GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Forsyth County Schools celebrated the official groundbreaking for its seventh traditional high school May 21.
East Forsyth High School will be located at 8910 Jot Em Down Road in Gainesville and is expected to open in fall 2021. Contractor Carroll Daniel and Superintendent Jeff Bearden spoke to commemorate the event before the traditional shovel and dirt picture was taken.
It’s been a long process getting to the point of turning the first shovel of dirt on the site.
The district purchased the property in 2007, but construction was postponed due to the economic recession the following year. The project was revived as part of the 2018 voter-approved bond referend um. At its March meeting, the Forsyth County Board of Education unanimously approved an $85 million construction bid to build the school.
“With 39 current schools, the groundbreaking is monumental in the construction of our seventh traditional high school,” said Forsyth County Schools’ Communications Facilitator Hannah Samples. “East Forsyth High School is projected to… relieve overcrowding at existing schools and to meet the needs of future growth.”
Denmark, which opened in 2018, is the county’s most recent traditional high school, coming in at a cost of $72 million.
Much of the cost increase for East Forsyth High comes from the higher amount of structural steel framing. Structural steel underwent a 25 percent tariff imposed by the Trump Administration in 2018 for all countries except Australia and Argentina.
After years of anticipation, residents are happy to see that East Forsyth High School is finally on its way to help balance the student population. Overcrowding has been one of the largest complaints throughout much of the county’s school system.
“We look forward to seeing the campus come to fruition over the next two years,” Samples said.