Atlanta school board makes stance against Buckhead City official

The Atlanta Board of Education this week formalized its opposition to the proposed Buckhead City.

Board members unanimously but without comment approved their list of legislative priorities for the 2022 session of the Georgia General Assembly.

Among those goals: “Oppose legislation that would allow for the deannexation of the Buckhead community from the city of Atlanta.”

In the upcoming session, state lawmakers are expected to consider a bill introduced last month that would allow Buckhead residents to vote on whether they should form their own city.

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported, proponents of Buckhead City said they intend for children who live within the new city’s limits to remain enrolled in Atlanta Public Schools.

But district officials contend that’s not possible without legal and political wrangling. They said without a law change or an agreement with Fulton County Schools, Buckhead students would go to the Fulton district.

The Buckhead area accounts for about 5,500 APS students and estimated tax revenue of $232 to $300 million.