Atlanta Public Schools has unveiled three newly renovated school renovation projects using E-SPLOST (Educational Special Local Option Sales Tax) funds.

Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring cut the ribbon at the Atlanta College and Career Academy (ACCA), Hutchinson Elementary School and Humphries Elementary School.

“It’s a testament of what is great about Atlanta Public Schools, and the greatness that comes out of it in our scholars, in our alums and in the APS legacy,” Dr. Herring told reporters.

The $8.4 million ACCA project, converted the former Parks Middle School into the Dr. Michael S. Maze campus of the Career Academy. The new Maze campus includes a refurbished media center and an aviation and automotive repair lab.

ACCA is not a traditional high school, instead students can enroll for a half day morning or afternoon program while they remain enrolled in their local high school.

There are 12 career programs offered that a student can choose from ranging from HVAC to Culinary Arts to Cybersecurity. Students can also choose from two technical certificate programs. The Infant Childcare Specialist certificate is a one year program and the Early College Essentials is a two year program.

The Hutchinson Elementary project was also an $8.4 million renovation project. The building was upgraded to expand access in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, a new STEM lab and upgrades to safety and transportation facilities.

APS invested $10.7 million into the refurbishment of Humphries Elementary including a new framing for the school building and a new STEM lab. The old media center was converted to more classroom space and the auditorium was converted into a new media center.

The E-SPLOST funding for these projects was approved by Atlanta voters in 2016 and is set to expire in June 2022. Fulton and DeKalb County voters will have the option to renew the E-SPLOST at the ballot box on November 2.


The newly renovated Humphries Elementary School (Photo Credit: Madeline Thigpen)

Madeline Thigpen is an education reporter and Report for America Corps Member. She joined the Atlanta Voice in 2021. At the Voice she covers K-12 education for the Atlanta metro region and higher education....