Results are in from the five (5) public meetings to seek public input on proposed options to address the E-SPLOST budget.
General obligation (GO) bonds are bonds backed by a debt service property tax. GO Bonds require voter approval by referendum. The bonds would be sold Summer 2020 and paid back over 15 years. The debt service property tax is separate from school operations property tax and is not factored in the 25 mill maximum rate for school operations
WHY GO BONDS
DeKalb schools would like more money. They would like to rebuild schools rather than fix major building systems in aging schools.
GO BOND – PUBLIC FEEDBACK
Question: “Which GO Bond option do you prefer and why?”
A – $265M GO Bond including 5 new elementary schools
B – $220M Go Bond including only 4 new elementary schools
C – $100M Go Bond to shore up existing E-SPLOST overruns
D – No GO Bond
Public Meeting Results – GO Bond
Online Survey – GO Bond
The DeKalb County School District is in the process of designing a Comprehensive K-12 Arts School at the former Avondale MS site.
“to speak with the local school administration, design and construction staff, and others to glean from their successes and learn from their challenges as we seek to design and construct a Comprehensive K-12 Performing Arts School which provides the best learning environment that meets the needs of our students and teachers.”
Question: “Which Arts School option do you prefer and why?”
A – $15M funded by SPLOST V at the Avondale MS site
B – $15M funded by GO Bond at the Avondale MS site
C – $70M funded at a new site including a new Performing Arts center
D – Cancel the Arts School Project
Public Meeting Results – Arts School
Online Survey – Arts School
The Art School community doesn’t want the Art School project cancelled. The Art School community feels like the current facilities are in poor condition. All other communities see the new Comprehensive Art School as a luxury that should not come before the needs of the other schools. There is not an interest in having a combined K-12 Arts School.
• Communities in Region 1 and Region 2 are concerned about the growing enrollment
• Many attendees at many meetings expressed a preference to cancel the building additions
• All South DeKalb Meetings (Clarkstone, Miller Grove and Columbia) want the high achievers magnet moved out of Chamblee Charter HS.
• Chamblee and Dunwoody communities do not want the high achievers magnet moved
• Turf Installation – Some see it as an expensive luxury. Some see it as cost saving and safety issue
• Community members expressed concerns that the Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) scores were inaccurate or a poor metric for project prioritization.
• There were many requests from Dunwoody, Lakeside and Chamblee community members to redistrict.
• There were many requests to build a new Doraville area high school instead of doing the building additions.
• Many requests for more renovations and fewer building additions.
• Many requests to better understand the district’s long term facilities plan.
• Many requests to prioritize maintenance at existing facilities