“Clayton is kind of behind the ball when it comes to a college and career academy,” he said. “Every school system has one, so it’s my commitment Clayton will also be a district of high performance. It’s time for Clayton to come into the 21st century and ensure that our surrounding school systems are not providing their students opportunities that we are not.”
Clayton Schools has partnered with Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance, a business group focusing on promoting economic development around Hartsfield, to expose students to available options after graduation.
Other selling points, Beasley believes, will be construction of an arena at a new Morrow High School and more access to technology.
The new Morrow High will give Clayton something it currently doesn’t have: space for graduation ceremonies.
“We always rent venues for our graduations,” he said. “Through this referendum we’re going to have a 6,000-seat arena that allows us to not just have competitive sporting events, but to host our graduations from here on out.”
The district also will use part of the money to purchase Chromebooks. Clayton recently launched an effort to ensure every student has access to the laptop computers by 2022, starting with 1,000 of the devices handed out this school year, Beasley said.
“The continued implementation of that initiative is predicated on funds from SPLOST,” he said.
By the numbers:
55,000 — Number of students in Clayton Schools district
$280 million — Amount Clayton Schools district is seeking in referendum
3 — New schools in latest SPLOST request
March 19 — Date of Clayton referendum