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Redesign of Forsyth Central High School ready to roll out
The most noticeable change coming to Central is that the main entrance will shift to Elm Street. - photo by For the FCN

Other projects

More than a dozen schools in Forsyth County have construction projects under way while students are out for the summer. Here are the highlights as of Thursday night:

* North Forsyth High: The Board of Education approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Forsyth County commission for improvements to the school’s Hwy. 369 entrance.

The county will make improvements to the intersection, and the school system will complete beautification projects, matching the county’s expenditures up to $250,000.

* North and South Forsyth high schools: Demolition of existing buildings, such as the gym and cafeteria, is in progress. Site work is being conducted to start new construction.

* Lambert High: Demolition and site work are in progress. Bids are out for a new contractor for the artificial turf field, which is expected to be completed by October.

* Denmark High: Designs are being worked on, including a separate entrance for buses and 851 student parking spaces with 240 staff parking spaces.

* South Forsyth and Riverwatch middle schools: Work is in progress on classroom additions.

* DeSana Middle: Foundations for the gym and cafeteria have been placed.

* Brandywine Elementary: Foundations and grading are in progress.


-- Kayla Robins

CUMMING — The oldest public high school in Forsyth County is set for a facelift.

Clark Patterson Lee presented the local board of education with design plans for construction projects at Forsyth Central High that span the campus in an effort to combine the west and east sides and unify the school’s aesthetics.

With groundbreaking starting this summer, the entire project is expected to be completed by June 2017.

The most noticeable change coming to Central is that the main entrance will be on Elm Street instead of Tribble Gap Road. The new entry will include additional parking and splayed walls on the front façade.

This will lead directly to a new cafeteria, media center and administrative suite, all of which will be built on what is currently open field space and tennis courts. It will feature glass-windowed walls to open and combine the space.

Also in this new centralized entrance will be a Bring Your Own Technology, or BYOT, area and café-style commons.

A covered walkway will connect the entry to both the west and east campuses, leaving a football-sized field in the middle.

Other additions include new choral and drama rooms on either side of the performing arts center and a field house with equipment room in between the gym, multipurpose field and stadium.

Once these additions are well under way, modifications to existing buildings will begin.

They include a special education suite and business center in the west campus.

The east campus will be home to a new STEM suite and science labs in place of the kitchen. The suite comes just after the school received state certification for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics program.

After the design was presented Thursday, the board voted 5-0 to approve Parrish Construction Group as the manager for the project.

Parrish will be paid $18.1 million for the job at Central, of which $3.2 million will be reimbursed to the school district by the state.