New schools will hold open houses

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Public Schools students who will be attending one of the district's five new facilities won't have to wait until school starts to see the new buildings.

Puckett's Mill Elementary, Trip Elementary and Rosebud Elementary - new schools opening this August - are having open houses this month, along with Benefield Elementary and Lanier Middle, which are moving into replacement buildings.

During the schools' open houses, students and visitors will be able to tour the buildings and see the classrooms. Students may also participate in activities designed to help them learn their way around their new school.

The events at Puckett's Mill Elementary in Dacula and Trip Elementary in Grayson are scheduled for Sunday. Rosebud Elementary, Benefield Elementary and Lanier Middle will have their open houses on July 27.

The new elementary schools were built as part of the school district's plan to relieve overcrowding. Construction was funded by a voter-approved 1-percent education sales tax.

Benefield Elementary is moving to Old Norcross Road and Riverside Drive from its former site on McElvaney Lane, where the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology's campus will resident.

Lanier Middle's former building is being converted into the high school that will anchor the Lanier cluster, opening in 2010. For the 2008-09 school year, Lanier's seventh- and eighth-graders will be housed in the new middle school, while sixth-graders will attend classes in the adjacent White Oak Elementary.

SideBar: If you go

· What: Puckett's Mill Elementary's "Roam Your Home" open house

· When: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday

· Where: 2442 S. Puckett's Mill Road, Dacula

· What: Trip Elementary's "Trip Through Trip" open house

· When: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday

· Where: 841 Cooper Road, Grayson

· What: Rosebud Elementary's community open house

· When: 2 to 4 p.m. July 27

· Where: 4151 Rosebud Road, Loganville

· What: Benefield Elementary's open house

· When: 2 to 4 p.m. July 27

· Where: 1221 Old Norcross Road, Lawrenceville

· What: Lanier Middle's community open house

· When: 2 to 4 p.m. July 27

· Where: 6482 Suwanee Dam Road, Buford