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Sugar Hill mayor opposes division of North Gwinnett school cluster

SUGAR HILL - The splitting of the North Gwinnett school cluster as proposed by the school system leaves two unbalanced clusters, Sugar Hill's mayor and council said in Monday's meeting. The city's leaders will present to the school board an alternative plan they say creates two equal clusters.

"We believe the weight of this division has been inordinately placed on the new Lanier cluster," Mayor Gary Pirkle said. "They took the two lower end schools, according to test scores, ESL students and state rankings, and combined them with three new schools in the Lanier cluster."

The new schools will open with a starter library and no established booster clubs, sports or PTSA, Pirkle added.

The mayor and council suggest a revised plan in which the Lanier cluster would hold Suwanee, Sugar Hill and Level Creek elementary schools, Peachtree Industrial Boulevard Middle and Lanier High schools.

The North Gwinnett cluster would consist of Riverside, Sycamore and White Oak elementary schools, the middle school on Suwanee Dam Road and North Gwinnett High School.

In other business:

' Sugar Hill will soon have a third ballfield, in addition to the one at E. E. Robinson Park and the one under construction at Gary Pirkle Park. The city purchased for $500,000 a 10-acre triangular tract adjacent and to the left of E. E. Robinson Park.

' The city purchased the 3.6-acre former NuAir manufacturing facility across from City Hall, in the midst of the planned downtown area, for $1,010,00. NuAir had been in business more than 30 years, City Manager Bob Hail said.