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APS Proposes Expanding Grady High School Cluster

Sep 25, 2015

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen outlined a plan to spend a nearly $100 million to address overcrowding in the Grady High School district.

She spoke to more than 300 parents at the Inman Middle School auditorium on Thursday night.

The plan is to spend $93 million to expand Grady High School, convert Inman Middle School into an elementary school as well as build a new middle school and athletic center by 2023.

Some parents at the meeting said they were concerned about the timeline. Bret Williams has two children at Springdale Elementary. 

"I have to digest it, but it seems far in the future,” Williams said. “So it may be a good plan, but possibly vapor wear. I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for the hamburger today."

APS Superintendent Carstarphen said she hoped to have it funded through SPLOST ─ an optional local sales tax that needs voter approval.

Sharon Bray is on the Grady Local School Council.

"I'm worried about the interim ─ what happens to the children in the meantime until all of this is implemented, and I'm also worried about the SPLOST passing, so that we have the funding to do all of this and what happens if it doesn't?” Bray said.

APS hopes to get the measure on the ballot by March 2017.

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Grady Community Meeting - September 2015