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CCSD News and Announcements
For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
September 19, 2011
Jay Dillon (770) 426-3345

New Smyrna Elementary School
To Be District’s First 'Green Building'

Partnership With Southern Polytechnic University to Obtain LEED Status

The new, SPLOST-funded Smyrna elementary school opening in August 2013 will be the first Cobb County School District facility to meet standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED certification promotes environmentally sound, sustainable building practices during every step of the development process. The new school, to be constructed as part of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) program approved by Cobb County voters in 2008, will be rated on factors such as site selection, water efficiency, energy usage, materials and resources, and indoor air quality, helping to lower operating costs and minimize environmental impact.

In a unique partnership, the school district will team with the International Knowledge and Research Center for Green Building at Southern Polytechnic State University for the LEED certification project. Architecture students in the program will assist with the comprehensive documentation and application process required to attain certification. The partnership will benefit SPSU students as they learn how to document and certify sustainable projects and support the school district’s priority of operating Safe, Healthy and Innovative Learning Environments.

"This project will be the first LEED certified K-12 school in Cobb County," said Doug Shepard, the district’s Chief Administrative Officer for SPLOST. "It is our partnership with SPSU that made this possible. The idea for this partnership was actually brought to us by a parent at the first community forum for the new Smyrna school."

The new Smyrna replacement school will become a central piece of the redevelopment of the former Belmont Hills shopping center at the intersection of Windy Hill and Atlanta roads. The 18-acre site is contiguous to both the Belmont Hills redevelopment area and the back entrance of Campbell High School, and is less than one mile from the downtown Smyrna Village Green. The school is scheduled to open its doors in time for the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

For more information about the LEED certification system, visit the U.S. Green Building Council Website at www.usgbc.org. Ongoing project updates for the new Smyrna elementary school and the hundreds of other SPLOST III projects are available on the Cobb County School District Website at www.cobbk12.org.