Harmony Leland/Clay rendering

A rendering of the $26.8 million Harmony Leland/Clay Elementary replacement school approved by Cobb school board members in January. The school will be built along Factory Shoals Road in Mableton.

A groundbreaking ceremony has been set for an elementary school in Mableton that will replace both Harmony Leland and Clay elementary schools.

The new 186,930- square-foot school near the intersection of Factory Shoals Road and Mableton Parkway will include 76 classrooms and combine the 600-student population at Harmony Leland and 380-student population at Clay Elementary, according to Nan Kiel, a spokeswoman for the Cobb County School District. Clay covers 55,412 square feet, and Harmony Leland covers 65,127 square feet.

Kiel said Harmony Leland Elementary has served Cobb students for nearly 70 years, and Clay Elementary served students for about 60.

The Cobb school board voted in January to award the $26.8 million construction contract, funded by a special voter-approved 1% sales tax, to Nix-Fowler Constructors, Inc. Kiel said construction on the new school is expected to be complete in May 2020, and doors are scheduled to open that fall.

Kiel provided an emailed statement from Superintendent Chris Ragsdale, who said the south Cobb community “will see the new school become a place where teachers and students are excited to learn,” when it opens.

“We are looking forward to celebrating the ceremonial groundbreaking of Cobb’s next state-of-the-art school,” Ragsdale said. “Thank you to the entire Cobb community for making the new school a reality by voting to approve Ed-SPLOST V.”

In January, Ragsdale said the new school will include more space, as well as better technology and security features.

While there are not yet specific plans for the Harmony Leland and Clay campuses after their closures, the facilities will likely not be sold and will serve an administrative purpose, according to David Chastain, chairman of the Cobb school board.

The ceremony marking the beginning of the construction phase for the new school will be at 10 a.m. on July 22 at 6326 Factory Shoals Road. Kiel said space is limited, and RSVPs should be sent to Ana Mateo at ana.mateo@cobbk12.org.

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