ROSWELL, Ga. — Fulton County Schools presented updated design plans for the new Crabapple Middle School building at the June 10 Roswell City Council meeting.
The new building will be on a 29-acre parcel on Woodstock Road just south of Jones Road. Construction is expected to begin this summer and finish by August 2021, said Doug Carey, director of capital planning for Fulton County Schools.
The new building will be larger, at 190,000 square feet, and will have a 1,225-student capacity. It is located near a creek. Part of the land slopes toward the creek, so a partial two-level plan was adopted for the new building, Carey said. The majority of the school will be on one level, which will house sixth and seventh grade students. Eighth grade students will have classes in the lower level, which can be accessed through an interior amphitheater.
Inside the main level, the school will have a media center, foreign language suite, locker rooms, administrative and counseling rooms, and cafeteria, as well as band, orchestra, chorus and art labs.
Outside, the new Crabapple Middle School will have ample parking for all parents and visitors that is separate from a dedicated bus lane. There will also be a multi-purpose athletic field near the rear of the property.
The $43 million proposal from Evergreen Construction was approved by the Fulton County Board of Education in May.
Originally, Fulton County Schools planned to rebuild Crabapple Middle School on its current lot. The school system ran into issues, however, with construction costs and what to do with the students while the school was closed.
While the new location solves the attendance problem, residents raised concerns over traffic. Several schools already exist in the area, including Roswell High School, Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, Fellowship Christian Academy and Roswell North Elementary School.
Mayor Lori Henry, who lives in that area, noted that at times it will take her 45 minutes to travel less than two miles. She encouraged Fulton County to work with the Roswell Transportation Department to head off any additional traffic concerns with the new building.
“We acknowledge that there are many schools on that street,” Carey said. “The schedules are completely different. Our timing for the middle school starts later and dismisses later than the elementary and high schools. They all begin and end school at different times… So, the log jam can be mitigated somewhat.”
Carey added that traffic has been a major concern throughout the project. Fulton County Schools will have at least one person directing traffic on site during peak times, he said.
Residents also asked about noise and light emanating from the new field.
While there are no plans for speakers or a sound system, Carey said, a third party could potentially add those features in the future.
Henry asked Fulton County Schools that they consult the city if such a situation arises, even though the school system is not legally required to work with the city on such matters.