ROSWELL, Ga. – Preliminary plans for North Fulton’s newest elementary school were unveiled during a neighborhood meeting Monday evening, March 3, depicting a split-level school to be built off Ga. 9 and Thomas Street in west Roswell.
Construction on the West Roswell elementary school site will begin in May after the demolition of existing structures on the site is complete. The school is slated to open in August 2015.
During the first year the school is open, it will serve as a “staging school” for nearby Esther Jackson Elementary School students. In that period, the old school will be torn down and rebuilt on-site, with the kids returning to their new school in August 2016.
That same month, the West Roswell elementary school will accept its first class of permanent students. Enrollment boundaries for these students will be determined in the spring prior to the school opening, following a series of redistricting meetings.
The West Roswell site will be one of the few split-level schools in the system, with classrooms and other resources spread across three floors on the school. The design is the newest elementary prototype used for new school construction, and the first for North Fulton.
Questions from the 50-plus residents who turned out for Monday’s meeting centered mainly on traffic concerns and access to the school for kids who walk to school. The school is located along busy Ga. 9, just south of Holcomb Bridge Road, but traffic engineers noted the volumes do not warrant a traffic signal for the school.
A police officer will be located at the school during mornings and afternoon dismissal to provide safety for students. In addition, bus traffic and parent traffic will be separate for additional safety for students. Buses will enter from Ga. 9, with parent access off Charles Place.
The school will have a capacity of 850 students and will contain 54 classrooms, an outdoor classroom and a total of 124,500 square feet. The property is just under 20 acres, but 6 acres will be left “undisturbed” for buffers and vegetation.
Fulton Schools will also provide an easement to the city of Roswell along the back edge of the property for an eventual pedestrian pathway that will connect to other walkways in the city.
Roswell Councilmember Betty Price, who attended the school meeting, said funds have not yet been allocated by the City Council to build the pathway so there is a possibility the path will not be in place when the school opens.
The West Roswell Area Elementary School is being built through proceeds of the one-cent special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) passed by voters in 2012. The total cost for the property, as well as the construction of both the West Roswell elementary school site and new Esther Jackson School is approximately $46 million.