Bibb County schools say they'll use a $500,000 federal grant to construct a new student health center at the Ingram Pye Elementary School.
Ingram Pye is part of the four-school Macon Promise Neighborhood, a program that aims to boost student achievement. partly by improving their quality of life.
Macon Promise Neighborhood Executive Director Ebony Harris says in the area surrounding Ingram-Pye, transportation and access to medical care and two issues they hope to new center will be able to solve.
She says their surveys showed that 55 percent of families with children 0 to 5 in the area did not have a regular medical provider.
The district says the health center will provide health care and mental health care for the school's children, their families and other people in the neighborhood.
The three other schools in the Macon Promise Neighborhood are Hartley Elementary, Ballard-Hudson Middle School and Southwest High School.
Ingram-Pye was one of only 12 locations in Georgia to receive the grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and one of only two to receive the amount of $500,000. "It was very competitive," says Steve Corkery, the lead psychologist for Bibb County Schools.
They hope to open up the new center sometime in the 2013-14 school year.