DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — The DeKalb County School Board approved Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson’s redistricting plan Feb. 10.
Tyson said the goal of her plan was to minimize disruption to families until a long-term solution can be implemented to address overcrowding, but Dunwoody parents have been critical of the process.
The plan provides relief to Dunwoody and Hightower elementary schools. About 100 students will be moved from Dunwoody to the new Austin Elementary School, and about 100 will be moved from Hightower outside the cluster to Doraville United.
Although not included in the plan presented last month, the approved redistricting moves fourth and fifth graders at Dunwoody Elementary School to the Nancy Creek facility currently being used by Kittredge Magnet School. The magnet students will move to the former John Lewis facility, beginning the 2020-2021 school year.
This will allow Dunwoody Elementary to remove all portable classrooms in time for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, the school district said. It will cost around $1 million to retrofit the John Lewis facility for the elementary students.
The Dunwoody Elementary and Nancy Creek facilities are located 2.8 miles apart. The district is looking into providing transportation options to relieve stress on parents with students in both locations.
The redistricting plan commits the district to developing a comprehensive master plan during the 2020-2021 school year. The master plan will look at long-term enrollment forecasts, facility assessments, capital project prioritization, budgeting and redistricting.