Community meeting on old AMS Jan. 17
by Mark Andrews
Jan 09, 2014 | 1131 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartow County Public Schools is inviting Adairsville alumni and community members to a discussion regarding the use of the old Adairsville Middle School property on Friday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. at the old AMS gym. The Bartow County Board of Education approved the demolition of the decades-old building in 2013, which has served elementary, middle and high school students.

“We wanted to meet with the community and give them the view of what [a future Adairsville Elementary School] is going to look like on that campus, that’s one of the primary initiatives. One of the other initiatives is to let the alumni that attended that school have the opportunity to walk through it one more time,” Superintendent John Harper said, adding commemorative bricks from the building will be available. “... One of the things I’ve been told by that community is they want a school to remain in downtown Adairsville and there really isn’t property to do that there except on [the old AMS campus]. As schools get old and sit there, they become an eyesore to the community, and working with the mayor of Adairsville, he certainly supports us doing something with that space and to make sure we don’t have an eyesore sitting there on that property in Adairsville.”

Harper said an artists’ rendering of a new AMS will be available for view, and if voters approve a fifth Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, construction on a new facility will begin after 2017.

“Certainly I would hope the community would support a SPLOST V to continue to keep our buses upgraded and keep our technology in place and certainly build a new Adairsville Elementary School and continue to do the upgrading at the other schools as we need that ...,” Harper said.

He said the community is encouraged to engage in discussion regarding the use of the property, which has served as a community staple in Adairsville.

“Any time you make the decision to close a school or keep [a school] open, some people get happy about that, some people don’t, but there are a lot of concerns about why we would tear that building down as opposed leaving it to stand,” Harper said. “I think the only thing we’ve got to do is look at old Pine Log [Elementary School], even though somebody had bought that, if people are to go to that today it’s an embarrassment to the Pine Log community because it is in a decaying situation and that’s not what we’re desiring as a school system as a partner with the Adairsville [community].

“I live there, I’m very proud of the community, and I think it’s important that we continue to support the community and their desire to have a school in the city and those are the kind of conversations we’re going to have with [community members].”