Chamblee High School Construction to Remain on Schedule as Others Halt

Superintendent recommended that Chamblee Construction Remain on schedule.

A $41 million mistake in the managment of sales tax dollars threatens to halt construction at local schools, but DeKalb County Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson has proposed that construction at Chamblee Charter High School continue, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

According to the report, the mistake affects 35 building projects. Among those that would stop are renovations to the DeKalb School of the Arts and Redan and Dunwoody high schools. The $69 million construction project at Chamblee, which was funded by mostly bond money, will likely continue.

The AJC reported that the shortfall primarily involves management of the last SPLOST, which was to generate $513 million from 2007 through August.

Kim Ellis Gokce March 01, 2012 at 12:28 AM
The Chamblee project is consider SPLOST IV and wouldn't be affected by the audit/shortfall in SPLOST III.
HDM March 01, 2012 at 12:40 AM
"$41 million mistake in the managment of sales tax dollars"...DeKalb County business as usual.
Paula March 01, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Kim, one would believe that to be true. But, as I read a quote from Dr. Atkinson on the 11-Alive Website: "The building project is now $10-million over budget, going from $69-million estimated in 2007 to $79-million today. Atkinson told the Board the 2007 figure was based on construction projects at the time at other high schools and did not take into account increases in construction and ancillary costs over the ensuring years as construction continued. The Board is now planning to cut funding for 113 other ongoing projects and canceling dozens of others so the Chamblee High School construction can be completed on schedule". That leads me to believe that the district is planning to look for the $10 million with uncompleted SPLOST III projects. If so, that is very, very wrong. As you said SPLOST IV was to take care of the new CHS facility. I would like some clarification on this.
Tammy March 01, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Excellence for they childrens. It takes a village to cheat a child, or in this case a school board.
HamBurger March 02, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Mr. Matthews, is it better to complain and run off and form a new city forgetting that approximately half of your property taxes go to this school system? Or would it be more prudent to organize and try to rearrange the county and school system so they are more productive and efficient? Hey, I got a shovel so you can dig a hole and stick your head in the ground and ignore half of your tax bill being wasted and the students being abused. No hamberger for you . . .
HDM March 02, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Baby steps, Berger, baby steps.
HamBurger March 02, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Mr. Matthews, I suggest you put your Man Shoes on, forget this city nonsense, and organize a citizen effort to correct county government and the DeKalb County School System. Any effort to create a city is a step in denial and just aggravates the situation with citizens. Divisive is not the answer.
HDM March 02, 2012 at 02:58 PM
We shall see if a majority of voters in the area agree with you, Berger.


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