Fulton schools chief offers to talk about land use with Gwinnett Tech

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Fulton County Schools superintendent has invited the president of Gwinnett Technical College to discuss the possibility of opening a satellite campus at the former Milton High School site.

The board of the Technical College System of Georgia voted last year to include North Fulton County in Gwinnett Tech’s service area. The location was previously served by Lanier Technical College, but many students in the area were more attracted to Gwinnett Tech, said Mike Light, the spokesman for the Technical College System.

As Gwinnett Tech’s service delivery area expands, Fulton County Schools is ready to be a potential partner, Superintendent Cindy Loe wrote in a letter to Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Bartels.

“Gwinnett Technical College’s proposal to locate a facility in Fulton County would provide (Fulton Institute of Technology) and all Fulton County students an opportunity to take advantage of dual enrollment opportunities as they seek to become more competitive for high tech and high wage jobs,” the letter states.

Programs planned for the Fulton Institute of Technology — a technical high school that fuses practice and virtual learning opportunities to create a technology-rich learning environment — are aligned to programs available at Gwinnett Tech, Loe wrote.

Currently, there are two FIT campuses, one at the Milton Center and the other at the Instructional Technology Center.

As the program moves forward, the school system is developing plans to build a FIT facility on the campus of the Banneker replacement high school in South Fulton, Loe wrote. The district is also considering demolishing the former Milton High School and constructing a new facility on the Alpharetta site.

But the school system would consider conveying property rights to Gwinnett Tech on all or part of the 40 acre site in exchange for demolition costs, classroom and office space in a newly constructed building, and access to and use of other amenities including parking, the letter states.

“The combined effort could result in synergies both related to physical redevelopment of the site as well as development of our programs to serve the students and community of Fulton County,” Loe wrote.

Light said no formal offers have been made regarding a North Fulton campus for Gwinnett Tech.

“Absolutely nothing has been official. No decision has been made,” Light said. “(Although) eventually, something will be done.”