Newest elementary school planned for northwest part of county

Thu, 10/11/2007 - 2:25pm
By: John Thompson

Coweta County’s newest elementary school could open for the 2009-2010 school year.

School spokesperson Dean jackson said the system is working on getting preliminary drawings to the state easily next year for a school at the intersection of Jim Starr Road and Tommy Lee Cook Road. The school system recently purchased a 30-acre tract, just behind the fire station at the busy intersection.

Jackson said a new elementary school is called for in the latest Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, and the new school would help alleviate overcrowding at some of the schools in the northern part of the county, such as Arnco-Sargeant, Arbor springs and Canongate. Jackson said he doesn’t see a wholesale redistricting process to accomodate the school. Instead, like earlier this decade, the redistricting would focus on a more regional aspect.

The land was purchased from Temple Inland, which plans to build a subdivision near the proposed school.

“If we can get the plans to the state by early 2008, we should be able to have a groundbreaking in the spring,” he said.

Jackson expects the school to have a larger footprint, such as Welch Elementary.

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