Before a gathering of about 50 people at Campbell Middle School on Tuesday night, the Cobb County School District unveiled site and architectural plans for Smyrna’s new elementary school.
In the first of two public forums, SPLOST Chief Doug Shepard stressed to those in attendance that the “preliminary plans’’ presented were “not set in stone.’’ The second forum is scheduled for August with construction set to begin in December.
Citizens are encouraged to supply input here concerning the new school, which will replace at least one current Smyrna elementary school. It was originally reported that would be replaced, but that decision as not been determined according to Shepard.
“We want to relieve overcrowding and the use of trailers at some of the nearby schools,’’ Shepard said. “But we want and need to hear from the public as this process continues.’’
The $22 million dollar replacement school will open in August 2013 and will have a capacity of almost 970 students.
“One thing I think people are concerned about is that it will be a very large student body,’’ said Smyrna City Councilwoman Teri Anulewicz, who represents Ward 3 where the school will be built. “But it’s going to be a large student body in a school that’s designed to accommodate a large student body. I like that the kindergarten has its own wing.’’
The 62-classroom school is being zoned in the downtown area and the architectural team ensured that the building adhered to the city’s Downtown Design District development plans. School drawings are available for viewing here.
“We wanted to comply with the city’s downtown development code,’’ said Shepard, who pointed out that all of the school classrooms will have at least one window to allow in natural light.
The front of the school will be on what is being called the Ward Street Connector and will include a traffic circle.
“We wanted to make the center feature of the school more or less centered on that traffic circle, although we did want the entrance to the school to be there’’ said Bob Cunningham of the Atlanta’s Cunningham, Forehand, Matthews, & Moore Architects, Inc. “We wanted the main entrance to the school to be where the administrative area is and convenient to the parking.’’
The school will backup to , and there will be fencing to separate the two schools. Both schools will utilize Fleming Street off Atlanta Road for school access. The traffic circle will be able to be accessed by vehicles from the Ward Street Connector and a new street tentatively named Middle Road.
It will be a two-story building with second through fifth grade classrooms on the second floor. Play fields will be available to the public when school is not in session.
Smyrna-Vinings Patch will provide more coverage including additional videos from Tuesday night’s presentation later in the day Wednesday.