The following is a response from Katie Reeves of the BOE to Miltonian Tara Chambers.
As a follow up to your earlier email, I wanted to let you know that we closed on the property late yesterday.
Thank you for taking the time to inquire about the site at Bethany and Cogburn. I have attached the School System press release regarding the purchase of this property. But let me take this opportunity to share someof the details of the Board's decision.
When we purchased the property on Freemanville, the site at Bethany and Cogburn was considered. At that point, given the economy of the moment, we did not have a willing seller. With the property being actively developed,it was thought not to be in the best interest of the system or its taxpayers to pursue that route.
As the Board was told the Freemanville site would be appropriate for both a middle and high school campus - both needed in Northwest Fulton - we agreed to purchase the site on Freemanville. As detailed site plans were developed, it became clear that we could not fit both a middle and highschool on the site without compromising our prototype middle school or the high school facilities. At that time, with the downturn in the economy, the Bethany/Cogburn site became available.
The Bethany/Cogburn site allows for access from two different streets - a huge plus for a high school campus. It is also in close proximity to a major highway and central to our target search area. The fact that it is one of few sewered sites large enough to accommodate a high school campus is a plus as well.
The Freemanville site will still be developed by the School System - as a middle school. After the School System develops a middle school site plan,we will examine how much of the land we truly require. As with all of our school sites, as soon as site plans are developed,community meetings will be scheduled to gather input on the sites.
Thanks again for your inquiry, I hope this answers some of your questions.