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Cobb to demolish Horizon High to make way for new middle school

The Cobb County School District will move ahead with demolishing Cobb Horizon High School at 1560 Joyner Avenue in Marietta. The new Pearson Middle School will be constructed in its place.
The Cobb County School District will move ahead with demolishing Cobb Horizon High School at 1560 Joyner Avenue in Marietta. The new Pearson Middle School will be constructed in its place.

A Cobb County high school will be torn down to make way for a new middle school to serve students in the Smyrna area.

As early as next week, the Cobb County School District will move ahead with demolishing Cobb Horizon High School at 1560 Joyner Avenue in Marietta, said Marc Smith, the district’s chief technology and operations officer.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of June.

School board members approved a $215,000 contract with Evergreen Construction to tear down the high school.

In the fall, Cobb Horizon students will move to a 90,000-square-foot building at the corner of Cobb Parkway and Terrell Mill Road, which the school board purchased for $5.9 million.

The school district said construction on the new Susan Todd Pearson Middle School is scheduled to be completed in time for the start of the 2021-22 school year.

The new school will relieve the student population at Griffin and Campbell middle schools, Smith said.

The middle school will cost about $37 million and construction will be funded with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Taxes. Under the contract approved by the board, Evergreen Construction will oversee the building project and will guarantee a maximum price for the work.  Any additional cost will be paid by Evergreen Construction.


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