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Wheeler County Schools Construct New Ag Facility

Recently, the Wheeler County Board of Education purchased 12 acres of land in Alamo for the construction of a new Agriculture Facility for the Middle/High Ag. Education program. In 2020, the land was purchased from the City of Alamo, and the Board of Education passed the construction of a 13,000 sq. ft. Ag. Facility. The new building and land will be utilized by students enrolled in Ag. Education as well as FFA members.

On this site, the Ag. Ed Department plans to start a school farm where students will apply theories and concepts learned in the classroom to real world, hands-on experiences at the school farm. This will include planting and maintaining vegetable gardens, livestock shows and various animal projects, forestry projects, soil judging, livestock judging, and many more activities taught in Agricultural Education.

In addition to the new facility, the Ag. Department has just received a $100,000 ESSERS Equipment Grant that will be utilized to purchase a new tractor for the school farm, as well as other equipment students will access in Agriculture Education.

This project has also given students the opportunity to learn by doing. Donnie Horton, WCHS Construction teacher, and his classes, as well as Mr. Oliver’s and Mr. Bateson’s Ag. Mechanics classes have been responsible for installing the interior walls and much of the electrical wiring inside the building. This not only saved the school money, but provided students with on-thejob training. The new Ag. Facility will provide many years of opportunities for the youth of Wheeler County. We would like to thank the residents of Wheeler County for supporting the SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax) as these funds were used in the construction of this project.

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