Category: Education

Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber accepting scholarship applications

The Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its scholarships awarded to female high school students. The scholarships are awarded to female high school seniors in Sandy Springs. Two students from Riverwood International Charter School and two from North Springs Charter High School will receive $2,500 scholarships. The scholarships are awarded through the SSPC’s Donna Adams Mahaffey Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2015 with the goal of inspiring female graduates to attend college, according to the chamber’s website. For more information or to apply, visit...

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Proposal to save money on Riverwood school rebuild gets mixed reaction

  Residents had a mixed response to the proposed changes in the Riverwood International Charter School reconstruction project at a Feb. 13 community meeting. While some thanked the Fulton County School System for shaving costs, others lamented features that would be lost. The district is proposing to renovate the auditorium and performing arts spaces instead of rebuilding them to save money on the already over-budget project. The physical education spaces, including the gym, would be identical to the approved design, but reoriented. School system officials discussed the project at Board of Education member Gail Dean’s monthly community meeting, which...

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Pace Academy’s new Lower School building gets NPU-A approval

Pace Academy’s plan to replace the Lower School building on its Buckhead campus is heading for city review with an approval recommendation from NPU-A. The approval for the change at the 966 West Paces Ferry Road campus came after the private school agreed to drop a controversial plan to build a new natatorium as well, according to NPU-A chair Brink Dickerson. Pace spokesperson Caitlin Goodrich Jones declined to discuss detailed plans or long-term campus plans pending city approvals of the Lower School project. The current plan would replace the existing Randall Building, which dates to 1951, with a new...

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Riverwood school building may be reused, renovated to reduce costs

A proposed change to the Riverwood International Charter School design would renovate instead of replace the auditorium and performing arts spaces to reduce costs for the over-budget project, the Fulton County School System explained at a Feb. 12 meeting. The new design, if approved, still would go an estimated $3.8 million over budget rather than $14.6 million for the current design. The approved budget for the entire project is $102.9 million. The proposed changes were briefly described at the Board of Education’s Feb. 12 non-voting work session. The board is scheduled to vote on the proposal later this month...

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At anti-Semitic bullying forum, expert panel offers advice, urges reporting

Over 100 parents, students and teachers attended a Feb. 10 forum on anti-Semitic bullying to question an expert panel put together days after a swastika was painted on a Roswell high school, rattling the north metro Jewish community. Local school officials said at the Sandy Springs event they have “strict” punishments and protocols for bullying and harassment and encouraged students to report it immediately. And a state representative said he is hopeful this legislative session will bring the passage of a hate crimes bill that could help reduce such incidents. “Anytime something comes up, you need to say something,”...

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Smaller Riverwood school building proposed as construction cost skyrockets

Fulton Schools is proposing a smaller building for the new Riverwood International Charter School in Sandy Springs after revealing the current design would go more than $10 million dollars over the budget. The new design, if approved, still would go an estimated $3.8 million over budget rather than $14.6 million for the current design. The approved budget for the entire project is $102.9 million. The new plan would build a smaller school and renovate rather than replace the existing auditorium, according to a summary of the proposal. It is not clear how much smaller the school would be.  ...

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Temple Sinai Preschool to reopen with renovated classrooms

Sandy Springs’ Temple Sinai Preschool announced registration is open for next year and the school will reopen with renovated classrooms and outdoor spaces in August. The school will have a brand new playground and modular, flexible furniture and equipment to allow for different learning styles, the school said. Programs are available for children 12 months old through pre-K. For more information or to register a child for Temple Sinai Preschool, visit templesinaipreschool.org or call at...

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Holy Spirit swim team wins championship

Holy Spirit Preparatory School’s varsity boys swim team took first place at the Jan. 26 Georgia Independent School Association’s competition, defending their 2018 state championship title. “We couldn’t have done it without the whole team,” senior Conner McKittrick said in a press release. The team, coached by Star Brackin, included William Arnold, Luke Farris, Jackson Lehmann, Adam Marshall, Gavin Marshall, Conner McKittrick, Luke Oliver, Hector Padilla, Will Stinnett and Jacob Wilhelm, according to the...

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School safety legislation is filed

School safety legislation has already been filed based on recommendations from a study committee several local lawmakers served on last year. “The School Safety Study Committee was one of – if not the most – impactful and important study committees that I have been a part of,” state Sen. John Albers, a Republican who represents part of Sandy Springs and who chaired the study committee, said in a press release. “The issues discussed and testimonies heard were not just a way of procedure, rather, words that were turned into action through the pieces of legislation filed.” One piece of...

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Brookhaven elementary school redistricting plan passes

Hundreds of Brookhaven students will change schools next year under a redistricting plan approved Feb. 4 by the DeKalb County Board of Education. The plan will fill the new John Robert Lewis Elementary School by drawing students from such nearby elementary schools as Fernbank, Woodward, Montclair and Ashford Park.  Named for the congressman and civil rights leader, Lewis Elementary is currently operating in a temporary location on North Druid Hills Road and will open in a new building on Skyland Drive in August 2019. DeKalb County Schools officials presented redistricting options to parents and residents during three public meetings...

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Group to host town hall on anti-Semitic bullying in schools

The Atlanta Initiative Against Anti-Semitism has announced a community town hall to discuss schools’ responses to anti-Semitic bullying incidents. The free, public event will be held Feb. 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 1580 Spalding Drive in Sandy Springs. The principal of North Springs Charter High School, Rep. Josh McLaurin and representatives from groups like the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Anti-Defamation League and Georgia Commission on the Holocaust will address parent and community members’ questions and concerns. The event will address recent anti-Semitic vandalism reported at Centennial High School in Roswell and the rising rate of incidents nationwide, the grassroots group founded by Dunwoody-area mothers said in...

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Standout Student: Author Ruby Mundell of Davis Academy

Ruby Mundell started off her fifth-grade school year by publishing her own book. Mundell, a student at The Davis Academy in Sandy Springs, had spent a year writing and editing the book, titled “Kindness Come In.” Ruby wrote the book to help cope with the loss of her father at a young age, a diagnosis of dyslexia and social challenges. The book includes tips for both adults and children facing difficult times, illustrations and personal stories. Ruby said writing has become an avenue for her to express her feelings and find relief from some of her own hardships. Ruby...

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