By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
The Rome City School Board saw an update on the construction of the new Anna K. Davie School Tuesday night, shedding details on the structure’s proposed campus.
Dr. Gayland Cooper met with the architect of the new school two weeks ago. After viewing the projected drawing, Cooper said the Anna K. Davie has been designed with safety in mind.
“Imagine Elm Street School. It’s a beautiful two story structure, but imagine a different entrance. There’ll be some unique characteristics to set it apart and make it truly unique, but it’s a two story structure and it will have an attached gym behind the building,” he said. “ For the convenience and safety of the parents, they’ll be a pull-through on East Main St. all the way down to West Glover st. On the back of the campus, on South Pennington Avenue, there will be an entrance to bring in RTD busses and yellow busses to separate the car traffic from the bus traffic.”
The school’s proposed completion date has been pushed back from August 2013 to January 2014 in the face of construction issues. A hill on West Glover St. must be leveled, and the board plans to talk to the city about simply encompassing that area into the school’s campus. Also, the site is still tied up in eminent domain matters, but Cooper said he expects more progress to be had next month.