By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Even though construction has yet to begin on the site of the new Anna K. Davie school, some exciting plans are already underway for the projected red-brick building.
When the elementary school is completed and open, Anna K. Davie will host one of the state’s first 3-year-old educational programs. In collaboration with Berry College and the South Rome Re-Development Project, three paraprofessionals and three teachers will oversee three classrooms of the young students. But, the very young are not the only ones set to benefit from the school. Georgia Northwestern Technical College will also have two classrooms reserved for adult education, helping those who wish to get their GEDs. Rome City Schools Superintendent Gayland Cooper said this symbiotic relationship between college, public school and corporation will undoubtedly aid the South Rome community.
“We’re fortunate here in Rome because we have four colleges. We do a lot of collaboration with them. This is one of the best examples—-I think--of how we can work together to help children and families,” he said. “We’ve come up with this vision of educating children and families through the Anna k. Davie school, and through this collaboration with South Rome Redevelopment Corporation, Berry College, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, and Rome city schools---we’re going to work at both ends. Both with the very young and with adult education.”
The Anna K. Davie site is still tied up in eminent domain issues, but Cooper predicts these will be resolved by January. If all goes according to plan, the school will be open for students, young and old, August 2014.