The school has been closed since the spring of 2011. Can the building be put to good use?
This big, empty building sits just outside the Avondale Estates city limits. The DeKalb County School Board closed Avondale Middle School after the 2010-11 school year. It and Avondale High were among the schools taken off line for budgetary reasons. According to the DeKalb School system website, the one-story brick school opened on Oct. 30, 2000 and served 550 sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Could the building be put to a new use by a private concern? Would another school be willing to take over? Remember, Forrest Hills Elementary just outside Avondale Estates also shut its doors, only to be taken over by the Museum School. What should go there? About this column: Every week or so, we'll post a picture of a vacant store or lot in …
Students who used to attend Avondale High and Middle schools have been redistricted to new schools.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Avondale Estates teenagers attending public schools will face big changes Monday when classes start at DeKalb County Schools. With the closure of Avondale High and Avondale Middle schools, students will be scattered to entirely new schools. Towers High and Bethune Middle will absorb the most transfers from Avondale Middle and High schools. Kandace Donahue, 18, was a sophomore at Avondale High and is happy she'll be going to Druid Hills High School, where she expects more academic rigor and a better education. "Most people at Avondale High School didn't try much," Donahue said. "It was rare when you saw people who tried." Jennae Binns, 14, was an Avondale Middle eighth grader, and is disappointed she won't be attending Avondale High. …