Decatur School Board approves boundaries for the 4-5 Academy, new Talley Street school

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 18, 2018

A city schools of Decatur bus. Photo from CSD Facebook page.

The Decatur School Board met on April 17 and approved new school attendance zones for the 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue (F.AVE) and a school on Talley Street that’s currently under construction.

At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, City Schools of Decatur will go from a system of K-3 elementary schools with a 4-5 academy to a system of K-2 elementary schools and two 3-5 academies.

CSD is building a new 3-5 school at Talley Street which is expected to be finished by the start of the 2019 school year. The new school will cost $22 million and will seat 750 students. F.AVE, will become the other 3-5 school.

Boundaries for the lower elementary K-2 schools – Oakhurst, Winnona Park, Glennwood, Clairemont and Westchester – will not change.

The board unanimously approved setting the attendance zones for the two 3-5 schools, school system spokesperson Courtney Burnett said.

Under the plan approved by the board, 100 percent of Glenwood and Clairemont students, as well as 76 percent of Winnona Park students, will attend the new Talley Street school.  Students at the other schools – 100 percent for Oakhurst and Westchester, and 24 percent for Winniona Park, will attend F.AVE.

The the plan the board approved is called Option C, which can be seen by clicking here, but the information in that presentation is not 100 percent accurate, Burnett said. She said that the School Board voted to make a minor “tweak” option C and corrected a typo. She said an up-to-date attendance map would be produced on April 19.

The approval followed a months-long public input process which included surveys of parents.  Nearly 70 percent of the respondents were supportive or very supportive of the plan the board adopted, the survey said.

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