Fulton County Schools is moving forward with a plan to build a new North Springs High School.
The school system plans to hire Buckhead-based Collins Cooper Carusi Architects to perform pre-design services for the new school project.
“Due to the complexities of building this type of new facility on an active school site, district staff anticipates the need to begin these pre-design services as soon as possible,” Noel Maloof, chief operations officer for Fulton County Schools, told the Fulton school board during their Sept. 21 work session.
Collins Cooper Cruzi has agreed to perform pre-design services for $30,000, Maloof said.
He added that if voters approve an ESPLOST extension at the upcoming Nov. 2 election, it would be important to start engaging the community as part of the pre-design and due diligence. That’s because the tax revenue would be a major funding source for the school construction.
“I know that the community will be very excited about getting this underway,” Board President Julia Bernath said.
North Springs, located at 7447 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, was built in 1963, making it one of the oldest schools in the Fulton school district.
Originally, a renovation and addition was planned for North Springs as part of the 2022 capital plan, Maloof said. But this summer, the school system revised those plans, instead deciding to go forward with a new school facility as part of the 2027 capital plan.
School board member Katie Reeves said they need to consider that the current enrollment of North Springs is under 1,400 students and projections show that number won’t increase.
“Before we get too far along on design thinking on this, we have to really contemplate what it is we’re going to do there,” she said.
Maloof said the pre-design work will help the board have that conversation.