DALTON — Members of the Dalton Board of Education gave approval Monday night for the purchase of a second tract of land for a new sixth- and seventh-grade school, contingent on an appraisal of the property later this month, and were told the system’s 10th school would be ready to open in Janu-ary of 2021.

At Monday night’s board meeting, members voted 4-0 with board Chairman Rick Fromm absent to spend a total of $1.808 million on the property with an extra $50,000 added to the land purchase for any legal fees or contingent costs.

The property is between the North Bypass and Brooker Road across the street from the current location of Dalton Middle School.

The money will come from ESPLOST IV revenues which officially come to an end at the close of the year and are not part of ESPLOST V monies which begin collection in January or part of the total cost of the general obligation bond approved in November by voters to fund construction of the new school. ESPLOST stands for Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.