Decatur School System Starts Annexation Blog

The school system will provide information about subjects such as enrollment projections, with attached documents. You can leave your comments.

How would annexation affect the City Schools of Decatur?

That's probably the biggest question in the ongoing debate over the proposed annexation of land on the outskirts of the city limits.

The school system is now taking an active part in the conversation. An annexation blog has been started, with financials the first subject. Here are the bullet points:

  1. Annexation accelerates the eventual need for construction (e.g., additional buildings, renovations).
  2. Annexation causes CSD to need additional revenue.
  3. False: just removing paying tuition students will alleviate this challenge.
  4. Annexation causes a cash flow challenge at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.

The school system wants to hear what you have to say. Go to the blog and leave your comments.

Click here to go to the blog on the City Schools of Decatur website.

For more information, you can go to the City of Decatur website where information and Frequently Asked Questions are posted.

Also, Decatur Metro submitted some annexation questions to City Manager Peggy Merriss and has run the anwers.

Molly Badgett October 08, 2012 at 03:10 PM
AnnexMeNot requests that the sponsors of this CSD-moderated blog to provide a more transparent presentation of your position regarding annexation. As it stands now, facts and, perhaps, opinions are presented in a way that requires an unreasonable amount of time for wading through information and analyses. Please clarify things with more direct communication so that the average reader can quickly and accurately know where you stand and what you are trying to say.
Judd October 09, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Hi, Molly. I'm a CSD parent and a member of the workgroup responsible for the information on that blog, whose sponsor is none other than CSD itself. The workgroup plans to make the sort of recommendation that I think you're looking for once our work is completed, sometime before the school board votes in November. For now, the work is ongoing, and the blog is an attempt to be as transparent as possible about what we've done so far. Material tends to be a bit scattered mid-process, but a helpful overview can be found in a download under the entry "CSD Financial Project." I believe there will be a further update at tonight's school board meeting at Westchester.
Kevin Polite October 10, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Judd, I'm in Midway Woods, I'm not sure if you're aware, however, MWNA is attempting to add all of Midway Woods 780 homes to Area D. Are you studying the impact of that? no2decatur (no2decatur.com) is actively getting petitions against, however, we became alarmed when the City Manager attended MWNA meeting last month. Has there been any discussion on your end regarding this?
Judd October 10, 2012 at 02:23 PM
We've been aware that the City is soliciting petitions (for both inclusion and exclusion), that the deadline for petitions is Nov 6, and that the map therefore may change regarding MW and other areas right before the school board is scheduled to vote (Nov 13). This is, of course, a potentially very difficult position to be put in, but we will try to come up with as flexible an analysis and formula for analysis as possible. Still it's impossible to say if we will be able adjust our analysis that quickly before we see whether and to what extent the map is revised.
Rick Baggenstoss October 10, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Correction: Midway Woods Neighborhood Association is NOT trying to add the entire neighborhood. There's no such attempt or goal. Furthermore, Peggy Merriss stated the City had little or no interest in the whole of Midway Woods.


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