Benteen & D.H. Stanton Elementary
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Why is APS consolidating Benteen Elementary and D.H. Stanton Elementary Schools?
As part of the work for students, Atlanta Public Schools has had to strive to improve quality while increasing efficiency. That is why we continue the work to right-size the district to more effectively direct resources toward the students. We also want to deliver the most coherent and effective academic programs possible to our students as well as providing the most complete and essential services we can with limited resources.
To that end, Atlanta Public Schools proposes to merge Benteen Elementary with D.H. Stanton Elementary into a single school on the D.H. Stanton campus. Consistent with past practices with merged schools, all staff from both schools will be required to apply for a position at the new school.
2. What is the timeline of these changes?
Pending Atlanta Board of Education approval on March 6, APS will implement these changes beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. Each campus will have a transition plan that is specific to the needs of that school community.
3. Who will be the school principal?
The district is excited to announce Robin Christian, current principal of D.H. Stanton and an experienced APS administrator with a strong track record of performance, will serve as principal of the new school.
4. When will the consolidations be official?
The Atlanta Board of Education will consider the recommendation to merge the schools during the March 6 meeting. Pending Atlanta Board of Education and State Department of Education approvals, the change will take effect beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.
5. Where will the students go to school?
Students will attend school on the D.H. Stanton campus.
6. What will the new attendance boundaries be?
As part of proposed merger, the district would reset part of the zone between Parkside Elementary and Benteen to align with neighborhood boundaries. Specifically, this affects a small portion of Custer/McDonough/Guice on the north side of Cluster Avenue, which would now become a part of the merged school zone. This provides consistent zoning, as all other neighborhoods within the Jackson Cluster had been zoned as a whole.
7. How will all of the students fit into one consolidated school?
Both schools are significantly under-enrolled and under-utilized. The D.H. Stanton facility has sufficient space to accommodate students from both schools.
8. How can the stakeholders provide comments on the plan to consolidate the schools?
Atlanta Public Schools will hold community conversations and public hearings on the future of the consolidated schools. The schedule is as follows:
- Community Meeting – Monday, January 23 @ 6 p.m. at Maynard Jackson High School
- Jackson Cluster Public Hearings –
- Wednesday, February 15 @ 6 p.m. Whitefoord Elementary
- Wednesday, March 1 @ 6 p.m. Benteen Elementary
9. What will happen to the name of the schools?
Should a new school be approved, the chair of the Atlanta Board of Education will appoint a committee led by one or both of the district’s representative on the board along with a select group of school staff members, parents and other community members.
10. What will happen to the vacant Benteen Elementary building?
The district is considering suggestions from the community.