New middle school means new school zones

MIDLAND, GA (WXTX) - Packed hallways will soon be a thing of the past at middle schools in north Columbus.  Thanks to the new $19 million middle school that will open its doors in 2013.

School Board members and city leaders broke ground on the new school Wednesday.

"We want to have enough schools rooms for those middle school students to attend, so this will help ease the crowding in some of our other north Columbus middle schools," Andrews said.

Currently there are four middle school in North Columbus.  As of December 20, 2011 Blackmon Road Middle School reported 852 students with a 775 capacity Double Churches Middle School reported 430 students with a 650 capacity, Midland Middle reported 734 students with a 875 capacity, and Veterans Memorial has 678 students with a 650 capacity.

Muscogee County Superintendent Susan Andrews told News Leader 9 that the district has projected that more than 900 students will attend the new middle school over the next 10 years.

One of those children will likely be Lynn Wright's 8 year-old daughter who currently attends Matthews Elementary School.  Wright says the new school will be beneficial to the parents and students in the Midland area.

"It makes it convenient getting them to school and makes us more focused on what's going on in our child's school as well," Wright said.

"We've had so much growth in this area os course so many families moving out this way as you drive down the road of course we need the facilities and infrastructure to support those families," Teresa Tomlinson said.

The new middle school 6 will have over 40 classrooms with interactive smart boards. As for redistricting, Susan Andrews says a number of forums will have to happen before the new zones are created.

She did say that it would have to been finished before students are assigned to the new school.

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