Georgia district to open college and career academy using sales tax revenue

December 6, 2018

Atlanta Public Schools plans to open a college and career academy in 2020 to train high schoolers for jobs in automotive, medical, construction, culinary arts and other fields. The academy is expected to serve about 800 students.

Atlanta Public Schools plans to open a college and career academy in 2020 to train high schoolers for jobs in automotive, medical, construction, culinary arts and other fields.

The school board on Monday voted 7-1 to approve spending money on a roughly $12 million renovation to transform a district building on Windsor Street into an academy expected to serve about 800 students. The project will be paid for with $7.58 million in sales-tax dollars, a $3 million grant from the Technical College System of Georgia, and contributions provided by outside partners.

School board members praised the expansion of offerings to prepare students for college and the workforce, but a couple also expressed reservations about adding a project that had not been presented to voters when the district asked for approval in 2016 of a one-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST.