Atlanta Public Schools will close two elementary schools as part of an effort to restructure the system, address declining enrollment and cut costs, according to a report from the AJC.

The Atlanta Board of Education voted 7-2 on Monday to approve Superintendent Meria Carstarphen’s recommendations, which will close Whitefoord Elementary School and Adamsville Primary School. The plan also restructures Miles Intermediate School into a PreK-5 school.

Carstarphen said Whitefoord, located in the Edgewood community, is only at 48 percent capacity, while Adamsville, located just outside I-285 on the southwest side of the city, is at 58 percent. Teachers at both schools will be required to reapply for positions at other schools.

Nearly 40 parents and concerned citizens spoke during public comment, asking the board to reconsider the plan.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

2 replies on “Report: APS to close two elementary schools”

  1. I’m curious, as I was out of town this week during the vote, why the Benteen/Stanton merger was taken off the plate? When I was at the community meetings at both Whitefoord and Benteen over the past couple of weeks, it appeared that both were done deals. Curious why the change in plans?

  2. I’m curious, as I was out of town this week during the vote, why the Benteen/Stanton merger was taken off the plate? When I was at the community meetings at both Whitefoord and Benteen over the past couple of weeks, it appeared that both were done deals. Curious why the change in plans?

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