Plans for merged King Middle School include Chinese instruction, renovated building

By: Leslie Rivera, Communications Officer

The Atlanta School Board of Education approved the closing of Sammye E. Coan Middle School during their June meeting and the vote paved the way for improved middle grades education in the Maynard H. Jackson High School cluster.

Coan students will merge with Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School for the 2014-15 school year as part of the new school attendance zone for King Middle School.

See the map with new boundaries here.

King Middle School now becomes the sole feeder middle school to the newly renovated Maynard H. Jackson High School. The larger enrollment will mean additional staffing and greater opportunities for activities including sports, clubs, band, chorus and orchestra.

Superintendent Erroll B. Davis announced in June that additional resources have already been designated to King for foreign language study in Spanish, French and Chinese as well as in the performing arts.

Students of the newly formed middle school will be located at the original Sammye E. Coan Middle School facility for two years while the Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School campus is renovated. The physical transition of moving texts and equipment is already underway in preparation for the first day of school August 4, 2014.

The renovated King Middle School campus  is expected to be ready for students for the 2016-17 school year.

This summer, students, parents and partners are invited to come together for the King Middle School Summer Festival. The three-day event will take place July 22 – 24 at the school’s temporary location at 1550 Hosea Williams Drive, NE. View details here.

Three teams have been created to oversee the transition. A community transition team consists of parent, neighborhood schools and partnership representatives from all 10 schools in the Jackson cluster.

District representatives in areas ranging from curriculum and finance to security, communications, facilities and transportation will continue meeting weekly until the beginning of the school year.

The executive transition team includes King Middle School principal Paul Brown, former Coan Middle School principal Betsy Bockman and East Region Executive Director David White.

“Community members and board members are committed to getting this right.” Superintendent Davis stressed. “The ultimate goal is to create a pre-eminent middle school for the students and parents of the Jackson cluster”

Parents and students can learn more about the transition by visiting the APS website here:

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