FORSYTH COUNTY, GA — The Forsyth County Board of Education has approved the sales contract to purchase 42 acres of land on Castleberry Road to construct elementary No. 23. The school, which will be officially named later, is projected to open in August 2022 and targeted to relieve current and future overcrowding at Whitlow Elementary School, Vickery Elementary School, Shiloh Point Elementary School, and Midway Elementary School. The funding for the land and school were approved by voters in the May 2018 bond referendum.
The initial Sales Contract Offer was presented at $77,950 per acre for a total $3 million. The agreement says there will be an estimated 1,100 students attending. Big Creek is located near the school, but fencing will be put up so students can’t go near it.
The site has undergone a battery of tests and risk assessments required by the Georgia Department of Education, which they have reviewed and approved. After the land purchase is complete, the school district will present a detailed sketch plat to the Forsyth County government and hold a public participation meeting. Until then, questions can be sent to Tim Amerson at email@example.com.
Additionally, the Board of Education is seeking a name for the new centralized performing arts center located on the campus of the Board of Education and Professional Development Center north of the city of Cumming.
Opening in late 2021, this 2-story facility will support the fine arts programs at the district’s 38 schools with much-needed performance space and serve as a location for in-county field trips. In addition to the building’s main 1,800 seat performance hall and orchestra pit that are designed to support a wide-range of programs and activities, the versatile facility will have a black box theater, rehearsal rooms that can also be used for event/meeting space, dressing and green rooms, catering kitchen and lobby with gallery space. The center will also provide diverse arts, entertainment, educational, business, and civic opportunities for Forsyth County’s 237,000 residents and surrounding communities.
The construction of this building is funded by the voter approved 2018 bond referendum. Additionally, the bond is funding interior updates to the district’s three oldest high school auditoriums.
FCS elementary and middle schools do not have auditoriums. The district’s largest elementary is more than 1,400 students and the largest middle is more than 1,500 students. The county’s six traditional high schools have auditoriums, with the newest being Denmark High School with a seating capacity of 574. FCS’ largest high school has over 2,800 students enrolled.
The school district is home to close to 50,000 students and over 6,000 staff members. In the past decade FCS’ student enrollment has grown 53 percent. By 2022, four new schools will be built, along with a large classroom addition to West Forsyth High School and a new 3-story Academies for Creative Education building next to the centralized performing arts center to house three growing non-traditional middle and high school educational programs.