Pike Road students will return to upgraded facilities in the fall
A new football stadium press box, additional classrooms and renovations to existing facilities will greet students, parents and fans of Pike Road Schools in the fall.
The new press box at the Pike Road High School football field will hold 12 people with room for camera crews on the rooftop.
The facility also will have high-speed Internet as well as the latest in sound and video equipment, said Todd McConnell, director of facilities maintenance for PRHS. The press box at the field, which is located on the Georgia Washington campus, also will include light-show capabilities, McConnell added.
Sod also is now in place on the softball field where three teams and about 50 girls play, said Brooke Watson, head softball coach. Bermuda grass also was placed on the infield of the baseball field, she said.
“The athletic facilities will make a big impact,” said Rebecca Williams, communications coordinator for the school system. “Our student-athletes have not had practice facilities or home fields. Having a home field advantage will increase the already strong sense of community in Pike Road. Having home athletic fields will also bring in additional funds needed to support our athletic programs.”
On the academic side, increased enrollment has prompted the system to renovate and add classroom space.
The gym, library, hallways, offices, restrooms, and 34 classrooms are under renovation at Pike Road High School, Williams said.
“Classrooms are being completely gutted,” Williams said, adding that new paint and flooring are part of the upgrades. Wood floors will either be refurbished or replaced. New lighting, a state-of-the-art intercom system, a new HVAC system, white boards, new classroom doors and windows, and new school entry doors also are part of the work.
Some of the classrooms at the high school campus were not being used due to their condition, Williams said.
“Additional classrooms and renovated classrooms will provide teachers and students with adequate space. The renovated campus will naturally lead to a sense of school pride. The building will be a special place when the work is complete, and we are proud to rework and continue the use of a building and a site that has educated so many people over the last seven decades,” Williams said. “It is an honor to preserve the legacy of Ms. Georgia Washington and see it continued into future generations.”
The upgrades will positively impact the school day of hundreds of Pike Road students.
At Pike Road Middle School, 12 new classrooms are being built to meet the needs of the growing system.
Pike Road Schools opened on Aug. 13, 2015, making it the newest school system in the River Region.
Initially, PRS was comprised of one school that served 950 students in grades K-8. “We now have three campuses and serve over 2,000 learners (students) in grades K-12, making us one of the fastest-growing school systems in the state,” Williams said.
PRS has grown to more than 2,200 students in Pre-K through grade 12.
“This is a 20 percent gain in student enrollment since last school year. To meet the needs of our growing student body and provide sustained success, Pike Road Schools is in the process of building 12 additional classrooms at our historic campus, completely renovating the Georgia Washington campus and adding athletic facilities to the Georgia Washington campus,” Williams said. “We are excited these construction projects are underway. They are scheduled for completion in the fall of 2020.”
Also, in the fall of 2020, PRS will realign its campuses in the following way:
The Founding Campus, Pike Road Elementary, located at 500 Avenue of Learning, will house Pre-K through grade 3.
The Historic Campus, Pike Road Middle School, located at 4710 Pike Road, will be the site of grades 4 through 6, and will be renamed Pike Road Intermediate School.
The Georgia Washington Campus, Pike Road High School, located at 696 Georgia Washington Road, will house grades 7-12.