Henry County Schools held a topping out ceremony for the new Birch Creek Elementary School. The school will open in August 2024.
Birch Creek Elementary is located off Willow Lane in McDonough. Education SPLOST VI is paying for its construction.
Birch Creek Topping Out
Henry County elected officials, staff and members of the construction team gathered on Tuesday, October 31, for the topping out ceremony. The topping out marks the end of vertical construction for the new school. Remaining work will now move indoors. Construction began in late 2022.
MEJA Construction, Inc. of Peachtree City, GA is building the new school. The contract cost equals $34.8 million. Substantial completion is expected in May 2024.
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Birch Creek is the county’s first new elementary school in fifteen years. Also on the horizon will be a STEM high school in Stockbridge. Construction will begin next year on the STEM school. Finally, the district plans to build a second new elementary school. It will be located in Locust Grove. Such school will open for the 2027–2028 school year.
Aside from new schools, the district has six classroom addition projects. The first addition at Dutchtown High is now complete. Additions at Dutchtown Middle and Ola Middle will be next to start construction. Altogether, the new schools and classrooms will add space for 5,000 additional students by 2028.
Featured image shows elected officials and staff at the Birch Creek Elementary topping out ceremony. Clayton Carte photo.