Construction starts on $14 million, 20-classroom addition to Teasley Elementary
by Haisten Willis
June 16, 2014 04:00 AM | 3680 views | 5 5 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Above is a rendering what Teasley Elementary School will look like upon completion of the expansion. Construction began last week on the addition of 20 new classrooms, new gym and an expanded cafeteria, which will bump the overall square footage to 44,000 and increases its capacity to 812 students, up from it’s current capacity of 456.<br>Special to the MDJ
Above is a rendering what Teasley Elementary School will look like upon completion of the expansion. Construction began last week on the addition of 20 new classrooms, new gym and an expanded cafeteria, which will bump the overall square footage to 44,000 and increases its capacity to 812 students, up from it’s current capacity of 456.
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Cobb Board of Education vice chairman Randy Scamihorn stands in front of the construction at Teasley Elementary School on Sunday. Part of the multi-million dollar renovation is to replace the trailers seen in the background. ‘With the student body, there was a definite need to include the gym and the cafeteria, because what they had just currently wasn’t going to work,’ Scamihorn said.<br>Staff/C.B. Schmelter
Cobb Board of Education vice chairman Randy Scamihorn stands in front of the construction at Teasley Elementary School on Sunday. Part of the multi-million dollar renovation is to replace the trailers seen in the background. ‘With the student body, there was a definite need to include the gym and the cafeteria, because what they had just currently wasn’t going to work,’ Scamihorn said.
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SMYRNA — Construction started last week on a $14 million, 20-classroom addition for the overcrowded Teasley Elementary School.

Board of Education member Tim Stultz, who represents the area, said the project was needed because of overcrowding. Initially, the board planned for a 10-classroom addition.

“We then determined we needed to do more with 20 classrooms,” Stultz said. “We were able to put together money from SPLOST III and SPLOST IV to get a larger addition.”

Cumberland based-Balfour Beatty Construction is handling the project, which will last through July of 2015, said Henry Gomez, program manager for the district’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax department.

“There was a lot of preliminary construction taking place last year, the majority of which was sub-surface investigation,” Gomez said. “The meat and bones of the new building will take place this year and next year.”

Teasley’s capacity is 456, but the school had 733 students last year and is projected to have 750 next year. Once completed, capacity at the school will be 812, according to Gomez.

Teasley is near Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads off Spring Hill Road in Smyrna.

The 10-classroom addition would have cost about $3.1 million, but the 20-classroom expansion, along with a new gym and expanded cafeteria, increased the cost to $14 million, Gomez said.

A new gym being added to the school will measure 7,552 square feet, replacing an old gym that was 3,180 square feet.

“With the student body, there was a definite need to include the gym and the cafeteria because what they had just currently wasn’t going to work,” said Randy Scamihorn, the school board’s vice chairman.

Stultz said the school has seen steady growth over the last decade.

“It was getting very overcrowded, and I’m glad the district was able to come up with the plan,” Stultz said. “The school is pretty much landlocked, but Nick Parker (the school district’s senior executive SPLOST director) and his team came up with a plan with the necessary numbers.”

The school will grow to 44,000 square feet in total.

“We’re essentially doubling the size of the school,” Gomez said. “There will be new flooring, interior and exterior paint and some minor renovations to the media center. The existing kitchen facility is also being expanded by about 1,200 feet.”

The school currently has three trailers, but all of those will be gone once construction is finished, Gomez said.

Starting in the 2013-14 school year and lasting through the end of 2014-15, kindergarten and first grade is being held at the former Brown Elementary in Smyrna. Brown closed when the brand-new Smyrna Elementary opened last year. Brown is now being called Teasley Primary.

“Because the Teasley campus could not support any more portable classrooms, we had to get part of the student population out of Teasley in order to have construction going on and house the student body,” said Interim Superintendent Chris Ragsdale. “So what we did was we split the current Teasley Elementary and Brown.”

Gomez said the lower level of Teasley’s new three-story addition will be administrative service space, while the second and third level will be classrooms.

When finished, the school will be three stories tall, with a new visitor parking lot and new entrance off Spring Hill Parkway, Gomez said.

The addition is being built into the land in such a way that students will be able to exit the first and second floors at ground level.

Phase two starts the first week of July. Gomez said that phase entails more foundation walls and renovation in the existing school building. The third and final stage starts the first week of August and it consists of building the three-story addition.

Stultz hopes it keeps the school in great shape for years to come.

“Teasley is a high-performing school, and people are moving into that part of the county, which was shown from the demographic study we saw last Wednesday,” Stultz said. “The population is exploding down there. The expansion needed to be done.”

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July 01, 2014
We need to enforce code, and make it difficult for slum landlords to exist in this area. Their was a day when the apartments were luxury adult only, and the children at Teasley lived in the $400k to $10m houses in the district that actually pay the taxes.

They need to make sure that everyone who attends lives in the districts. I saw a lot of mothers with Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, tags pick up their kids for months. I told principal Roblee and she did nothing. I told her the law was you had to chNge your tags within a month of moving to GA. So either their line jumping, or their cheating the state and Cobb county out of tag fees. Now it is a huge 6% tax on the value of your car when you move into the state. These apartment dwellers at least need to pay that.
Cobb School Advocate
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June 16, 2014
The apartment developers need to pay a high tax for their impacts on neighborhood schools - what a burden and challenge ? Maybe all of the 15M to take care of their rentors at Teasley.
Ben Twomey
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June 16, 2014
I hope we have procedures in place to assure that illegal immigrant labor is not used on this project.

Sheriff Warren, are you paying attention, sir?
Wowzers!!!!
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June 16, 2014
But can't give Harmony Leland the space they need for educating south side kids. Wow Cobb!!!!
Beverly Hall
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June 16, 2014
Why would 1/3 of the school be devoted to bureaucracy?

When I was in school, about 1/20th was.

No wonder Johnny can't read.
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