APS Redistricting: Demographers' Single Option
For East Atlanta Patch schools: Close East Lake Elementary, keep Whitefoord and Burgess-Peterson open for three years and merge Thomasville Heights into Benteen Elementary.
From four to two and now, one.
The consulting firm advising the Atlanta Public Schools on the massive rezoning of schools released a singular option that calls for East Lake Elementary's closure, the merger of Hope-Hill and Cook elementary schools and keeping Whitefoord Elementary open for the next three years.
For the schools of East Atlanta Patch they now advise APS should:
- Create a kindergarten center that would serve Mary Lin, Springdale Park and Morningside elementary schools or expand Springdale Park Elementary School's capacity.
- Close East Lake Elementary and merge with Toomer Elementary.
- Merge Hope-Hill and Cook elementary schools.
- Keep both Whitefoord Elementary School and Burgess-Peterson Academy open for three years to ensure that "utilization of these schools doesn’t rise too fast due to the large preschool bubble entering those schools. In the event that the additional capacity is not needed, Whitefoord could eventually be merged into Burgess-Peterson."
- Create a 5-6 grade center at a suitable location within School Reform Team 3 that solve could elementary school overcrowding at Mary Lin.
- Close Thomasville Heights Elementary and merge it into Benteen Elementary in School Reform Team 2.
- "Selective capacity additions to the south of I-20 may also make possible the development of better solutions to reduce excess capacity represented by Coan and King middle schools. We would be open to evaluating such alternatives in order to assist Superintendent Davis in making his recommendation to the School Board."
This list of options, released late Thursday, comes just days before APS Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr. is expected to release his singular redistricting recommendations to parents on March 4.
On March 5, Davis will make a formal presentation to the Atlanta Board of Education.
Davis has said while he will take the demographers' recommendations into consideration, they are not binding.
"I'm in no way bound by what the demographers have put out there," he said in a Feb.13 interview with Patch at APS' downtown headquarters.