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School system ready to open Monday
by Noreen Cochran
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Special Graphic. An artist’s rendering of the new South Fulton Elementary School.
Special Graphic. An artist’s rendering of the new South Fulton Elementary School.
The Fulton County School System continues to be the fourth largest school district in Georgia, with about 96,300 students entering its buildings Monday for the 2014-15 school year.

According to system spokeswoman Susan Hale, this is an expected increase of about 1,200 students from the 2013-14 school year.

The system includes 101 schools, of which 58 are elementary, 19 middle, 17 high and seven start-up charter schools.

Its newest is the South Fulton Elementary School.

“This three-story school offers the same programmatic and site amenities found in all other Fulton County Schools’ prototypes,” Hale said in a statement. “The school is organized with K-5 classrooms stacked in an academic wing and the core functions – media center, music, gymnasium, cafetorium and administration suite – stacked at the end of the building.”

The architecture firm is Collins Cooper Carusi Architects.

Its 126,000 square feet were built by Evergreen Construction on an 18-acre plot in College Park.

It has 42 regular and 14 special classrooms, with room for 850 to 1,000 full-time employees.

The school, built using nearly $22 million from the third round of the education special purpose local option sales tax, will house Mount Olive Elementary under its new principal, Mari Early, for the 2014-15 school year.

The other new south Fulton principals are –

 DeMarcos Holland — Banneker High

 Anthony Newbold — Bear Creek Middle

 Chad Webb — Chattahoochee Hills Charter

 Racquel Harris — Feldwood Elementary

 Luqman Abdur-Rahman — McNair Middle

 Adrienne Grainger-Smith — Oak Knoll Elementary

 Latrina Coxton — Oakley Elementary

 Kedra Fairweather — Parklane Elementary

 Lori Bolds —Tubman Elementary

 Alexandra Bates (interim) — Westlake High

 Jason Stamper — Woodland Middle

County-wide, there will be nearly 700 new teachers added for a total teaching force of about 6,800.

Other improvements include renovations at Hapeville, Woodland, Brookview, Parklane, Seaborn Lee and S.L. Lewis elementary schools, Camp Creek Middle and Tri-Cities and Westlake high schools.

Camp Creek Middle is also introducing an instructional delivery model for math that redesigns the physical classroom to create several learning stations for teachers and students to move between throughout a single class period.

“With the Teach to One program, students will receive a targeted, individualized learning experience,” Hale said.

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