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High school planned at SGES

By Walter Geiger Two big announcements were forthcoming Sept. 26 when the Edwards Family Conference Room and Dr. William R. King Jr. Science Laboratory were dedicated at St. George’s Episcopal School in Milner. Ashley Taylor, chair of the Board of Trustees, announced that SGES will begin high school instruction with the advent of a ninth grade class beginning with the 2015-16 academic year. SGES, in its 19th year, is located on the old Milner Middle School campus. In prior years, it offered course work only through the eighth grade. A major monetary gift helped fund the implementation of a high school. Sean Cain, trustee of the William and Mary Ella King Foundation, announced a grant to the school of $1 million. The foundation will give SGES $200,000 per year for the next five years, Cain said. The science lab and conference room are located in the building that formerly housed the MMS cafeteria. It has been renovated over the past several years with SGES parents doing much of the demolition. A science classroom, computer lab and other instruction space are also located in the building. An official ribboncutting for the building was conducted as part of the ceremonies. In addition to generous gifts by the King Foundation and the Edwards family, the building received major funding from the Luther and Susie Harrison Foundation. The family operated Harrison Poultry Inc., the largest employer in Barrow County, Ga. The foundation has assets in excess of $73 million and funds schools, health care facilities, health organizations, medical research, mental health/crisis services and Protestant agencies and churches. If you want to know more about St. George’s, its campus and mission, visit the school website at

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