Glenn Campus wins LEED status

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School’s Glenn Campus has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Development (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

“The awarding of LEED Silver Certification … is a tremendous affirmation for all those involved in its design and construction,” said Don Sasso, the Sandy Springs private school’s assistant head of school. “The Mount Vernon board and administration were very forward-looking in the way they approached the Glenn Campus expansion project, and this award certainly confirms their foresight.”

The Glenn Campus was designed by Collins Cooper Carusi Architects and built by Winter Construction. The green features of the campus include bamboo flooring in the gymnasium, drought-tolerant ground cover and trees, a drip irrigation system, locally produced materials, and a geothermal ground loop system for heating and cooling.

Fulton school system selects future leaders

Four Sandy Springs educators are among 26 people Fulton County Schools chose as the first class of its Aspiring Leaders Program, known as Alpha.

Alpha is part of the school system’s V2 Leadership Academy, a new initiative that aims to identify and train future leaders for the school system. The first component of the initiative was the Promising Principals Program, which welcomed 27 assistant principals earlier in the school year.

The Alpha participants from Sandy Springs schools are student support team facilitator and basketball coach Jennifer Cassidy and administrative assistant Dan Sarago of Ridgeview Charter School, curriculum support teacher Arnetta Eady of High Point Elementary School, and science department chairwoman Rochelle Lofstrand of North Springs Charter High School.

“Participating in Alpha will provide opportunities to observe and interact with other leaders in Fulton County that will further prepare me to be an effective school leader for any school in the system,” said Cassidy, a Sandy Springs resident. “I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in the program and to gain additional leadership training.”

The school system received 144 applications for Alpha.

High Point invites prospective parents

High Point Elementary School will have two opportunities for parents of prospective students to meet with Principal Lisa Nash and learn about the school in early March.

Brittany Charron will host a lunch with Nash and interested parents March 6 at 11:30 a.m. Another parent will have Nash and others over for coffee March 10 at 8 a.m.

To attend either event, contact Charron at