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Martinez Elementary celebrates 50th anniversary before school is rebuilt

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Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Saturday afternoon, dozens of students, teachers, and staff, past and present, roamed the hallways of Martinez Elementary. This was the last chance for them to reunite before the school is rebuilt this summer.

In September, the Columbia County Board of Education approved rezoning plans involving three schools. The board agreed to rebuild Martinez and Evans elementaries, and permanently shutting down Bel Air Elementary.

During the 2014-2015 school year, students attending Martinez Elementary will enroll at Bel Air Elementary, while the school is rebuilt. That year, half of the students from Bel Air and all of the students from Evans will attend the new Evans Elementary, just a block down the street from where the school stands now.

Administrators say the new building will hold twice as many students as the old ones. Right now Martinez and Evans elementaries, which were built in the 1950s and 1960s can hold about 450 students.

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