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Forsyth County school district breaks ground on $96M in projects
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School officials and guests participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for Hendricks Middle School on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. The county's next middle school is scheduled to open in 2021 off Hyde Road. - photo by Ben Hendren

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, school officials held groundbreaking ceremonies for Hendricks Middle School and the Forsyth County Arts and Learning Center (FOCAL Center) and nearby Academy for Creative Education (ACE).

Located off Hyde Road, Hendricks Middle School is scheduled to open in 2020 and alleviate overcrowding at Liberty, Otwell and Vickery Creek middle schools. The 216,000-square-foot building will accommodate 1,500 students and cost $40,639,536.

The FOCAL Center and Academy for Creative Education will be located behind the Forsyth County Board of Education headquarters off Dahlonega Highway.

The FOCAL Center will be the school district’s central performing arts facility. Plans call for an 1,800-seat main theater, black box theatre, concessions, dressing rooms and storage.

The new Academy for Creative Education will house the system’s alternative learning programs: Gateway Academy, Forsyth Academy and Forsyth Virtual Academy.

FOCAL Center is expected to be mostly complete by winter 2021, while ACE is slated to be mostly complete by April 2021 and ready for 2021-22 school year.

The buildings will cost $55,628,250.
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Forsyth County Schools officials and guests participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Forsyth County Arts and Learning Center and Academy of Creative Education on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. The buildings will be located behind the Forsyth County Board of Education building off Dahlonega Highway and are expected to be mostly complete in late 2021. - photo by Ben Hendren