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BOE drawing attendance lines for new school

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Clayton County school officials will hear from parents this week about redistricting plans aimed at establishing attendance lines for the county's new "High School No. 9," which opens later this year.

The first of three public meetings to discuss the attendance boundaries for the new high school will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m., at Riverdale Elementary School, at 6630 Camp St., Riverdale. Two more meetings will be held Thursday, one in the morning, and another at night.

The meetings on Thursday will be held at 11 a.m., and 6:30 p.m., at the school system's central administration complex, located at 1058 Fifth Ave., Jonesboro.

The new high school, which will be located behind Southern Regional Medical Center, will have only freshmen and sophomores its first year. Eleventh- and twelfth-graders will be added one year at a time as the initial students progress in their academic careers.

The school's attendance zone will be in the northwestern portion of the county. Proposed attendance-zone maps were presented to the school board on Feb. 23. The general attendance area for the new high school includes parts of existing attendance zones for Jonesboro, Morrow, North Clayton, and Riverdale high schools.

The preliminary boundary for the new school showed it taking the western portion of Morrow's attendance zone, with the eastern border falling somewhere between Tara Boulevard and South Lake Mall. It also takes away the southern portion of North Clayton's attendance zone, stretching to the Clayton County-Fayette County line in the west.

Interstate 75 is the northern boundary for the school, and the northwest corner of Jonesboro's attendance zone, and the northeast portion of Riverdale's zone comprise the southern border. According to the maps, the southern boundary would be a few blocks from Riverdale High School.

"Maps of the proposed zone, and lists of addresses affected by the proposed zones, will be available for inspection by the public" during the meetings, said School System Spokesman Charles White, in a written statement.

High School No. 9 will house 1,850 students, once all four grade levels are in place. The building has five wings, one for each grade level, and another for the band, orchestra and chorus programs.

It will also have an extra health-occupation lab to take advantage of the resources provided by Southern Regional Medical Center.

Ninth-graders will be in a freshman academy, according to school officials, and will have their own cafeteria.