News Briefs: Central Library renovations; APS Milestone scores; new city health officer

Work has begun to cut windows into the Brutalist facade of the Central Library. (Courtesy Friends of the Central Atlanta Library)

Construction crews have begun the process of carving out space for new windows in the facade of the Central Library in Downtown Atlanta, forever altering famed architect Marcel Breuer’s Brutalist design. The inclusion of windows and interior renovations was favored in a public survey rather than demolishing the building to construct a new facility. Outcry from the public and advocacy from the Friends of the Central Atlanta Library prevented the Georgia Register of Historic Places-listed building from potentially meeting the wrecking ball. Once $50 million in renovations are complete, the library is expected to reopen next fall. Regarded for his role in the Bauhaus movement, the library, which opened in 1980, was Breuer’s last design work before he died. Read more at Curbed Atlanta.

Scores for the Milestone standardized test taken by students in grades 3 through 12 have been released for Atlanta Public Schools. According to a report in the AJC, at the elementary and middle school level, 80 percent of Atlanta schools increased the percentage of students scoring proficient and above on the tests, while 76 percent of high schools increased the percentage of students scoring proficient and above on the tests.

Ferguson

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has appointed of Dr. Angelica Geter Fugerson to serve as the first ever Chief Health Officer for the City of Atlanta. Fugerson is a 15-year health expert with experience working at the federal, state, and local levels. Her research and program experience have focused on HIV/AIDS and public health services as well as equity and health disparities in the Southern United States. The Chief Health Officer will focus on combating the leading causes of illness and disability in Atlanta, improving health literacy rates, and assessing emerging health needs to improve community health. A primary goal of the position will be to build coalitions across the city to reduce new HIV transmissions, asthma rates, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses affecting the Atlanta community.

 

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