DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - In order to make room for the Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy, Southside Middle School will close.
Teachers at the middle school received notices late yesterday afternoon.
The school will remain open for the rest of the year, so parents shouldn't worry about that.
It's going to be a long process, but in the coming months, the school system will be rezoned.
Students at Southside now will be dispersed to other schools throughout the system.
Construction has been underway for the past few months on the back half of the school. Although rumors had spread, administrators had not yet announced the fate of Southside Middle School...until now.
For parents, it came as a bit of a shock. But mother of three Contadria Green says she's okay with the close.
"I'm okay with them going to a different school because I like the other middle schools a lot," said Green.
Currently, there are 418 students at the school, 40 certified teachers and 19 instructional staff.
DCSS spokesperson, JD Sumner says tenured teachers will be placed throughout the system.
For those who aren't, leaders are hopeful they will be able to find them jobs at other schools in the system.
"We are just going to try and find a need and put them where there is a need. There are opportunities around the county and we will take advantage of those, but it is a bittersweet transition," said Sumner.
As far as the students, Sumner says plans to rezone the students to one of the four other middle schools will be announced in the coming weeks.
"We are talking about people's jobs here, but at the end of the day the opportunities that are available at the 4C academy are incredible," said Sumner.
As far as class sizes, Sumner says they are looking at which schools are at capacity and which ones aren't.
He says school administrators will work to keep them as small as possible.
We will continue to follow this story as new information is released.