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System approves application for Alliance Academy funding

What will be Forsyth County’s seventh public high school took another step forward Thursday.

The Forsyth County Board of Education approved a fiscal year 2018 capital outlay application for state funding for the Alliance Academy for Innovation of Cumming-Forysth County, a workforce development college and career academy.

The application requested $13,972,824 from the Georgia Department of Education, stating $2,754,432 will be funded locally.

“Forsyth County Schools will be responsible for the additional local funding in the amount of $15,313,280 balance,” the recommendation document from Facilities Director Bill McKnight said.

The academy is projected to open in fall 2018 — at the same time as Denmark High School — off Lanier 400 Parkway in Cumming.

It may eventually enroll up to 1,200 students in grades 9-12 who will focus their class schedule on high-wage, high-demand, high-growth jobs and can earn industry certification and training.

The school system is partnering with the Technical College System of Georgia and local campuses of Lanier Technical College and the University of North Georgia as well as area businesses and community members.

Pathways expected to be offered include health care technology, hospitality and tourism, law, public safety, engineering, animal science and graphic design, among others.