By John Schaffner

johnschaffner@reporternewspapers.net

Atlanta school officials appear to be giving new consideration to a Northside Parkway site for the location for a new North Atlanta High School campus.

Sally Silver, an aide to Dist. 7 Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook, told members of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods (BCN) Nov. 18 that  school officials finally have confirmed they “are looking at two sites.” She had spoken to Atlanta Public Schools representatives about the site selection process  during a Nov. 17 meeting of the North Atlanta Parents for Public Schools.

The Northside Parkway site, located north of I-75, is widely considered a top alternative to a 30-acre site on East Andrews Road that school officials have apparently considered a top possibility for the new school building. Locating the school at that site has drawn criticism from neighbors, who say the school will generate traffic that will jam their neighborhood streets.

At the Nov. 18 BCN meeting, Atlanta City Council member Aaron Watson indicated the site “everyone is talking about” might not be the site the school board now is considering its top choice.

Watson, a former school board member, would not say which is the board’s primary choice for a site.

Board members have refused to discuss the sites publicly, saying all discussions have been in executive sessions behind closed doors.

That has not stopped widespread community discussion of possible sites, however. Dist. 8 City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean told members of the council of neighborhoods that school system Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall has said publicly “she is sick of all the e-mails she is getting about the high school site.”

Silver and Adrean, who was speaking at the BCN meeting, said that the decision on the selected site would be made very soon.

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