The Dalton Board of Education, school administrators and officials from Carroll Daniel Construction held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the construction of Hammond Creek Middle School on January 14. The facility will house Dalton Public Schools' sixth and seventh grade students beginning in August of 2021.
In 2017, voters approved a general obligation bond to finance the new school. The project is working to solve the growing enrollment in the district over the past couple of decades. When construction is completed, Dalton Middle School will house eighth and ninth grade students, alleviating overcrowding at both middle and high school. Morris Innovative High School will close, and a new magnet school for grades 10-12 will be housed in the current Dalton Middle School building.
DPS Superintendent Dr. Tim Scott said he cannot thank the community enough for supporting the school district with the GO Bond. "The foresight and vision of our board, administrators and schools to see the overcrowding issue and being able to come together as a team to create a solution is amazing, and we really appreciate the community allowing us to do that," he said. "With our new configuration, we will be able to offer new programs to benefit all of our students equally across our district. We are very excited about that."
Board Chair Dr. Richard Fromm also spoke at the event about the history of growing enrollment in the district. "We have outgrown our surroundings. In 1999, our enrollment was just shy of 4,900 students. In the next ten years, we grew by 1,500 students which caused some of that growth to be attacked with new buildings," he explained. "Since then, we have increased another 1,500 students. So thank you for believing in our vision and supporting the creation of a long-term solution."