Hood Ave. school renamed in merger

The Fayette County Board of Education last month voted unanimously to rename Hood Avenue Primary School to reflect the school’s merger with Fayetteville Intermediate School (FIS) next school year.

The combined school will be known as Fayetteville Elementary School and will be housed in the building on the west side of the campus. The building closest to Tiger Trail will be closed.

Interim Superintendent Dan Colwell said the name Hood Avenue Primary is no longer appropriate since the school will function as a K-5 school beginning in August.

It was noted that PTO members along with school administrators, the leadership teams, faculty and the student council approved the name change.

FIS is one of four Fayette County schools that will close in June as a way of saving needed dollars and to help trim approximately $15 million from school system expenses. The other schools closing in June include Fayette Middle School, Brooks Elementary School and Tyrone Elementary School.

There is the potential that students in the special education program currently being served at Rivers Elementary School on Sandy Creek Road could move to the current FIS building since Rivers has a prospective buyer.

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