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Parents urged to attend Thursday's Grady State-of-the-Cluster meeting

Atlanta Public Schools’ Superintendent Erroll B. Davis is expected to attend and discuss middle school capacity issues.

At the start of the school year, Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr. delivered a state-of-the-district address that outlined the challenges and work the system faced. Now, school principals will hold their own forums to provide an update on the state of the schools in each cluster.

APS leaders in the East cluster will discuss the academic offerings in the schools and answer questions at a Feb. 7 meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Grady High School.

One of the hot topics among parents in East Atlanta Patch, is the status of a sixth grade academy to relieve overcrowding at Inman Middle School.

Inman pulls students from Mary Lin Elementary in Candler Park and Hope-Hill Elementary in Old Fourth Ward, as well as schools in the Virginia Highland and Midtown Patchs.

In a letter sent to parents last week Davis wrote that the district continues to price out options to seek site availability.

Some past scenarios included having the sixth grade academy housed at the now-closed Cook Elementary School in Capitol Gateway, several miles away, but Davis has expressed a preference for Cook to become a teacher training laboratory.

Inman parents have expressed a desire that the sixth grade academy be as close to the main Inman campus as possible.

Davis is traveling Thursday, but he is expected to attend the meeting which is the last State of the Cluster meeting for the East cluster.

Chris H February 07, 2013 at 08:33 PM
I hear talk of of using the old Howard school in O4W as overflow for Inman. I would love to see something done with this school as my house is right next to it and it's sad to see it decaying as it is. However, the quality of that school would have to be as good as Inman is now. It is a tall order and would probably require some rezoning. O4W students and Inman Park students would probably go to this new school. I'm sure lots of hot debates on that one!
Ed Johnson February 08, 2013 at 03:19 PM
"APS leaders in the East cluster will discuss the academic offerings in the schools and answer questions at a Feb. 7 meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Grady High School." Did the program in fact include a Q&A?
Hunt Archbold February 08, 2013 at 03:41 PM
It did Ed, see some coverage here: http://patch.com/A-1KGC

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