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Dr. Sean Alford, superintendent of Aiken County Public School District, spoke about the westward movement of families in Aiken County toward the Savannah River. 

Ongoing construction projects were just one of many topics covered by Aiken County Public School District Superintendent Dr. Sean Alford during Thursday's State of Our Community. 

The event was held in the newly constructed North Augusta High School, and Alford talked about some of the projects that have been funded, such as the high school, Hammond Hill Elementary and Belvedere Elementary.

He also mentioned that projects in other parts of the county, such as construction at Wagener-Salley High, that could be coming, need support from the county as well, mentioning students in every part of the county deserve a "wonderful and equitable experience."

Alford also mentioned "astronomical growth the closer you get to the river." 

With additional cyber opportunities headed to the CSRA, Alford mentioned a trip he went on to Fort Mead and Fort Belvoir to attract families to Aiken County. 

Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. Follow her on Twitter at @LindseyNHodges.