Map to the Future Part 2: Decatur BOE to consider attendance maps on Wednesday

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 17, 2013

City Schools of Decatur Board of Education will meet on Dec. 18 and may approve a map that will redraw K-3 attendance zones.

The new zones are needed to make room for the reopening of Westchester Elementary in 2014, a school the BOE closed in 2004 due to declining enrollment. Since 2006, two years after the school system shuttered Westchester, K-3 enrollment jumped by about 600 students, or 75 percent.

School board members have tried to balance the urgent need for space with their desire to be thoughtful and deliberate about the rezoning process.

On Dec. 10, BOE members voted to delay approving the maps after making a few more last-minute adjustments. This is the map that’s being considered at the Dec. 18 special called meeting.

A revised K-3 zoning map up for approval at the Dec. 18 City Schools of Decatur BOE meeting.

A revised K-3 zoning map up for approval at the Dec. 18 City Schools of Decatur BOE meeting.

If the BOE approves this map:

– All homes on the northern and southern ends of Oakview Road would attend Winnona Elementary

– Students at the Knob Hill town homes would attend Clairemont Elementary

– Students in the downtown area, with the exception of Decatur Housing Authority students, would attend Clairemont Elementary (the DHA residents asked to be allowed to continue sending their children to their current K-3 school)

– Homes south of Scott Boulevard facing Clairemont Road would attend Clairemont Elementary

I also thought it would be useful to compare the two maps’ statistics on student population. I’ve taken the information boxes at the bottom of each and spliced them together so you can see how the numbers contrast (click on the image to see the larger version):  

ComparisonThere are minuscule differences between the numbers. Oakhurst Elementary still has the largest K-3 population. Glennwood Elementary will still have the most minority and free/reduced lunch students of all the K-3 schools in the system. 

So those are the basics. The meeting will begins at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 and will be held at 758 Scott Boulevard, Decatur, GA 30030.

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