It's an idea more than a decade old but plans are finally moving forward to build a new high school in Bertie County.
Monday night the Bertie County commissioners met with the school board to talk about the recent developments in the project. The new 28-room facility is expected to break ground right across the street from the current Bertie High School and board members say the new high school will be the same size as the current one with classes for students from ninth through twelfth grade. Although it will be a costly project, it's one that the chairman of the commissioners feels is long overdue.
"It's approximately $19 million. You know, with smart financing and being fiscally responsible to the taxpayers of Bertie County, I think this project will go through, " said Board of Bertie County Commissioners Chairman Lewis Hoggard.
Hoggard says the goal to have the new building ready for students is August 2013. Plans on what to do with the former high school are still being discussed.