New Oconee elementary school under construction

A $13 million elementary school is under construction in Oconee County.

 

Dove Creek Elementary, located at 7921 Hog Mountain Road, Statham, is named for a one-room schoolhouse of the same name that used to sit on the property. The school will address the growing student population and crowded schools in the Oconee County School System, Superintendent Jason Branch said.

The nearly 90,000-square-foot school will have 48 classrooms and will be able to accommodate 750 students. Atlanta-based Amacher Brothers Construction broke ground on the project April 11 and is slated to finish in time for the 2018-19 school year.

“Oconee County Schools’ student enrollment is growing at a rapid rate,” Branch said. “In the last 15 years, OCS’ student enrollment has grown 15 percent. This year, we project 300 new students to enter our schools in the fall.”

The rapid increase in enrollment has forced many Oconee County schools to utilize temporary accommodations.

“Dove Creek Elementary School is being built to relieve some of our most crowded schools, in order that students and staff can be situated in a permanent structure rather than in portable classrooms,” said school system Chief Operations Officer Jake Grant.

Branch said the new school fulfills an obligation to the community to keep schools small, detailed during the 2013 community strategic planning process.

“Dove Creek Elementary will help us continue to provide a world-class education with a small-town feel — something our families and students value a great deal and we believe makes Oconee County Schools special,” Branch said.

 

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