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Reminder: Decatur School Board discusses elementary school options Tuesday

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Reminder: Decatur School Board discusses elementary school options Tuesday

The Decatur School Board at its April 11 meeting. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
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The Decatur School Board at its April 11 meeting. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Got an opinion about how Decatur’s elementary schools should be reconfigured to handle surging enrollment?

On Tuesday evening, May 9, you’ll have a chance to be heard.

There will be public comments during the School Board’s regular meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

Currently, the board is weighing at least two proposals that would reconfigure the school system’s elementary schools:

1) Turn all of City Schools of Decatur’s current K-3 schools into K-2 schools, make the 4th and 5th grade Academy a 3-5 school and build a second 3-5 school. Another notable aspect of this plan would be retaining College Heights as an early childhood learning center.

2)  Keep the current K-3 configuration while building a new 4-5 Academy and build a new early childhood learning center.

The School Board would keep an early childhood learning program in Decatur under either scenario. CSD conducted a survey about the two proposals last month. Decatur’s steering committee on elementary education supports the first option. But ultimately it will be up to the School Board to pick either option or none of the above. David Dude said it’s important that the board vote before the school year ends so there’s no perception that the board is doing something while the public isn’t paying attention.

The School Board meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and there will be an opportunity for public comments, as there is at every board meeting. The meeting will be held at 125 Electric Avenue Decatur, GA. All meetings are open to the public.

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