Mableton replacement school to open in Fall 2020

In Fall 2020, some elementary school students in the Cobb County School District will step into a new state-of-the-art school building in Mableton.

The Cobb Board of Education voted 7-0 Jan. 17 to award the contract for the combined replacement elementary school for Clay Elementary School and Harmony Leland Elementary School to Nix-Fowler Constructors, Inc. of Mableton for $26,827,000.

“We are excited, along with the community, to see the construction start on what will be a first-class school,” said Superintendent Chris Ragsdale in a CCSD statement.

“All the additional space, technology, safety and security upgrades will help our teachers and staff better serve our students,” Ragsdale added. “We’re thankful to the Cobb community members for helping to make the new school possible by voting to approve Ed-SPLOST V.”

The new facility will feature 76 classrooms across 186,930 square feet of space.

That means the replacement school could house three schools the size of Clay Elementary School and still have room left over.

Clay covers 55,412 square feet, and Harmony Leland encompasses 65,127 square feet.

Construction for the new school, which will be located on Factory Shoals Road in Mableton, is scheduled to begin in Spring 2019 and be completed in May 2020.

Harmony Leland Elementary has served students in Cobb for almost 70 years, while Clay Elementary has educated thousands of Cobb students over about 60 years.

When Clay Elementary School’s estimated 380 students walk through the doors of the new school, about 600 Harmony Leland students will join them when the combined replacement school opens in Fall 2020.