned for dates that have not been determined.

SPLOST coordinator John Holloway recently presented the board with a summary of SPLOST construction project payments for November totaling $2.8 million.

The payments, ranging from $20,000 to $923,971, were made on eight projects this month, including the magnet high school, according to district data.

A comprehensive list of projects is available at www.clayton.k12.ga.us.