Gwinnett discusses possible new schools

Gwinnett County school leaders are considering plans to build new high schools.

District administrators gave a presentation to school board members last week about the need for new high schools to relieve overcrowding at Meadowcreek and Norcross high schools. Norcross and Meadowcreek, respectively, have the second and sixth largest student populations in Georgia, according to the most recent state data. The presentation included an outline that one new school specialize in health sciences and another focus on teaching students about careers in international business, finance and law.

The presentation also outlined the possibility of additional charter, magnet or theme-based schools. They said the schools could help students explore various careers and gain credit for experiences outside the classroom. Potential drawbacks include longer transportation times and narrowing student interest at a young age, officials said in the presentation.

No timetable was discussed for when any of these potential schools would be built. Gwinnett is opening four new schools in August.