The Georgia High School Association’s state cross country meet that Carrollton City Schools hosted last weekend had an economic impact of $1.2 million on the community, according to school officials.
Superintendent Dr. Mark Albertus said school system used the formula provided by Jonathan Dorsey, is the executive director of the Carrollton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, to arrive at that number.
“If you look at the economical impact, we have had thousands of people come to Carrollton,” said Albertus. “And keep in mind that these people are also from all over the state of Georgia who come into town and stay the night, and I don’t want to overlook this because this is huge for our community and our school system.”
Albertus told the school board about plans to create a facility to make space for athletic events, physical academics during school and after-school programs that could benefit everyone.
“We have talked about needing an auxiliary gym for months now, because most schools our size (1,611 students) have two gyms,” said Albertus. “Usually when you reach 1,000 students enrolled the state recommends two gyms. We are proposing to build a multi-purpose classroom space and activity complex that can be utilized by all students and our community.”
About 80 percent of the city’s high school student population is enrolled in at least one school team activity. As of now, many high school students do not get to utilize space for practice until around 10 at night because the younger grades practice first. Albertus wants to end this and provide more room so students do not have to practice as late into the night.
“This facility would also be exceptional for events such as the Special Olympics or even just having a community celebration,” said Albertus. “This facility would provide a nice climate against bad weather and it would be large enough for many events.”
The band program will also benefit from the facility because band members will be able to escape the heat of the summer days when they practice.
To build the facility, the school system must raise about $2 million, with $1.1 already committed by donors who have endorsed the plan.
This multi-activity center is planned to be placed next to the junior high school building behind the new tennis courts.
“With our new tennis courts I wanted to say that many schools lock them up at night, however we will not do that,” said Albertus. “We want to be very accommodating to the community. Not everyone can be a Sunset Hills club member so there has to be other venues to play tennis and to serve the community with.”
The school system is hoping to hear back from the state in the next week so that they can begin working on the field to break ground on construction of the new multi-activity center, if the weather is favorable.
Albertus also said the system plans to create a new school website that is easier to navigate. It will launch the new website at the end of next week but will be asking for feedback from users once it is released.