DUNWOODY, Ga. — The DeKalb County School District has begun the process of redistricting for its elementary schools.

School Name

Current Enrollment

School Capacity

Available Seats

Portable Classrooms

Hightower

748

513

-235

11

Dunwoody

1,177

975

-202

12

Vanderlyn

689

508

-181

11

Chesnut

452

392

-60

5

Kingsley

442

467

+25

0

New Austin

711

950

+239

0

Total

4,219

3,805

-414

39

For schools in the Dunwoody cluster — Austin, Chesnut, Dunwoody, Hightower Kingsley and Vanderlyn — three public meetings have been scheduled.

The first meeting, Sept. 26, was for an introduction and preliminary feedback. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 23, for a presentation of alternative options, and the final meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 20, for a presentation of the staff recommended plan.

Both meetings will be at the Dunwoody High School Auditorium at 7 p.m.

The redistricting plan is expected to go before the School Board for a first read in January 2020 and for approval in February.

Redistricting has come about with the anticipated opening of the new Austin Elementary School in January 2020. The school will have 950 seats, 450 more than the current school which has 500 seats, but 711 students enrolled.

The approved plan would go into effect August 2020. Rising 5th graders would have the option to continue at their school, but no transportation would be provided by the school district.

The official criteria for school districts are primarily geographic proximity, instructional capacity and projected enrollment.

When the primary criteria indicate more than one option, the secondary criteria are safety and traffic patterns, previous redistricting, intact neighborhoods, special programs, condition of facility, school feeder alignment and efficient and economical operations.

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