Update on proposed Lanier Cluster
|Update on proposed Lanier Cluster|
During a recent Board meeting, the Superintendent and Board members discussed plans for the new Lanier Cluster, one of the new clusters proposed in "The Plan," which addresses the system’s building program from 2007 to 2014. Work is already underway to ensure new schools open as quickly and efficiently as possible. As a result, some of the preliminary work in the Lanier Cluster will involve students and families in the North Gwinnett area before the new Lanier Cluster is established. For example, soon the redistricting process and school naming process will begin. In addition, there will be some other changes unique to this area of the county.
-- During the Fall of 2007, the Board of Education will begin the redistricting process for new schools and clusters in "The Plan." This phase will include drawing lines to divide the future Lanier Cluster and the North Gwinnett Cluster. The system’s redistricting process includes opportunities for community input.
-- Lanier High, which will anchor the new cluster, is scheduled to open in 2010. That facility will result from the renovation and expansion of the current Lanier Middle facility, located on Buford Highway. In order to complete the transformation from middle to high school, the system will need to begin those renovations about two years prior to the school opening.
-- As part of "The Plan," the school system will open a campus on Suwanee Dam Road in August 2008 that includes a new elementary and middle school. These two schools, which will serve the new Lanier Cluster once it is established, will serve as the home for all Lanier Middle students in 2008. In essence, Lanier Middle is moving to a new location in 2008 and is taking all of its students with it. For that one school year (2008-09), the 6th grade will be housed in the new elementary facility and 7th and 8th graders will be housed in the new middle school building.
-- To decrease confusion with the move in 2008, the Lanier Middle name will transfer to the new middle school facility located on Suwanee Dam Road. (The name for the elementary school will go through the system's traditional naming procedure.)
-- In 2009, the new middle school in the North Gwinnett Cluster will open. At that time, middle school students living in the redistricted North Gwinnett Cluster will move to that new school. Students zoned to the new Lanier Cluster will stay at the new Lanier Middle campus on Suwanee Dam Road.In addition, the Lanier Cluster elementary school, which will have housed 6th graders the previous year, will open under its new name.
-- In 2010, the new Lanier Cluster will be established with the opening of the new Lanier High.