Education

Some APS Students Start The School Year In Upgraded Buildings

Students at Tuskegee react to seeing their new school building on the first day of classes Monday.
Students at Tuskegee react to seeing their new school building on the first day of classes Monday.
Credit Johnathon Kelso / For WABE

Monday was the first day of the fall semester for students in the Fulton County School System and Atlanta Public Schools. Some APS students returned to new or refurbished school buildings. The district completed five major building renovations to the tune of $80 million.

Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy got a new, re-designed building. Consultants from Tuskegee University helped plan and build the space, which is centered on an aviation theme. The school’s academic focus is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Students and teachers at Beecher Hills Elementary School had to relocate for a year while the school was being refurbished. Builders expanded the school, upgraded the media and technology centers, and built a brand new gymnasium.

Harper-Archer Elementary School was also redesigned. The building was originally a high school. Then it became a middle school. Now it serves almost 750 elementary students. The outside of the building got a makeover as well as classrooms and general use areas.

The district also rehabilitated Gideons Elementary School and Hollis Innovation Academy. The schools received upgraded classrooms, equipment and technology.

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