Report: DeKalb County and Atlanta Public Schools settle dispute over Emory annexation
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The DeKalb County and Atlanta public school systems have reached an agreement to resolve a lawsuit over Atlanta’s annexation of 744 acres that included Emory University, the CDC, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and several other properties.
DeKalb Schools claimed that move cost its schools $2 million tax revenue and filed a lawsuit over the annexation last year.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “A settlement the Atlanta school board approved last week calls for the Atlanta and DeKalb districts to evenly split an estimated $2.7 million in annual property tax revenue collected from the annexed area for five years.”
The AJC report adds, “DeKalb would use its $1.35 million annual share to open health clinics at six schools, according to a copy of the agreement obtained from APS.”
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APS officials weren’t immediately available for comment. A spokesperson for DeKalb County Schools said, “DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is excited about the partnership opportunity with Emory in establishing the six new school-based clinics. We will begin the planning work to identify the six sites in preparation for the opening of the first two clinics beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. DCSD also looks forward to the opportunity to form meaningful and impactful partnerships with other agencies to serve our children in need.”
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