The Clayton County Board of Education meets at 6 p.m. tonight, Monday, April 10, 2023 at 1058 Fifth Avenue in Jonesboro. On tonight’s consent agenda is approval of $92.16 million to build and outfit a new Forest Park Middle School. The old school, which has asbestos, is being demolished.

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The three-story school will be 228,513 square feet with room for 1200 students. According to board documents, “The building scope includes a three-story structure that will include all academic spaces, administration offices, cafeteria, kitchen, media center, gymnasium and athletic field. The primary structural system for the building is a steel frame structure with infill materials ranging from masonry, curtain wall and storefront glazing. The building mechanical systems will be comprised of packaged rooftop HVAC units and VRF system. Solar panels are included. The roofing system will be a modified bitumen system. All of the spaces in the school will be served by technology.”

The lowest bidder for the job was MEJA Construction Inc. of Peachtree City, with a base bid of $82,000,000 and using 34.67% SLBE (Small Local Business Enterprise) participation.

$86,613,353 would come from SPLOST and $5,546,647 would come from the Georgia Department of Education.

The new school, which will stand on the current Finley Road location, is across from a new senior housing development and around the corner from a slowly-redeveloping Main Street.

See the full agenda, with detailed supporting documentation at

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Robin Kemp

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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