Elementary school named ‘Brandywine’

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The 21st elementary school in Forsyth County, projected to open in 2016, has been named.

Brandywine Elementary School was selected and approved by the Forsyth County Board of Education at their Dec. 12 meeting.

The school will be located on Martin Drive, one block south of McFarland Parkway.

Staff conducted an online survey and a focus group of feeder school representatives to determine three possible names. The two other finalists for a name were McFarland and Rogers Mill.

A survey with these possible names was emailed to feeder school representatives.

The winning name was Brandywine.

According to county records, the school will on 26.8 acres and with a 130,240-square-feet facility and about 231 parking spaces.

Although typical elementary schools of this size would have about 110 employee parking spaces, the school district is requesting more parking for parents and visitors.

The school, which is based on a prototype, will accommodate 1,125 elementary students and will have 71 classrooms.

The construction is expected to take 18 months and will cost about $17 million.

Brandywine is named after the former Brandywine School that burned in 1953.

The former Brandywine School students later combined with Bethelview School students to form Midway Elementary School in 1961.

The name Brandywine honors a Revolutionary War veteran who lived in this area and fought in the 1777 Battle of Brandywine.

The school system is projected to add six new schools by 2017.