Buckhead now seems divided about the future of APS middle schools.
APS Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr.'s preliminary recommendations call for a separate sixth grade academy at the present Sutton Middle School site, and a seventh and eighth-grade school at the present North Atlanta site.
APS demographers in their proposals called for separate middle schools, one at Sutton and the other at North Atlanta. Davis at a recent community meeting said he doesn't really oppose that solution, but that he gives the edge to the sixth grade academy plan because of his concerns about bullying.
Both options have received support at recent community meetings. One of the largest groups at Davis' March 13 meeting at North Atlanta supported the two middle schools, while those who spoke in favor of the sixth grade academy drew strong applause.
Those in favor of two middle schools ask in an online petition that the school board to put off a decision for several years and conduct more research. Davis himself at the community meeting said the board could delay making an answer; the Sutton site beginning in the fall of 2013 is slated for E. Rivers students, while the North Atlanta site would be a school for all of the cluster's sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.
Here is a Buckhead Patch poll on the issue. Please let us know in Comments your feelings about Buckhead's middle schools.