Officials with Fulton County Schools confirmed today that they have settled on a site for the new location of Heards Ferry Elementary School.

Patrick Burke, Deputy Superintendent of Operations, said the school system has made an offer on property at 6151 Powers Ferry Road, just south of I-285. The building is owned by KBS.

Burke also said the Board of Education is considering using its powers of eminent domain to acquire the property. Burke said the owners have agreed to sell and that the use of eminent domain would put the project on a more fixed timetable.

The Board of Education has not officially voted to approve purchase of the site. The new school would relocate Heards Ferry from its current location adjacent to Riverwood International Charter School.

Burke said Fulton County Schools officials have worked closely with city of Sandy Springs officials to find a viable site and to make the site as accessible as possible as students.

“We’ve really worked hard to find the most viable option out there,” Burke said.

Under the current plan, the school’s contractor would demolish the current six story building at the site and replace with a new three story building.

The new school is scheduled to open sometime in 2015, Burke said.

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