Every school should get something from the approximately $1.3 million in improvements coming to the Athens city schools this summer, an official said.

"We will try to make it so every school gets something this summer," said Athens City Schools Chief School Financial Officer Serena Owsley.

The former Athens Middle School campus on Forrest Street will be repainted inside in preparation for the incoming students from iAcademy at Athens Elementary School. iAcademy students will stay there for the next 2 1/2 years while the old elementary school is razed and a new one is built at the same site at 515 N. Madison St., Owsley said.

Demolition won't even begin until after Oct. 1, she said. The entire new school is expected to cost $13 million.

The move to the old middle school is about 75% complete. A lot of interior painting has been done on the north end of the former AMS campus, but there is still a little painting left to be done, Owsley said.

Workers have been putting up some new walls in the office to adapt the space for what is needed, she said. Other maintenance is also underway.

New roofs are coming to HEART Academy at Julian Newman Elementary School, the new Athens Middle School on U.S. 31 (formerly Athens High School) and SPARK Academy at Cowart Elementary School. The middle school roof will just be a repair, Owsley noted.

"We hope to start the other two school roofs by June 17," she said.

Parking lots will be resurfaced and re-striped at three locations: FAME Academy at Brookhill Elementary School, SPARK Academy and possibly the Central Office.

"That is the plan, anyway," Owsley said.

The school will also be doing maintenance on restrooms at various schools, though she could not yet list those.

Athens High School is getting artificial turf on its football field this summer. That project, expected to cost $812,000, is already well underway.


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