Renovation work on Booth Middle School on South Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree City is ongoing. Future plans for the school, once the new Booth opens, still includes the potential for the building to be used by colleges and universities.
Work on Phase 1 of the renovation is underway in the west wing, with Phase 2 expected next summer. Students are expected to attend classes in the new Booth on the city’s east side near the end of calendar year 2021.
Asked about future plans for Booth, Superintendent Jody Barrow said the school system has letters of intent from Southern Crescent Technical College and Clayton State University to utilize space at the old Booth campus.
“There is no signed lease agreement given that it’s a year and a half away,” Barrow said. “We’re working to design the space to accommodate the classes they want.”
Barrow noted the potential exists that other colleges or universities might also want to populate the building.
By way of background, the Fayette County Board of Education earlier this year approved the guaranteed maximum price of $11,752,415 for the renovation work to be completed in two phases. Total cost for the project, including renovation, furniture, safety and security features, architectural and engineering fees and the energy management system, totals $13.5 million.
A significant percentage of the total cost, approximately $6 million, is reimbursable by the state due to the age of the school, excluding the west wing that was built in 2002. Once reimbursed, the local cost will be approximately $7.5 million.
As for the ongoing work at the current campus, Facilities Director Mike Satterfield previously said Phase 1 includes work on the west wing such as painting, floor coverings, ceiling tiles, lights, roofing and the HVAC system. Phase 1 also includes replacing the roof on the older part of the school.
The Phase 2 portion of the project, which includes a more extensive renovation of the older portion of the school, will be done next summer, said Satterfield.