DeKalb County, GA, June 14, 2017 – The Post Reports – The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) has announced they will work closely with Cross Keys-area residents on the acquisition of an inhabited property where it plans to build a new elementary school in Doraville, an effort to reduce overcrowding.
The DeKalb County Board of Education members approved an approximately $8.2 million Purchase and Sales Agreement for DCSD to purchase a 9.7 –acre property at 3630 Shallowford Road. DCSD plans to build its new “Cross Keys North” (working title) elementary school on the property beginning in 2018, according to a release.
“The new campus will primarily provide relief to Dresden Elementary and Cary Reynolds Elementary, both of which are overcapacity and reliant on portable units for additional classroom space,” the release says. “The two schools have a combined 42 portable classroom units on their grounds as well as one restroom unit at each school.”
DCSD says this acquisition will include close coordination with the owners and residents of a 104-unit apartment complex currently in operation at the site. Monetary incentives will be offered jointly by the apartment complex owners and DCSD to help residents relocate by the end of August. The current owners of the complex and DCSD representatives are meeting with tenants to help them understand the process.
“We are excited to add a state-of-the-art elementary school that will get our students out of portable units and into permanent classrooms, which is always our aim,” said R. Stephen Green, DCSD superintendent/CEO in the release. “At the same time, we are mindful of the impact this work will have on families, many of whom have children enrolled in our schools. We plan to be good neighbors through this delicate process.”
To allow construction of the new 900-seat elementary school by the fall 2020 opening date, current tenants will be provided financial incentives to encourage them to relocate using incentives based on the type of lease in place (month-to-month versus a longer term). However, no tenant will be required to move out of their apartment prior to the expiration of their lease.
In Brookhaven, DeKalb County Schools is also working on dealing with overcrowding in the Cross Keys Cluster. In May, the DeKalb BOE announced agreements with the City of Brookhaven and the Georgia State Properties Commission to acquire 11.2 acres at Skyland Park for a new elementary school for the construction of John Lewis Elementary.
Included in the $7.5 million total purchase price, DeKalb Schools will get Skyland Center, formerly Skyland Elementary School that houses a State of Georgia Vital Records facility, as well as Brookhaven’s Skyland Park.
DeKalb County Schools says the new John Lewis elementary school, which should be completed in Fall of 2019, will provide relief for several other existing elementary schools including Dresden, Montclair, and Woodward. The plan is for the school to seat 900 students at a cost of approximately $22 million.