DeKalb Schools: Magnet programs won’t move for overcrowding

DeKalb County School District officials say they will reconfigure two school clusters, build a new high school and repurpose several other schools — leaving the Chamblee magnet programs where they are — to avoid overcrowding in north DeKalb.

The news came during a presentation Tuesday night at DeKalb school district headquarters, more than a month after parents and residents began debating the merits of moving the Chamblee magnets to Southwest DeKalb High.

The final decision still is up to the school board, who will vote on matters relating to the E-SPLOST education sales tax in December.

The decision was made during the third round of deliberations on alleviating overcrowding in the Cross Keys cluster of schools. The first two rounds consisted of meetings and online surveys to determine need and prioritize potential E-SPLOST V projects.

The third round, which began in August, included public hearings with more than 700 attendees and an online survey completed by 6,000 respondents.

Those who responded through the surveys or at the meetings voiced concern over budgetary constraints, redistricting and moving the Chamblee magnet programs, among other things.

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