Forest Park High hosting grand re-opening April 19

School renovation ‘reconnects, renews and reestablishs’

FOREST PARK — Despite a volatile winter of extremes, workers have managed to keep to a tight construction schedule at Forest Park High.

The completed renovations are in time for the school’s grand reopening Saturday, April 19.

Contractors and subcontractors worked on weekends, inside sporadic windows of dry weather — backhoe operators, welders, roofers, electricians, masons and plumbers laboring in concert to refurbish the facility.

SPLOST-funded renovations to modernize the school are estimated to cost $21.7 million. The two-story facility dates back to the 1960s.

Mableton-based Nix-Fowler Constructors Inc. began construction in May 2012. The Manley, Spangler and Smith firm was the project architect.

School officials see the revamped spaces at 5452 Phillips Drive in Forest Park as a way to reignite school spirit in the community.

“We invite the community and all stakeholders to show their Panther Pride with us on Saturday, April 19,” said Dr. Kim Dowdy, media specialist at Forest Park.

She said the event is designed to “reconnect, renew and reestablish” the Forest Park High community. It is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Dowdy said the school, led by by Principal Derrick Manning, enjoys the distinction of being one of U.S. News and World Report’s Best High Schools 2013 as well as a High Progress Title I Reward School 2013-14.

“Experience ‘Panther Mania’ for yourselves,” she said. “We hope to see you there.”