“We are pleased with the outcome because it resolves this annexation dispute, provides certainty for stakeholders, and recognizes APS’ consistent position that APS’ boundaries are coterminous with the city’s,” said Atlanta superintendent Meria Carstarphen, in a written statement. “Further, APS has retained full autonomy to determine how to use its revenue in the best interests of its students, employees, and taxpayers through our budget process.”
The six DeKalb school health clinics would open over a five-year period and be operated by Emory, according to the documents.
In future years, the clinics could be supported through insurance revenue from caring for patients, and the university would try to secure grants and other funding to continue their operation.
The idea is to provide better health care access to vulnerable families and improve student attendance. The DeKalb district already has health clinics at several elementary schools.
Emory would be in charge of building, equipping and staffing the clinics. At least three full-time medical staff would work at each one.
The clinics would diagnose and treat illnesses and minor injuries and provide health screenings and immunizations, among other services.
DeKalb school officials would decide where to locate the clinics, and provide up to 1,400 square feet of space in the schools for each clinic. The first two clinics would open next school year, the district said in a written statement.
The agreement states that Emory will not submit an application to annex university property into the city for three years. If, however, Emory does have property annexed into the city, the university would pay the school health clinic program the equivalent amount of property taxes that would have otherwise been collected by DeKalb schools for the remainder of a three-year period.
An Emory spokeswoman did not answer questions about the agreement by deadline Tuesday.
As part of the agreement, the DeKalb school district would also get about $44,000 in tax revenue for the 2018 tax year, according to APS.