What is the plan for the Old Austin Elementary School?
The New Austin Elementary School (AES) is on schedule to open January 2020.
The Old Austin Elementary School was part of the land swap and is owned by the City of Dunwoody. In anticipation of the new site opening, the old AES site has been neglected and is on its last leg.
The old AES was designated “unsuitable” I suspect for the following reasons:
- Couldn’t find a swing place for the students while a new school was being build.
- Administration insisted on building an elementary school with a capacity of 900 and the current site was small.
- Utility hazards
- Needs major renovations
On the day the New AES opens, the Dunwoody Cluster will still have over 500 students across the cluster in trailers. Dunwoody High School has a capacity of 1,500 students, currently has 2,100 students and is expected to have 2,300+ students by 2021.
Dunwoody High School
Peachtree Charter Middle School
Dunwoody 7-Year Enrollment Forecasts
January 3, 2019 – DeKalb County School District (DCSD) has updated the long-term enrollment forecasts for each school year from the Fall of 2019 through the Fall of 2025. Even with these conservative estimates, Dunwoody HS (DHS) enrollment is expected to exceed 2,300 by 2021.
Options – Using Old AES
DeKalb Schools is looking at options to alleviate trailers in the Dunwoody Cluster. The administration is currently looking into using Old AES to that end. The following list is not comprehensive and just some thoughts that are on the table. I don’t believe any of these options are permanent. But, as the saying goes, there is nothing so permanent as a temporary solution.
Option 1 – Use Old AES as a K-5 thereby alleviating trailers for elementary schools in the cluster.
Option 2 – Use Old AES as a K-6, make PCMS 7-9 and DHS 10-12. This would alleviate the overcrowding at the high school.
Option 3 – Use Old AES as a 6th grade academy. Not sure how viable that is … but it was thrown out there.
I’m starting to get emails and would like to have a community discussion.
- Please let me know if you have students and in what school(s).
- What are your thoughts about using the Old AES?
- What is your suggestion for addressing the 500+ elementary students that will still be in trailers once the New Austin ES opens?
Delay in New Austin ES Opening
Aug 24, 2018 – The DeKalb Schools Operations Division was informed last week that we are experiencing a delay in the opening of the new Austin ES. This has shifted the opening of the school from August 2019 (start of the first semester of 2019-2020 SY) to January 2020 (start of the second semester of 2019-2020 SY).
Austin Rebuild – Approved by BOE
October 5, 2016 – On Monday, the DeKalb Schools Board unanimously approved an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for the purchase, sale and exchange of land with the City of Dunwoody. After everything is said and done, DeKalb Schools will pay the City of Dunwoody $3.6 million.