Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan The land on Riverside Parkway owned by Gwinnett County Public Schools is expected to be the site of the Berkmar/Central Cluster High School.
SUWANEE -- In a unanimous vote at Thursday's Gwinnett County Board of Education meeting, officials approved construction of a high school that will relieve Berkmar and Central Gwinnett.
In the 5-0 vote, board members awarded a $63.5 million contract to a Gainesville construction company to complete construction of what is currently known as the Berkmar/Central Cluster High School, 2136 Old Norcross Road, Lawrenceville.
According to staff with Gwinnett County Public Schools, the construction company has successfully completed projects in the past for the district. In addition, their bid was about $602,000 lower than the next lowest bidder.
Scheduled to open in fall of 2015, the high school is one of several slated to open around the same time: all of which are funded by the voter-approved education special purpose local option sales tax.
Other new school facilities tentatively slated to open soon include Peachtree Ridge Cluster Middle School at 1221 Northbrook Parkway, Suwanee (August 2014); Meadowcreek Cluster Elementary School, property not yet purchased (August 2015); Berkmar/Central Relief Cluster Elementary School (August 2015); and Central Gwinnett Cluster Middle School, 355 E. Crogan St., Lawrenceville (August 2015).
Jorge Quintana, spokesman for GCPS, said construction of the facilities is part of phase III of the district's long-range building program "to address classroom needs. As we saw last fall, our student enrollment continues to grow."
In September 2012, the district's final official enrollment count of the 2012-13 year -- a total of 164,694 -- showed more than 2,000 students attending GCPS than what was initially projected by central office staff.