Merger – Super recommends combining Coan, King

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 13, 2014
Coan Middle School. Photo by: Dan Whisenhunt

Coan Middle School. Photo by: Dan Whisenhunt

UPDATED on April 14: A spokeswoman for Atlanta Public Schools just sent word that this had been pulled from the meeting agenda. Decaturish will update this story when more information is available.

One of outgoing Superintendent Erroll Davis’ final actions will be to recommend combining Coan and King Middle School.

The Board of Education will meet April 14 for its regular meeting. There will also be a special legislative meeting to vote on hiring Davis’ replacement, Meria Carstarphen of Austin, Texas.

Details of the recommendation won’t be a surprise to parents who attended a recent public input meeting. Davis published his proposal in the form of a survey that went out to parents earlier this month.

Under Davis’ proposal, Coan and King Middle would be combined at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Students in the new middle school would attend classes at the Coan campus for one to two years while King Middle undergoes a $10 to $20 million renovation. Students in the new middle school would attend classes at the Coan campus for one to two years while King Middle undergoes a $10 to $20 million renovation. Starting in July 2014 the middle and high school principals in the Jackson High cluster would hold a six-month discussion about the future of middle school education within the cluster.

Click here to read Davis’ full recommendation.

The Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 14, starts with a work session at 2 pm. The board meets at 130 Trinity Avenue, SW, Atlanta, GA. The community meeting starts at 6 pm and the legislative meeting starts at 7 pm.

UPDATE 4/14: The special legislative meeting started at 11:45 am and board members are expected to vote on the hiring of a new APS superintendent later this afternoon.

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  • CindyM

    Any info on this getting removed from today’s agenda for the board meeting?

    • We are double checking, but as of right now, we believe it is still on the agenda. We will update if that changes.

  • Chris Billingsley

    Thanks Dan. Normally I don’t spend much time on ATL schools but wanted to give a shout out to the Coan school. I’ve spent a lot of time driving through the Kirkwood/Hosea Williams neighborhoods and think the Coan facility, ajacent to a beautiful cemetery and located on the outskirts of the Kirkwood renaissance, would be a fabulous K-8 charter school. But it must be freed from the City of Atlanta school nightmare is some way, maybe as a semi independent charter school. With an incoming super with a history of supporting charter schools, and the possibility of a future Democratic or Republican state school superintendent who feels the same way, it’s a possibility.

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