April 9, 2020

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new G-PAC facility at HCHS

Pictured above at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Heard High’s new G-PAC building on Friday, January 31 are (from L-R) Daniel Burgos, Kaylee Warren, Simone Acosta, and Sirus Rowell, Calista Addison, Board of Education Members: Ashley Awbrey, Greg Holcomb, Chad Wood, Roger Harrod, and Mike Crockett; Brooklyn Curbow, Wyn Denney, Ayden Cannon, and Morgan Kay (Photo: Penny Hood/HCHS)

(Franklin, GA) — A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site of the new gymnasium and performing arts center (G-PAC) at Heard County High School on Friday, January 31.

A large number of people were in attendance for the ceremony including school administration, faculty, school board members, community members, coaches, athletes, and other students as well as representatives from the project construction partners and architects.

The Master of Ceremonies was Mr. Brent Tisdale and former Heard County Superintendent Jerry Prince gave the invocation.

Giving remarks at the event were current Heard County Superintendent Rodney Kay, Steve McCune from Southern A&E Architects, and Chairman of the Heard County Board of Education Roger Harrod.

The G-PAC is one of the final construction projects for a school system upgrade that began in 2002 under the leadership of Superintendent Benjamin Hyatt.

Hyatt and the Board of Education completed the construction of Heard County Middle School in 2002, Heard County Elementary School in 2006, and Heard County High School in 2010.

With the help of local citizens’ support of SPLOST, the school begins the construction of the G-PAC debt free.  The G-PAC acronym was coined by Assistant Superintendent Mr. Tisdale.

The G-PAC is expected to open its doors in August of 2021 and will seat over 1,500 spectators on the athletic side and over 600 on the performing arts side.

The facility will be home to Show Choir, Band, Chorus, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, Wrestling, and will also be a forum and venue for many community events. (See virtual tour video below)

“We would like to thank our Board of Education, Southern A&E, an our local construction committee for meticulously planning for over 18 months to make this dream a reality,” said Superintendent Kay. “We feel like they have considered every voice when designing the facility, and we know it will be a venue our community will be proud of for the next 50 years.”

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