ALBANY — Much to the relief of parents across the county, Dougherty County’s 21 schools are set to open their doors to returning students on Aug. 2.
What to look for in the upcoming 2018-19 school year:
• The official opening of the Magnolia Learning Center
As part of the DCSS’s consolidation plan, the former Magnolia School was closed in 2012 and has been renovated into a learning center, which will house the county’s Pre-K, gifted and turning point programs.
When finally begun, the $6.7 million project took less than a year to complete and will move the three programs to a more centralized location within the city.
• The Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy (4CA)
The 4CA will welcome its second class into the mix, giving the school its first full cohort. Officials say the milestone will open the door for assessment of the 4CA, which is one of just 46 college and career academies statewide.
The second group of students will also boost the academy’s enrollment to close to 900 students from five counties, who attend classes in morning and afternoon shifts.
• Monroe High School Renovation
Dougherty County School Superintendent Ken Dyer said, barring unforeseen problems, the two-year, $38 million renovation of Monroe High School should be completed by the end of the year. The centerpiece of the facility will be a new state-of-the-art gymnasium.
• Wraparound Services Center
Opening in January, the DCSS facility at 722 Corn Ave. that was formerly the district’s Exceptional Students Program location, will house offices and satellite locations for partners such as Family Literacy Connection, Girls Inc., Albany Area Primary Health Care, Phoebe Network of Trust, DCSS Social Workers and Family and Community Engagement Staff, and the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce’s Strive2Thrive program.
These will be the incubator tenants in what the district envisions to be a hub for wraparound services for students and their families.
• Albany High Complex
The former Albany High School location will finish its transition to become the home for most of the district’s support offices. Tenants will include Student Records, Student Data/IT, Exceptional Students Program, Instructional Technology and more.
• Open Houses set for Monday
The district has set Monday as its open house date. The system’s 14 elementary schools will be open from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the four middle schools from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the three high schools from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Focus on Tier 1 instruction.
“We’re in the process of evolving our instructional system to include a system of instructional supports, but our focus remains on Tier 1 instruction as the foundation of student achievement,” Dyer said.