Cobb County’s school district is negotiating to buy 35 acres that officials say will be used to build an elementary school, but residents say they don’t think the district is being honest about plans for the site.
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BUILDING METRO SCHOOLS
The pace of school construction has varied in metro Atlanta districts.
Using revenue from a voter-approved special purpose local option sales tax, the districts assess their needs and set up a schedule to build, or rebuild, facilities.
Fulton County Schools:
Susan Hale, spokeswoman for the school district, said its SPLOST-funded projects are “on schedule.”
“In fact, we broke ground on an elementary school in October and are planning another groundbreaking for a middle school next month,” she said. “We also have three other schools scheduled to break ground next school year, as well as several building additions. Overall, our five-year capital improvement plan calls for nine new schools — eight elementary schools and one middle school – and additions at one elementary, five middle and three high schools.”
Gwinnett County Public Schools:
School construction in the largest school district in the state has continued on a steady pace.
The district opened seven new schools in 2010 and made renovations at three others. In 2011, Gwinnett opened two more schools and again renovated three others.
There were no new schools or major renovations in 2012. Voters had approved an extension of the penny tax for schools in November of 2011 that went into effect in July of 2012.
Gwinnett relocated two schools to new facilities in 2013 and is scheduled to open a new school this year. Next year, the district expects to open four new schools.
Cherokee County School District:
Cherokee eliminated two elementary schools from its five-year plan because of revenue declines during the economic downtown.
Still, Cherokee opened a new middle school in August of 2013, it opened two elementary schools in the 2012-2013 school year, and it is building two middle schools — one it expects to open this August, and another set to open in August 2016.
— Wayne Washington