Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Eight Schools to Close in Dekalb including Avondale High School.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The plan approved Monday closes eight schools: Atherton, Glen Haven, Gresham Park, Peachcrest, Medlock and Sky Haven elementary schools, Avondale Middle School and Avondale High School.

The DeKalb County school board on Monday night approved a sweeping redistricting plan that will move 6,000 to 7,000 students, close eight schools and free up an estimated $12.4 million a year.

The vote was almost a year in the making. Board members made several attempts to pass new attendance boundaries but backed off because of criticism and political pressure.

More than 200 parents and community members showed up to protest the most recent round of changes, but the plan passed with a 7-2 margin.

"This took months and months to go from beginning to end," said Chairman Tom Bowen, who supported the plan. "We've had three passes at this. The redistricting you saw here shouldn't wait 10 to 15 years to happen. We've had some pretty dramatic changes today because the district waited so long."

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