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Decatur School Board To Vote on Reopening Westchester

The school system needs to turn the Westchester Building back into an elementary school to handle growing enrollment.

The Decatur School Board will meet in the Westchester administrative complex on Tuesday and vote on a resolution to convert the building back into an elementary school.

The board decided months ago to turn the Scott Boulevard building into a K-3 school for the 2014-15 school year. The resolution is required in the state-required approval process.

Westchester is being put back into action as a school .

The resolution says the system expects to add about 398 students per year over the next five years.

Enrollment at the start of . The system projects enrollment for the 2016-17 school year will be 5,236.

The administrative offices will move into the Beacon Hill Complex which is now under renovation.

The board will also vote to move ahead with renovation of the Renfroe Middle School gym into classrooms.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Westchester Building. Go to the school system webpage to see the agenda.

Steve March 11, 2013 at 01:38 PM
The projects are being paid for with the E-SPLOST, not property taxes.
Stephen Decatur March 11, 2013 at 01:39 PM
RMS had a poorly suited gym before the new gym was built. That old gym is still standing and is the one being converted into classrooms. They may only be moving on it now but it's something that was determined ages ago.
Decaturette March 11, 2013 at 03:46 PM
There's no question that CSD has had to pull its socks up when it comes to planning and enrollment projections but this one is not their fault--it's an omission in the article above. It should have said "The board will also vote to move ahead with renovation of the OLD Renfroe Middle School gym into classrooms."
Ralph Ellis March 11, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Thanks for pointing this out, Decatur Mom.
Roger Darby March 11, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Man, the Museum School is nice and all, but as a Forrest Hills resident, I sure wish COD would've worked something out with respect to the FH Elementary space.

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