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Davis Recommends Grade Six Academy at Cook

Superintendent's final APS redistricting plan includes keeping Coan Middle open.

The final stretch of the Atlanta Public Schools redistricting marathon has finally arrived.

District Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr. released his final redistricting recommendation to the board of education late Saturday night, which includes closing Cook Elementary School on Memorial Drive and converting the building into a grade six academy for .

Davis said using Cook to house Inman sixth-graders will save the district between $20 to $30 million.

The board will vote on the proposal at the April 10 meeting, which has been to accommodate a larger audience.

is still in the works, he said.

Whitefoord Elementary and Coan Middle schools, which are in the Edgewood neighborhood, . Supporters of both Coan and Whitefoord fought bitterly to keep those schools open.

Davis' latest plan calls for the shuttering of 10 schools.

The remaining schools will be divided into 10 clusters.

Here's how it affects the neighborhoods and schools in and around Midtown Patch:

Grady High School Cluster:

  • Inman Middle School
  • Centennial Place
  • Cook Elementary (Capitol Gateway): Close and repurpose as a sixth grade academy for Inman Middle School. Projected savings: $20 million to $30 million. Cooks kids rezoned to Parkside, Centennial Place, Whitefoord and Hope-Hill elementary schools.
  • Hope-­Hill Elementary School (Old Fourth Ward): Rezoned to Inman Middle School.
  • Mary Lin Elementary School (Candler Park): $15 million earmarked for additions and renovations. No students to be moved.
  • Morningside Elementary School
  • Springdale Park Elementary School

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Greg Wilkinson April 01, 2012 at 03:09 PM
They really just passed the buck on this one. Maybe it's time the Inman communities deal with the overcrowding of their school in a logical manner and send a school or two to another middle school to the south to relieve the overcrowding and stop the need for a 6th grade annex. It's clear Davis thinks building a new middle school is not logical when there is capacity available elsewhere. Just a suggestion.

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