Newnan High 9th Grade Campus at CEC starts classes Aug. 9

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From Coweta County Schools Press Release

Students at Newnan High School’s main campus will begin classes as scheduled on Thursday, August 5, but the school’s 9th grade campus will delay its start of school until Monday, August 9.

The delay for 9th grade students comes as final preparations for a freshman campus at the Central Educational Center are completed. Newnan High students will attend classes in a combination of permanent and temporary classrooms on both campuses following damage to the NHS campus during the March 26 tornado.

The 30 temporary classrooms at the Newnan High School LaGrange Street campus – which will house NHS’s approximately 1,600 10th-12th grade students – are ready.  The high school’s sophomore through senior classes will attend classes in a combination of repaired permanent buildings at the center of campus and mobile classrooms erected on Armory Road and LaGrange Street sites.

At the Central Educational Center, 26 classrooms have been installed on the campus to create a 9th grade “Cougar Village” campus to house Newnan High’s approximately 588 first-year freshman students, while recovery work continues at the LaGrange Street campus. A cafeteria and kitchen have also been erected as a part of the 9th Grade campus.

Delays in completing the Cougar Village campus were caused by unavailability of construction materials and mobile units until late in July.  Workers at the site were completing ramps, handrails and other finishing work at the site on Tuesday.

“The construction of the classrooms and cafeteria building has been completed, but the delays we experienced in July have left teachers unable to complete work in their classrooms,” said Superintendent Evan Horton.  “We apologize to parents for the inconvenience of starting on Monday.  It is important for our students and teachers to start the school year in prepared classroom settings. We want to be sure everything is right before we welcome our 9th grade students on campus.”

“We appreciate the hard work of staff members, our community and school system personnel to make sure our first time 9th graders start out with a positive first day of high school,” said Chase Puckett, Newnan High Principal.  “We also want to make sure that our teachers at the Cougar Village have the planning time they need in their new spaces to be ready for a new school year.”

The Newnan High 9th grade campus will hold orientation for new freshmen at the Cougar Village campus on Friday, August 6, during the morning and evening.  First time 9th graders with  last names starting with A-K are invited to open house at the Cougar Village on Friday from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., and students with last names starting with L-Z are invited to open house from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Orientation for Newnan High 10th-12th graders on the LaGrange Street campus will go forward as scheduled on Wednesday.  That orientation will be held Wednesday, August 4, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for students with last names starting with A-K, and from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. for students with last names starting with L-Z.

The first day of the 2021-22 Coweta County School System academic year is Thursday, August 5.

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