The Columbia County Board of Education did not open any new schools this year, but two existing schools moved into brand new buildings. The $22 million, 47-classroom, 131,091-square-foot Harlem Middle School building opened off of Appling-Harlem Highway in August, and the former middle school building on West Forrest Avenue has been demolished. A new North Harlem Elementary School building will be constructed on that site.
A new Grovetown Elementary School building also opened for the 2017-18 school year. This $19.5 million, two-story building, which was built next to its former site on Ford Avenue, includes 111,328 square feet and 55 classrooms.
Construction of the School for Arts Infused Learning, however, has brought a new charter school to the county. Phase I was completed on the Blanchard Woods Drive facility in Evans in July. This phase will house grades K-6 this year and seventh grade should be added next year. Phase 2 will house grades 6-8 when it is built. The $7 million school is completely state funded, and its curriculum focuses on science, technology, engineering, art and math.