Peachcrest Elementary opens for Fall 2016

Peachcrest Elementary opens for Fall 2016

Peachcrest Elementary DeKalb County Schools

Peachcrest Elementary

Peachcrest Elementary dedication on Oct. 22, 2015

10/16/2015, 6 a.m.

Students and educators will celebrate the official opening of the sprawling new $20 million Peachcrest Elementary School in Decatur with ...

The new $20 million Peachcrest Elementary in Decatur, which welcomed 900 students on Aug. 10, will be officially dedicated on Oct. 22.

— Students and educators will celebrate the official opening of the sprawling new $20 million Peachcrest Elementary School in Decatur with a ribbon cutting on Oct. 22. Peachcrest Elementary opens for Fall 2016

The ceremony starts at 9 a.m. on the campus at 1530 Joy Lane. This replaced the old Midway Elementary School on Midway Drive.

Peachcrest welcomed 900 students to the 128,000-square-foot complex on the first day of school Aug. 10.

It is the first of the DeKalb School District’s newly built schools to open for the 2015-2016 school year.

Peachcrest, which is absorbing students from the old Knollwood and Midway elementary schools, will be followed on Nov. 30 by the new $20 million Fernbank Elementary, which is under construction at 157 Heaton Park Drive in Atlanta.

The new schools are among seven funded under the Special Local Option Sales Tax IV program.

The remaining five schools – Gresham/Clifton, Pleasantdale, Rockbridge, Smoke Rise and Austin – will be completed in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 school years.

Districtwide, there are more than 60 active construction projects totaling nearly $187 million under way.

They all are funded by the $475 million SPLOST IV, approved by voters in 2012.

Peachcrest and Fernbank have attractive brick exteriors featuring big windows that let in a lot of sunlight.

All of the new buildings will accommodate about 900 students.

The schools also have 3,250-square-foot media centers; art and music classrooms; computer, science and discovery labs; and special needs classrooms.

They also boast a 5,640-square-foot cafeteria and gyms that are 4,700 square feet in size.

While their new school is being completed, Fernbank’s students have been housed temporarily at Avondale Middle School in Avondale Estates since fall 2013 when their old facility, built in 1957, was demolished.

Kevin Polite

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