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DeKalb Schools: Avondale High Campus is Not "Surplus"

The property is not listed as a surplus school site that could be sold.

A DeKalb County School District spokesman said Monday the now-closed Avondale High School is not considered surplus property.

Last week, Avondale Estates' Mayor Ed Rieker sent a letter to Interim School Superintendent Michael Thurmond expressing the city's desire to purchase the property at 1192 Clarendon Ave.

But according to district spokesman Quinn Hudson, the property is not listed as a surplus school site that could be sold.

"The Board has not approved the Avondale property as surplus," Hudson wrote in an e-mail to Decatur-Avondale Estates Patch.

"Per board policy DO, there is a two-stage process to dispose of real
assets: 1) declare the property as surplus and 2) approval the sales plan
(sealed bid, auction, realtor, direct sale). At any point along the way,
the Board retains full authority to negate the action."

The city wants to purchase the property because it wants to retain it for public use, a point officials have made in the past year.

Avondale High School was erected in 1954. The district closed the school in May 2011 as part its countywide redistricting of schools.
Melissa O'Shields December 10, 2013 at 10:33 AM
I went to AHS and so did my son. We bought a house next door in the Avonwood Subdivision and have lived her for 28 years. I am pleased to know that the mayor hasn't forgotten about the property owners on the SW side of the city. After the WALMART invasion we need something to brighten and enhance this area. A new private school, dog park, and more green space all sound good to me and would help to keep our property values in line with the rest of the city. BRAVO to Mayor Rieker!!
Juan December 10, 2013 at 04:50 PM
If what Quinn Hudson says is true, where did the mayor get the idea that the school was listed as "surplus" from. Surely the mayor did his due diligence before making such a statement in his letter.
Melissa O'Shields December 12, 2013 at 07:52 AM
Perhaps he got it straight from DeKalb County. http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/www/documents/splost-iv/dcsd-phase-out-champion-notice.pdf

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