In just a couple of weeks, children will be trading their pool toys for textbooks as the back-to-school rush begins. Fulton County schools will start Aug. 13, and some students will be seeing new faculty members, new policies and even brand new schools when they return.
One of the most notable changes in north Fulton is the opening of Cambridge High School in Milton. Cambridge draws students from Alpharetta and Milton high schools.
The new school is on the corner of Bethany Bend and Cogburn roads and features a 600-seat theater, 2,000-seat competition gym and programs similar to neighboring schools.
The school was completed this summer and parents and teachers have already taken tours.
“We decided to come here for a change and a new experience,” said incoming senior Katie Hagerty. She and fellow senior Kelsey Sehring were two of the many seniors who toured the building in July.
Other local schools will have new principals in the upcoming school year. In Alpharetta, New Prospect Elementary School students will have Rako Morrissey as principal. She has worked as an assistant principal in Cobb County and has taught in elementary and middle schools. Debra Doss will be leaving Roanoke City Schools in Virginia to take up the role of principal of Creek View Elementary School.
Johns Creek students will also have new principals. Norman Sauce is the new principal at Barnwell Elementary. He comes from California where he has worked as an assistant principal and social studies teacher. Tiffany Hutchens will be coming on as principal for Medlock Bridge Elementary School. She was an assistant principal at Abbotts Hill Elementary for eight years and has taught fifth grade.
New policies could also be in place when students return to the classroom, as well. Across different social media platforms students have indicated that they may see shorter lunch periods this year. But Fulton County Schools Communications Manager Susan Hale was not able to confirm any new school policies as of press time.