By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
All Darlington Students will be on the same campus next year, as the school has announced plans to sell the historic Shorter Ave. property to Shorter University.
Pre-K through 4th grade students currently taught at the lower school will be joining their older counterparts on the Cave Spring Road Campus, which Darlington officials say will increase their security and allow current PK-8 Director James Hutchins to create better communication and curriculum through the grades.
Combining the two campuses has been on Darlington’s master plan for over a decade, but the school was selective in picking potential buyers, as they wanted to preserve the historic value of the Thornwood building. As the white home was built by Col. Alfred Shorter in the late 1840s, Shorter University shares their history, and has agreed to make every effort to add Thornwood to the National Register of Historic Places within the next 18 months.
As for Darlington, a preliminary site has been secured for a new lower school on their campus, which is tentatively located behind the archway in Thatcher Hall’s Courtyard. Until then, grades 3 and 4 will join grades 5-8 in Thatcher Hall, while the Early Learning Academy and grades 1 and 2 will relocate to modular classrooms.
Shorter has not yet announced what they intend to use the site for, however officials there cited their increased footprint on Shorter Ave.