Smith said the school district provided Bottoms with the information just before the holidays. The materials included a draft ordinance and a list of 50 remaining properties whose deeds the school district does not have in its control.
The deeds must be transferred via a city ordinance, which requires a city council vote, Smith said.
“We obviously want to be supportive, and we hope that we are able to get this accomplished,” he said Tuesday.
The city held onto some deeds to school properties after it separated from the school district in the 1970s. APS butted heads with Bottoms’ predecessor, Kasim Reed, over the deeds.
In 2015, the school district sued for deeds to four properties it no longer needed and that it wanted to sell. Reed wanted redeveloped properties with multifamily housing to include affordable units, and the school district ultimately approved a related affordable housing policy.
Court documents indicate the city has transferred at least four properties to the school district. APS still seeks deeds to 50 properties scattered throughout the city. The mix includes surplus sites and properties in use.
The list sent to Bottoms includes Garden Hills Elementary School, a historic neoclassical designed school that serves Buckhead students; Ralph J. Bunche Middle School on Niskey Lake Road SW, and Therrell High School on Panther Trail SW.
A breakdown of how many of the 50 properties are surplus or for sale was not available Wednesday, according to Smith.