Several major changes could come to a few Gainesville City Schools, pending a vote in today’s election.
A new school in the Mundy Mill area, a renovation and addition at Centennial Arts Academy and a renovation at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy could result from an education special purpose local option sales tax left to voters Tuesday.
The Gainesville City School board discussed and approved the architects for some of these pending projects at its regular meeting Monday.
“Should tomorrow’s vote be positive, we want to be prepared and ready to hit the ground running,” Superintendent Wanda Creel said.
The school district interviewed seven architectural firms for two of the projects in question. The Mundy Mill school project was already approved to be handled by Robertson Loia Roof out of Alpharetta.
Creel said three members of the school district cabinet interviewed the firms for the Centennial and Enota projects.
Creel said the recommendation for the Centennial renovations is H. Lloyd Hill of Gainesville.
Creel said Steve Hill of H. Lloyd Hill was one of the original architects when Centennial was constructed.
She said an addition at the site will be a great asset to the campus, which already has two modular units.
The board also approved the appointment of Lindsay Pope Brayfield Clifford & Associates out of Lawrenceville for the Enota project.
Creel said it “may seem a little different” for the district to work with three different firms at once, but these appointments were appropriate for the three different projects.
“All of these firms are firms our construction manager is very familiar with working with,” she said. “The team felt very confident they were the right people to help us move forward with this.”
She added the district is looking at “an aggressive timeline” for the projects.
Finally, she reminded those present to consider voting in the election today.
“We certainly would not think to ask people to vote in a certain way, but we do want to encourage all of our faculty, staff members and all of our community members who have not participated in early voting to go with your conscience, as (Tuesday) is election day and the E-SPLOST referendum is on the ballot,” she said.