More than 50 years ago, Cobb students first walked through the doors of Brumby Elementary School and East Cobb Middle School.
Today, thanks to voter-approved Education SPLOST funds, Cobb County School District (CCSD) staff, and community members cut the ribbons on new school buildings for Brumby Elementary and East Cobb Middle.
“This moment is just so exciting for our students, parents, teachers, and the whole community! It is like a dream that has finally come true,” said East Cobb Principal Leetonia Young. “I am ecstatic that our students will have a place to be educated where they can be proud. They can show great pride in where they are and be thrilled to say that they attend East Cobb Middle School.”
East Cobb Middle School, which first opened in 1963, was originally called East Cobb Junior High. The new facility on Terrell Mill Road in Marietta has room for about 1,300 students. Adjoining the campus, Brumby Elementary will be able to serve about 1,200 students. When Brumby welcomed the school’s first students in 1966, the student population was a meager 250. As the student population ballooned, the need for space increased.
“I want to thank the Cobb County voters for voting for SPLOST,” said Dr. Amanda Richie, Brumby principal. “Without that money, we would not be able to provide facilities like this for our students. We are so very thankful. I would also like to thank the Superintendent and Board of Education for recognizing that Brumby needed a new school. Lastly, I want to thank the best faculty and staff in the whole world. It doesn’t matter where we are, we are a family.”
The new school buildings are located on the former homestead of the Hill family, who participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremonies and recounted stories of their years growing up in the area.
In addition to the former and current students in attendance, parents, members of the Cobb Board of Education, and staff members, elected officials joined the East Cobb and Brumby school communities in celebrating the opening of the new school buildings.
“I am excited for the students and families of Cobb County to have two new schools, which will serve this community well for years to come,” said State Rep. Sharon Cooper.
During the Brumby Elementary ribbon cutting, State Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick gifted the first new book for the school’s library.
“Facilities like these do not occur without cost,” Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said. “We have the new schools because of the community, the support of the community, and the high value that the community places on education in Cobb County. The community support is displayed every time we are able to open a facility like this or brag about the accolades of our students. [The community] is a member of our team, as well.”