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Buckhead schools plan for changes come fall
by Caroline Young
May 15, 2013 11:18 AM | 2062 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Change abounds at schools in Buckhead and beyond for the coming year, including building improvements and the retirement of staff members.

Pace Academy is breaking ground Friday on the Arthur M. Blank Family Upper School, said spokeswoman Caitlin Goodrich. The upper school will be a four-story, 75,000-square-foot facility, nearly doubling the space of the current one.

“The new building will take shape in the footprints of Bridges Hall, the existing upper school, which was constructed in 1961,” Goodrich said.

College Park’s Woodward Academy, which draws students in the area, completed Campaign Woodward in December, which generated $62.7 million, surpassing the school’s goal of $58.5 million. The money is for endowment, Woodward Fund support and the construction of three new buildings on the upper school campus, said spokeswoman Amy Morris. The buildings include a math, science and college counseling center, an athletic and fitness center and an upper school humanities building.

Atlanta Girls’ School will be transforming its current music room into a “state-of-the-art black box theatre,” said spokeswoman Cassandra Streich.

At Westminster, Scott Hall is being remodeling, according to spokeswoman Erin Dentmon. The building will house technology offices and the business office.

“We are also remodeling the 50-year-old Carlyle Fraser Library. The renovation will continue throughout the 2013-14 school year,” Dentmon said. “Summer renovations are also planned for Malone Dining Hall.”

She said the names of Westminster’s school divisions will transition from elementary, junior high and high school to lower, middle and upper schools.

“Next year’s upper school schedule will be vastly revised,” Dentmon said. “A seven-day rotation is designed to improve balance in the lives of students and provide deeper and more collaborative curriculum explorations that align with the school’s strategic vision.”

Perhaps the most change will happen with Atlanta Public Schools’ Buckhead cluster. North Atlanta High will move into its new campus, at the old IBM site on Northside Parkway, in August. Sutton Middle will then move into North Atlanta’s old campus on Northside Drive, and E. Rivers Elementary will move into the old Sutton campus on Powers Ferry Road and will occupy it for 18 months while E. Rivers is rebuilt.

Once E. Rivers’ construction is complete, which is planned for January 2015, its students will return to its campus. At that time, Sutton is expected to use its old campus again, as a sixth-grade academy, and keep seventh- and eighth-graders in its new campus, the old North Atlanta one.

Finally, parents, sponsors, friends and guests at Mableton’s Whitefield Academy, which draws students from the area, raised more than $375,000 at its biannual auction April 13, and the net proceeds will be used to purchase two more acres adjoining the existing campus along the tennis courts to expand the current 80-acre campus.
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