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A new Free Home Elementary School could be one step closer to becoming a reality. The current Free Home Elementary, at 12525 Cumming Highway near Canton, is the smallest school in the district.

A brand new elementary school in the Free Home area may soon be one step closer to becoming a reality.

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners next week will decide whether to sell nearly 41 acres to the Cherokee County School District, according to their agenda for Tuesday’s meeting.

Located on Highway 372 next to the county’s future site of Cochran Park at the corner of Highway 20 and Highway 372, the sale price is $40,000 per acre, according to a contract the board will consider. That’s about $1.6 million. The property is proposed to be the site of a new Free Home Elementary School.

The contract also allows 90 days for the school system to inspect the property and make sure it meets with their satisfaction, while the county would have 10 days to respond to any complaints the school system might have about the location. As part of the agreement, the school district would put down $1,000 for the land, which will count toward the final purchase price of the overall property.

Representatives of the school district did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

Funds for a new Free Home Elementary School are included in the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. The current Free Home Elementary, at 12525 Cumming Highway near Canton, is the smallest school in the district, with 290 students as of March, according to state data.

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