City Schools of Decatur wants to rent East Lake Elementary from Atlanta Public Schools

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 4, 2015
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Photo by Dan Whisenhunt. has learned that City Schools of Decatur is in the process of leasing East Lake Elementary from Atlanta Public Schools.

Representatives of City Schools of Decatur will attend an East Lake Neighbors Community Association meeting on Monday, Nov. 9, to present their proposal for the school. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Drew Elementary cafeteria.

APS closed East Lake Elementary in 2012 as part of a rezoning, according to

The East Lake Elementary building is one mile from Oakhurst Elementary on 4th Avenue. It closed due to redistricting by Atlanta Public Schools and was merged with Toomer Elementary in Kirkwood. Former Superintendent Phyllis Edwards told Decaturish in February that CSD was exploring several options to alleviate overcrowding, including renting the East Lake facility.

Attempts to reach CSD officials for comment about the Nov. 9 meeting have been unsuccessful.

CSD is projecting it will have about 6,296 students enrolled by 2020. Currently the school system has about 4,300 students. On Nov. 3, voters overwhelmingly approved a $75 million general obligation bond to build additional schools and renovate existing facilities. It includes $15 million for a new elementary school. The school board has about six acres along Talley Street under contract.

Tracy Gould Sheinin, president of the East Lake Neighbors Community Association, said City Schools of Decatur Chief Operating Officer Noel Maloof will be in attendance.

According to the ELNCA meeting announcement, “Representatives of City Schools of Decatur (CSD) and Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will be present along with Matt Westmoreland, APS Board Member. CSD is interested in renting East Lake Elementary school.”

Attempts to reach Westmoreland have been unsuccessful.

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