The Fulton County Board of Education announced Wednesday that they would be moving the school district's central office from its current location in south Fulton County to a new location in north Fulton County.
At its 15 October meeting, the school board voted to purchase and renovate two office buildings to house the majority of the school system’s instructional and support personnel. One of the office buildings to be purchased, located at 6201 Powers Ferry Road in Sandy Springs, will become the new headquarters for the Fulton County School System.
The vote was split along regional lines, with five Board members from north Fulton (Linda Schultz, Julia Bernath, Gail Dean, Linda McCain, and Katie Reeves) voting yes and the two Board members from south Fulton (Linda Bryant and Catherine Maddox) voting no.
Currently, Fulton County School System support functions are located throughout the county. The School Board plans to close six of the oldest facilities and consolidate them into three locations – one in Central Fulton, one in North Fulton, and one in South Fulton.
"Since I joined the Fulton County School System, I’ve been examining how our central office operates, how it could provide more support to schools and how it could be more efficient,” said Superintendent Robert Avossa. “Consolidating our support centers will provide greater service to students and the money saved in operational costs will benefit our taxpayers. These savings can be redirected to the classroom and invested into student learning.”
A news release from the Fulton County School System explains the reasoning behind relocating the district's central office to north Fulton County:
In the late 1950s, when the current Administrative Center opened in southwest Atlanta in a renovated office building, Fulton’s student population base was mostly located in South Fulton. The location was considered the geographic center of the district’s student population. However, due to growth in North Fulton, data from the 2010 Census shows that Sandy Springs is now the district’s student population center.
The Sandy Springs office building that will become the Fulton County School System's new headquarters is being purchased for the price of $8,553,426.
Pending the final sale of the Sandy Springs properties, which is expected later this month, departments and staff will begin transitioning into their new buildings by September 2014. Moves will occur gradually over a series of months so that service to students and schools is not negatively impacted. All moves are expected to be complete by June 2015.