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Decatur School Board to Discuss Annexation Monday Night

The board is expected to adopt a position on annexation. The meetings start at 6 p.m. in the Westchester Center.

The Decatur Board of Education is expected to adopt a position on annexation during a meeting Monday, Oct. 29, at the Westchester Center.

At 6 p.m., the board will hold a work session to talk about the effects of annexation on the school system.

A study committee's report, which is posted on the City Schools of Decatur annexation blog, says annexation would add more students than the city government anticipates, probably cause a tax increase, lower per-student spending and accelerate the need to build new schools and renovate old ones.

At 7 p.m., the board will hold a separate meeting and is expected to adopt a recommendation to give to the Decatur City Commission, which alone has decision-making power on whether to proceed with annexation. The committe offered three recommendations:

  • Oppose the annexation areas as currently proposed.
  • Support annexation of partial parcels.
  • Continue to collaborate with the City of Decatur to assess possible annexation areas.

The city is discussing into the city as well as commercial areas, such as the Suburban Plaza and Publix shopping centers.

At a city commission hearing last week, a large number of speakers said they opposed annexation because they didn't want to pay city taxes, which are higher than taxes for unincorporated DeKalb. Some current city residents said there's no need to put pressure on the city school system, which is already growing rapidly.

The school board will also be discussing the system's application to the state for renewal as a charter school system.

Ralph Ellis October 29, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Is the school board's recommendation the major factor in the city commission's decision about whether to proceed with annexation?
Molly Badgett October 29, 2012 at 07:06 PM
It should be, since 2/3 of the taxes you pay to be in the city go to the school system. But the city commission also should consider the desires of many elderly residents potentially facing the loss of their home (or, at the very least, quality of life) if faced with greater monthly expenditures on a fixed income. Younger homeowners in the county, who want to be in the city despite not having bought in the city, have plenty of time to absorb loss in their home values if they sell now. They also have the option to work to improve the county schools if they don't like them. The City of Decatur needs to stop harassing county residents.
Sarahph October 31, 2012 at 12:44 PM
And young families in Midway need to stop harassing their neighbors. If you want to send your kids to Decatur schools, make the sacrifices that we did and make it happen. Either scale down so you can afford a more expensive house in Decatur (like we did), or get in their and change your own neighborhood school (like my older neighbors did). Don't force your neighbors out of their homes.

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