Decatur Parents Invited To Discuss School Renovations

Oakhurst Elementary, the 4/5 Academy and Renfroe Middle will be enlarged or renovated.

The Decatur School System is inviting parents to forums next week on building plans at three schools.

Here is the schedule of meetings:

  • Oakhurst Elementary. At the school from 6-7 p.m. Monday, June 25.
  • 4/5 Academy. At the school from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26.
  • Renfroe Middle. At the school from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27.

The school system is preparing a new capital improvement program and these schools will be enlarged or renovated.

At , for example, four classrooms will be demolished and eight new classrooms added. Four classrooms will be added to the . The old gym may be converted into four to six classrooms.

The work will be paid for mostly with money from the countywide SPLOST (special local option sales tax) that voters approved last year.

Parents with questions are urged to contact Jason Ware, director of Maintenance and construction for the schools, at 404-370-4408 extension 2.

Decaturette June 21, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I'm with Bulldogger on shortsidedness--Westchester was closed on a whim, not good planning, and FAVE wasn't open even a year before plans to enlarge it surfaced. And I agree that the front face of Oakhurst Elementary is gorgeous and should be preserved. But, now that we are where we are, we should provide space for our current students. It's not their fault if their school officials and/or School Board and/or even their parents have not supported a logical path for CSD but have been more politically motivated. First reopen Westchester and then add on to other schools as needed. Thank goodness SPLOST is there to help. Parents and community members better attend these meetings. If you don't give feedback, you may not like what you get and there will be little recourse. You had your chance to speak up.
bulldogger June 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Ralph, OLD is beautiful and that is a great looking school building.
Ralph Ellis June 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM
You're right, it is a classic school building, like the school Beaver attended.
Funky Cold Medina June 22, 2012 at 04:40 PM
YES Slim - I think the trend is called a market-based economy providing people the freedom to do what they want with their property under existing zoning rules.
Another Decatur parent June 25, 2012 at 02:18 PM
As a parent who attended EVERY meeting when the board decided to close Westerchester after no discussion and the recommendation was to close Clairmont, I have ceased participating in CSD politics. You can only be lied to and misled for so long before you give up. The board and superintendent will do as they please. Any pretense of listing to the community is a shame. Sorry to be so harsh but every concern we had with the problems their decisions would create came to fruition. Some people in our community were listened to, just not the majority and not in a public setting. The fact that they need to expand a school open less than a year only underscores the fact that the serious flaws in the CSD system have not changed in the past ten years.


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