Smiles and shovels signaled a major step into the future for the Brumby Elementary and East Cobb Middle School communities.
A recent groundbreaking ceremony marked the formal celebration of the construction now underway to replace both facilities on land in the 800 block of Terrell Mill Road Southeast.
“It has been a long time coming,” said Cobb County School District Superintendent Chris Ragsdale.
Both school buildings are among the oldest in the district.
The Brumby facility, which turns 50 this year, was originally built as a round structure and has undergone several expansions.
East Cobb Middle is three years older than Brumby and started out as East Cobb Junior High.
“The old school was built in 1963 and has had about 70,000 kids come through (over the years),” said Jeff McCoy, Chairman of the School Council at East Cobb Middle School.
“I went to both Brumby and East Cobb Middle and I have a child who is at East Cobb now. The school looks just like it did when I was there in the early 80s. It’s a building that is worn out,” said Kristy Flowers, President of the East Cobb County Council PTA
Flowers and two other former East Cobb Middle students who are now parents grabbed shovels and joined in on the groundbreaking ceremony.
“It is a fantastic day. It is an awesome day for East Cobb Middle School and Brumby Elementary. Both of those schools have been in long need of being replaced,” said Scott Sweeney, Cobb County School Board Member for Post Six.
Both schools will be built on the 35.6 acre site with money from Education SPLOST IV – the one-cent sales tax approved in 2013 to fund capital improvements for education in the district.
“We are so grateful to the voters and the community for approving SPLOST IV. The best part is some of the money to fund this project is paid by people who come to our district to shop and take advantage of our entertainment venues,” said Ragsdale.
“The (current) building kind of looks a little rundown, but this new facility might be great for teaching, and we’ll have newer stuff and new equipment,” said Zach Marino, 11.
Several sixth grade students who attended the groundbreaking look forward to being among the first to attend the new East Cobb Middle when it opens in 2018.