Sorry School Councils, the administration is adding a couple projects to the project list and your piece of the pie just got smaller. I don’t know what the administration promised, but go ahead and officially take as much as 35% off of that now.
School councils were asked to provide input into the over crowding solution. The decision was effectively between a new Doraville cluster or adding seats at the current schools. DeKalb Schools planning provided estimates and told various school councils that additions would include renovations to common spaces like the cafeteria, gymnasium, parking lot, athletic fields, media, and art centers. I’m told by various school council chairs that these renovations played a big part in their decisions.
Lakeside HS, Dunwoody HS and Peachtree MS are over crowded. Both schools have campuses and surrounding infrastructure that cannot handle the number of students they have now. Lakeside HS School Council Position asks the district for 1000 more seats. Dunwoody HS School Council asks for 600 seats and Peachtree MS PCMS Foundation asks for 450 seats.
I’m sorry to say, the list of renovations your schools will see just got shorter. Over the next 7 years, expect that list to get even shorter.
Original Round 3 Estimates
|New Classroom Additions||Cost|
|1.||600 seat addition at Dunwoody HS||$23 million|
|2.||450 seat addition at Peachtree MS||$17 million|
|3.||900 seat addition at Lakeside HS||$34 million|
|4.||500 seat addition at Chamblee HS||$19 million|
|School||Final Recommendation||Change in Seats||New Estimates||Change In Funding|
|1||Dunwoody HS||600 seats (2,100 seat capacity)||0||$16.4 million||– 29%|
|2||Peachtree MS||450 seats (1,700 seat capacity)||0||$13.9 million||– 18%|
|3||Lakeside HS||750 seats (2,500 seat capacity)||– 17%||$22.1 million||– 35%|
|4||Chamblee HS||600 seats (2,400 seat capacity)||+ 17%||$16.4 million||– 14%|
Oct 4 – 18, 2016
Five regional meetings to discuss and gather feedback related to the development of the 2017‐2022 E‐SPLOST V project list. Each public hearing will be at 7 p.m. at the following locations:
• Oct. 4, 2016 at Tucker High School (Region 2)
• Oct. 11, 2016 at Miller Grove High School (Region 4)
• Oct. 13, 2016 at Chamblee High School (Region 1)
• Oct. 17, 2016 at Columbia High School (Region 5)
• Oct. 18, 2016 at Stone Mountain High School (Region 3)
Oct 4 – 24, 2016
• Online Survey on draft E-SPLOST project list
Nov 7, 2016
• Board COW discussion on E-SPLOST project list
Dec 5, 2016
• Formal Board approval of E-SPLOST project list