3 APS schools saved, 7 to close | Families
ATLANTA -- In a meeting that lasted more than 12 hours and had more than 500 attendees, some chanting and carrying signs, the Atlanta school board approved a controversial redistricting plan late Tuesday night.
The board unanimously approved the plan advanced by Superintendent Erroll Davis with three amendments: to keep Towns, D.H. Stanton and F.L. Stanton elementary schools open.
Outbursts from the audience stopped the meeting twice. At one point, while the superintendent was absent, someone from the crowd yelled that Davis needed to return before they continued. The crowd began chanting "We want Davis." In a separate incident, a man who reportedly caused a commotion was escorted out by Atlanta police officers.
Before the board voted, Superintendent Davis noted that the entire process has had a positive effect because it has reawakened communities. Now, he said, it's up to the school board to take that community engagement and sustain it.
Based on the final plan, what happens to schools now?
Most will close at the end of this school year. Parks and Kennedy middle schools will remain open until the 2013-2014 school year.
Parks will be converted into a career academy in January 2015.
Capitol View Elementary School will close and students will be moved to Perkerson Elementary School.
Students at White Elementary will move to either Grove Park Elementary or Woodson Elementary.
Cook Elementary School students will be relocated to Centennial Place, Hope-Hill, Parkside and Whiteford elementary school.
East Lake Elementary School will close and students will move to Toomer Elementary.
At Kennedy Middle School, which will close at the end of 2013-2014, rising 6th graders will go to Brown Middle School for the 2012-2013 school year and rising 7th and 8th graders will remain at Kennedy through 8th grade. Kennedy will become a career academy.
Finally, after the closing of Herndon Elementary School, students will relocate to Bethune Elementary.