The Cherokee County School District earlier this week held a ribbon cutting for its newest facility.
The ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the replacement E.T. Booth Middle School was held on Tuesday. The event included remarks by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo, School Board Chair Janet Read and Principal Dawn Weinbaum.
School Board Vice Chair Robert Wofford and board members Patsy Jordan, Rick Steiner and Rob Usher also attended the ceremony.
"As you all know, E.T. Booth Middle School was in great need of replacement due to its size and age," Dr. Petruzielo told the audience made up of students, parents and staff. "We deeply appreciate the support of the entire community in seeing the dream of opening a true middle school on Eagle Mountain – one that is able to accommodate students in grades 6-8 -- become reality."
The new building is a welcome addition to the Etowah zone as the old 32-year-old facility was designed to hold 600 students, half of the entire student body at the school.
While the school had a slew of portable classrooms outside the old facility, the school's hallways, restrooms, cafeteria and gym were all too small and created overcrowding conditions and scheduling challenges for school administration.
The new school not only has adequate space, but the grades 6-8 configuration also enables sixth-graders to access more advanced core classes and a wider variety of electives through connections classes that expose them to various possible career paths.
The former facility’s bricks and mortar are being recycled into a gravel base for parking areas.
The replacement facility is 223,856 square feet of space, sits on 46 acres and is already home to 1,634 students.
"We sincerely hope that parents and other stakeholders and taxpayers in the community appreciate the School District’s prudent use of fiscal resources in designing, constructing and equipping this new elementary school,” Dr. Petruzielo said. “I would certainly like to thank Principal Dawn Weinbaum, the entire E.T. Booth Middle School staff, students and parents… who have all done such a wonderful job of adjusting and adapting to the challenges and demands created by the opening of a state-of-the-art brand new school facility."