Brumby Elementary and East Cobb Middle Schools will have their grand openings on July 31. Residents can tour the new buildings starting at 9 a.m. for ECMS and 9:30 for Brumby. The schools have adjacent campuses at 815 and 825 Terrell Mill Road.
Cobb County taxpayers voted to pass SPLOST IV in 2013, which funded the two replacement schools.
“The new schools are beautiful and spacious with plenty of teacher workrooms in addition to spacious classrooms,” said board member David Banks in a Facebook post.
The original Brumby Elementary opened in 1966 on Powers Ferry Road and East Cobb Middle opened in 1963 on Holt Road. Eastvalley Elementary School will eventually move to the site on Holt, but the Brumby property has been sold and will become a mixed-use development.
The Cobb Board of Commissioners approved that property for rezoning in February and developers plan to build MarketPlace Terrell Mill, anchored by Kroger and containing restaurants, shops and residences.
The new elementary school cost $22.7 million and the middle school cost $28.6 million, for a combined cost of $51 million. Construction started in September 2016.
Brumby students will no longer have to learn in 17 portable classrooms as the new building has the capacity for 1,137 students in 71 classrooms. The old location only held 895 students in 56 classrooms. The middle school is not increasing its student capacity or the number of classrooms but it will have 36,000 more square feet.
Additionally, Brumby parents will no longer need to sit on a busy road in line for carpool. The larger property will accommodate all the cars and buses.
School starts August 1.