DeKalb County Fire Marshal Joseph Cox, in responding to an email Callihan sent about the permit process, said all portables have been inspected by DeKalb County Fire Rescue. But, he added, none of the district’s portable classrooms placed in Dunwoody since 2015 have certificate of occupancy permits.
Monday, DeKalb County School District officials said portable classrooms placed in the previous three years were approved for occupancy.
District spokesman Andre Riley said 33 portable trailers housing 48 classrooms are being used at schools located in Dunwoody.
In Georgia, portable classrooms are required to be constructed according to commercial building codes. Once they are placed, they are then to be inspected to make sure they comply with occupancy rules.
While city officials say the agreement approved Monday was progress to make sure all steps are done to permit temporary classroom structures, Callihan said it’s a step that wasn’t needed.
“I’m disappointed the city has failed to do what it was supposed to do ... or admit it was wrong,” he said.
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