Atlanta Schools Chief Presents Inman Overcrowding Proposal

Eroll B. Davs' plan to relieve overcrowding at Iman Middle.
Eroll B. Davs' plan to relieve overcrowding at Iman Middle.  Download PDF 
Under a preliminary plan to relieve overcrowding at Inman Middle School, Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr. proposes to expand Centennial Place Elementary School by adding 6th through 8th grades.

The proposal, which Davis plans to formally present to the Atlanta Board of Education at its August or September meeting, also includes a physical expansion of Inman Middle by 10,000 to 12,000 square feet.

He outlined his plans in July 26 letter sent to the Inman Middle Task Force.

The plan also calls for demolishing Walden Middle School in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood and convert the site into play fields for Inman Middle and Grady High schools.

As outlined, Davis told the task force the plan eliminates a need for sixth grade academy in the Grady schools cluster.

The full letter can be read in the attached PDF.

What do you think of this proposal? Tell us below in the comments section.
FamilyOfFour July 28, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Eager to find out what the plans for Howard school are. The school is huge and in a great location. Have people talked about opening it up to be a middle school? Can anyone share info on why it hasn't been renovated and opened already?
Barbara Baggerman July 29, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Very misguided plan, apparently dictated by special-interest neighborhood groups rather than by common sense and best interest of kids. One of the attractions of intown neighborhoods is that we have nearby managably-sized neighborhood schools, not huge impersonal mega-schools like some in suburbia. Inman and Grady are already plenty big enough in terms of population. Making them bigger will not make them better; likely make them worse. Filling the play fields with more buildings, then having to transport the kids several miles to reach a play field, is stupid and counter-productive on so many levels (economics, time, safety, convenience, health, neighborhood cohesion, etc etc). A sixth-grade academy is a similarly stupid idea. The common-sense solution is a new middle school. Our northeast intown neighborhoods need more than one. What are the south-of-Ponce people so afraid of? Perhaps they have not yet realized the dirty little unspoken secret that, as Morningside and VaHi increasingly become victims of their own success, wherever the Lake Claire/CandlerPark/InmanPark/O4W kids go will become a totally cool school with amazingly bright, creative, talented kids. It's not the school, folks, it the people who make it. And you've got the kind of educated, youthful, diverse, creative, leading-edge, urban-and-social-pioneering people to make the best school, wherever you go (the same kind of people who made Inman and Grady successes, now priced out of north-of-Ponce neighborhoods). As coolness moves south, so will the cool schools. Embrace it. You've got it. You ARE it. Before long, the N-o-P folks will be clamoring to get into your school, just like the Buckhead folks used to camp out to get their kids into Inman.
Jh312 July 31, 2013 at 09:08 PM
I totally agree with everything in the above post; however, I'm still hoping that a K-8 model could be implemented across the board, with Inman functioning as an additional K-8 school to balance the numbers at SPARK and MES (in a geographically logical manner). Redirect the funds slated for an expansion at Inman towards a renovation/expansion of Howard, which could then function as an additional smaller High School for the neighborhoods Barbara noted above.


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