(VIDEO) – Decatur leaders talk annexationLeft to right: City Commissioner Patti Garrett, School Board Member Garrett Goebel, School Board Member Annie Caiola, School Board Member Julie Rhame, School Board Member Lewis Jones, Commissioner Scott Drake, Commissioner Fred Boykin. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
Four City Schools of Decatur Board of Education members and three Decatur City Commissioners discussed annexation during a “Community Listening Session” on Sunday evening.
The session was organized by Geoff Koski and Deanne Thomas and held at The Church at Decatur Heights.
Decatur is expected to release its revised annexation master plan sometime today, and the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education is expected to vote on whether to support that plan at its Dec. 9 meeting. The Decatur schools system’s current enrollment is 4,336 students. A consultant’s report on enrollment estimates that the city’s school system will grow to 7,398 students by 2020 without annexation in a high-growth scenario. If the city is able to annex the 1.6 square miles in its current plan, it would increase that number by 747.
Video of last night’s presentation: