Otwell Middle School in Cumming to add portable classrooms

Four classrooms approved at school

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CUMMING, Ga. — The Forsyth County Board of Education requested the addition of four portable classrooms at Otwell Middle School, 605 Tribble Gap Road in Cumming.

Based on the next school year projections, the district anticipates there will be 1,137 students at Otwell Middle, said Tim Amerson, with the Board of Education’s facilities planning department. That’s 94 more students than the current year.

“We are using a modular system that is different from classrooms in the past,” Amerson said. “It will look more like a facility than a portable classroom.”

A portable classroom can accommodate 25 students.

There may also be the addition of a couple of new teachers, Amerson said.

“It’s temporary,” Amerson said. “In our five year plan, we are weighing out our options for classroom additions at school versus building a new middle school.”

Amerson said that the development happened over the summer. There is a large graduation of fifth graders, he said. Growth is occurring at middle and high schools.

“A lot of places are slowing down growing, but we are still growing,” said City of Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt.

Otwell Middle School opened in 2001. The school’s principal is Terri North.