Atlanta Public Schools to discuss Inman site plan at meeting today

Atlanta Public Schools will hold a meeting today to go over a proposal to open a fourth and fifth grade academy to serve students living in and around Midtown.

The virtual meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Participants can register online to attend.

Some parents have pushed back on Superintendent Lisa Herring’s recommendation, released late last month, to create an upper-elementary school at the site of the former Inman Middle School in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood.

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The new school would serve fourth and fifth graders who currently attend Hope-Hill, Mary Lin, Morningside and Springdale Park elementary schools. Those four schools, which currently serve students through the fifth grade, would be capped at the third grade.

APS officials have been studying what to do with the old middle school site and also how to ease overcrowding at several surrounding elementary schools.

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More than 600 people have signed an online petition asking Herring “to retract her recommendation” to open the upper-elementary school.

Today’s meeting is part of the district’s public engagement effort before the recommendation heads to the school board for a potential vote in December.

In 2020, the district replaced Inman Middle School with David T. Howard Middle School, which opened after a $52 million renovation. The Inman campus is being used temporarily to house students from Morningside Elementary while that school undergoes its own renovation.

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