Walker County is getting a new K-8 campus. To be named Saddle Ridge, ground was broken for the facility April 24.
The 100-acre Saddle Ridge school site is located between U.S. Highway 27 and Arnold Road in the Rock Spring community. The location will be the future home to the elementary, middle and high school educational complex.
"It's going to be a great asset to our community," said Elaine Womack, Walker County Schools publications coordinator. "We've really needed something like this for a long time."
The projected cost for the completed complex is $16.5 million and will be funded through the Education Special Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) revenue and state capital outlay funds for the purpose of construction.
In preparation for the estimated 700 students the school will serve, the facility will be 115,000 square feet and include more than 40 instructional units.
The Saddle Ridge mascot will be the Mustangs and the school is scheduled to open in fall 2013.