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Riverwood Charter To Host New Design Meeting

Participants during Wednesday's forum will discuss the future design of Riverwood International Charter School.

Credit: Patch file.
Credit: Patch file.

A Sandy Springs school will host another meeting to give parents the chance to weigh on the replacement school's new design.

Riverwood International Charter School will host the event at 7 p.m. May 17 at its facility, located at 5900 Raider Drive. 

As in earlier meetings, the event is part of a multi-step, creative process to dialogue about the instructional infrastructure of high schools. 

The Fulton County School System has not conceptualized the schools' design; students, parents and the community will be part of the discussions that help shape the school's future design. 

The forum on Wednesday will involve participants discussing what learning at Riverwood should look like and how its design can capture it. 

Also that day, a group of students will participate in a Design Camp workshop and have been invited to share their conclusions at the evening meeting. Their instructor, Phillip Nissen, also will share his perspective from the camp.

The May 14 meeting is part of an expansive, deliberate approach to gather input from as many stakeholders as possible. 

In late April, Riverwood held a symposium featuring national experts in the field of education, leadership, and technology, and last week held a similar forum to build on the feedback from that event.

Next week, staff members will participate in similar small group discussions, and a final meeting for all community members and stakeholders will be held once the new school year begins.

Riverwood is set to receive a 26-classroom addition and major renovation as a part of the capital program funded by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, the one-penny education sales tax approved by Fulton County voters. 

Due to extensive renovations over its 43-year history, district staff members have been directed by the Fulton school board to explore options of how the current project could become the first phase of a replacement school. 

Input received during the process, as well as corresponding cost considerations, will be used to inform potential high school program changes. These will be reviewed by the school board in late summer.

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