A replacement school for King Springs Elementary School in Smyrna and a new district office for the Cobb County School District were approved 7-0 on April 24 by the Cobb County Board of Education. The cost of $53,480,000 will be funded by SPLOST V. In use since 1982, the present district office is shown here. (Courtesy of Cobb County School District)

Cobb approves 2 projects for nearly $53.5 million

For a combined $53,480,000, a new elementary school and a new central office for the Cobb County School District were approved 7-0 on April 24 by the Cobb County Board of Education.

King Springs Elementary School in Smyrna will be replaced with a new school building with a completion date for the classrooms expected to be completed by May 2020.

Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC was awarded the contract for the three-story building.

Called an Instructional Support Center, a new central office will be built for the Cobb County School District at 514 Glover St.

The existing building will receive an addition and a renovation with completion expected by February 2021.

Cooper & Company General Contractors was awarded the $21,490,000 contract.

The present central office has been occupied by the CCSD since 1982 “when we were the 60th largest school district but now the 23rd largest school district in the nation,” said Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources and Operations John Adams.

The first of two phases will be to build a three-story building followed by renovation of the existing building.

Adams reassured board member Jaha Howard that this project will not have a negative effect on renovation plans for Campbell and Pebblebrook High Schools and Campbell Middle School.

During the work sessions and evening meetings on April 24, several students and parents brought their concerns to the board members about moldy, smelly carpet and damaged flooring at Campbell Middle; rat infestations and roof replacement at Campbell Middle; limited parking at Campbell High and a limited number of restrooms and lunch lines at Campbell High and Middle.

During the work session, board member David Banks asked for Superintendent Chris Ragsdale to check these concerns and bring back a report to the board next month.

Funding for both projects will come from SPLOST V.

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