The Coweta County School System has concluded four of its five planned “community conversations” with parents and citizens to discuss future school growth. The final meeting will be held at East Coweta Middle School.
School system spokesman Dean Jackson the meetings included the presentation of data pertaining to the current and anticipated future growth trends in Coweta schools. School system officials also solicited ideas about how best to meet the needs of enrollment growth and facilities planning.
Above, Coweta County parents attend a “Community Conversation” meeting to discuss future school system growth. Photo/Submitted.
The meetings were facilitated by the consulting group Education Planners, LLC. The group’s public presentation and collected data can be found on the school system’s website at www.cowetaschools.net
James Wilson of Education Planners outlined several local data trends that indicate increased student enrollment growth in county schools. He also noted for attendees that Coweta County’s growth is projected by the Atlanta Regional Commission to increase by nearly 100,000 residents by 2040, with an attendant impact on Coweta County schools, Jackson.
“Attendees at the meetings have discussed a number of possible approaches to meeting the needs of school growth, including new school construction, school additions, attendance districts and several innovative recommendations,” said Jackson.
Jackson said Education Planners has been tasked by the school system with developing data for school enrollment projections, current housing and population trends, school facility assessments available acreage, site plans, assessing school feeder patterns and comparing Coweta County to similar districts and schools.
The Community Conversations are intended to share findings, and to gather community input and suggestions to develop recommendations for facilities planning to the superintendent and the Coweta County Board of Education, said Jackson.
For an overview of school system growth visit http://cowetaschools.net/images/2017/School_Growth_Community_Conversation_Presentation_2017.pdf.
For a deeper look at community and school growth data and school-by-school statistics visit http://cowetaschools.net/images/2017/School_Growth_Education_Planners_Data_by_School.pdf.
The final meeting will be held in the cafeteria at East Coweta Middle School, 6291 Ga. Highway 16, just west of Senoia, on Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m.