DeKalb County School District Superintendent Steve Green gives remarks during a press conference at Cross Keys High School to celebrate the E-SPLOST passage on May 25, 2016. (KENT D. JOHNSON/kdjohnson@ajc.com)

DeKalb Schools could ask public for $265M more for E-SPLOST projects

The DeKalb County School District is holding public meetings beginning Aug. 26 on how it will address construction material cost increases for its Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax V projects.

One plan includes asking for up to $265 million to cover the shortfall and additional projects.

“A key part of the proposed options is a potential referendum to approve a general obligation (“GO”) bond issue to complete the current E-SPLOST program and to complete additional projects to address urgent facility needs,” the district said in a release this morning.

Five meetings will be held through Sept. 10 at high schools across the county, including:

• Clarkston High School, Aug. 26, 2019, 7:00 pm 

• Chamblee High School, Aug. 27, 2019, 7:00 pm 

• Miller Grove High School, Aug. 28, 2019, 7:00 pm 

• Columbia High School, Sept. 4, 2019, 7:00 pm 

• Lakeside High School, Sept. 10, 2019, 7:00 pm 

The proposed options for dealing with the cost overruns, which include scaling back and eliminating some projects altogether, are detailed on the district’s website. 

 A public input survey , which opened July 22, also is available online, and will be available through Sept. 15.

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