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School Board Delays Vote on Changes to Austin, Vanderlyn, Chesnut, Dunwoody Elementary Schools

The vote was delayed until Jan. 7, 2013

The Dekalb school board delayed a vote Monday that could affect attendance lines for Dunwoody's elementary's schools in the 2018-2019 school year.

The vote was delayed until Jan. 7 - a change that was spurred by parent outcry across the district and concern about the changes. The board could finalize the changes at a Jan. 23 meeting.

The changes in the Dunwoody cluster revolve around the demolition and reconstruction of Austin Elementary as part of the new SPLOST.

A larger Austin Elementary School for 900 students would siphon more than 350 students from the Vanderlyn school district.

The school attendance line shift would also affect the Dunwoody Elementary School footprint to include a net change of around 200 students with Chesnut Elementary School, according to the proposal.

The school board vote on Jan. 7 is to open up the proposal for public comment. The proposal will also be brought to Dunwoody High School Jan. 16 to discuss the cluster's proposed changes.

After the public information sessions, the working draft will be put into final form for the Board's approval on Jan. 23. That document will be sent to the Georgia Department of Education for its initial review.

The "proposed school organization" records the schools a school district expects to operate in the coming years. The document is the basis for a so-called "Local Five-Year Facility Plan." The plan is attached to this article.

The plan provides the district's reasoning to receive money for the state for capital improvements. Currently, the school district is eligible to receive up to $40 million in additional funds if the state affects the plan.

People are being encouraged to email ideas, comments and suggestions to proposed-org@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us.

Rob December 11, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Dunwwoodyians commenting about how Dekalb runs busness? How amusing! I remmeber a few years ago when Dekalb and GPC swapped land for the new elementary school. Dekalb would build a new school on Womack and GPC would build a new nursing building. Dunwoody got their school, but as soon as GPC began to talk about their bulding plans, a Dunwoody councilman on his blog, and the DHA started trying to form an alliance to block them. Dekalb and Dunwoody, no comaprison really, not until Dunwoody matures a bit!
Dunwoody Bob December 11, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Well Rob if you knew what you were talking about, you would realize that Dunwoody is still in the Dekalb County School District. So yes we are commenting on how the school system our taxes go to have a right to comment. This has nothing to do with the city of Dunwoody government. How amusing you are...NOT
DunwoodyWorkingMan December 11, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Rob, Once again you show your knowledge of all things in Dunwoody. Most local residents (we were not a city yet) opposed the land swap. How genius was putting a school on Womack, across the street from Vanderlyn and close to a college? That placement of DES (thanks to former Dunwoody school board members Jim and Chip) is what will forever keep zoning screwed up in Dunwoody.
Rob December 11, 2012 at 07:11 PM
If only a "Trolls" opinion was even considerd........
RCT December 11, 2012 at 10:26 PM
First of all, almost no local government ever decides to do things the correct way. Second, since tax-payer money is going to rebuild Austin, let it happen. Then just move all the 170 or so kids from one Vanderlyn apt complex and be done with it. Austin will probably be at capacity by 2018 with current zoning or very close. It really doesn't need to be complicated.

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