County by county news for Sunday


Sale of International School in doubt

Atlanta’s school system is reconsidering whether to sell Buckhead property to Atlanta International School that the private school currently leases.

Atlanta Public Schools’ tentative budget includes $6 million in anticipated revenue from the property sale, but Board of Education Chairman Reuben McDaniel said Tuesday that the sale is complicated by high property values in the area and potential future needs of the school system.

McDaniel said he believes the school district can sell at least $2.7 million in other property over the next year. If too few properties are sold, the school system would have to further dip into its shrinking reserve funds. Mark Niesse


Suwanee earnsstrong bond rating

Citing the city’s solid history of conservative budgeting, consistently strong reserve levels and prudent financial management, Fitch Ratings recently affirmed Suwanee’s AA-plus general obligation bond rating and gave the city a stable rating outlook. Suwanee has $19.6 million in general obligation and revenue bonds used to acquire green space, to develop parks and to open City Hall at Town Center in 2009. Information: 770-945-8996. Michael Alpert for the AJC


Forsyth has no plans to change property tax rate

Forsyth County Commissioners say with the county tax digest’s growing 3.1%, they intend to keep the county’s millage rate level for 2014 at 7.656. The rate is 0.40% over the rollback millage rate. Three public hearings are planned on on the matter, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. July 2 and at 5 p.m. July 18 at the Forsyth County Administration Building, 110 E. Main St., Cumming. Mark Woolsey for the AJC


Brookhaven police force taking shape

Brookhaven recently swore in two new officers to the police force that was expected to be up and running this month.

Lt. Juan Grullon and Sgt. Chad Latonis will join four others recently hired to serve as command staff for the department.

Both Grullon, a former police supervisor in East Point, and Latonis, a former sheriff’s deputy in Forsyth County, are fluent in Spanish.

The city is still hiring for the 50-member department, and special consideration will be given to bilingual candidates who can work in the new city’s heavily Latino southern end.

April Hunt

City Commission meeting cancelled

Decatur cancelled this Monday’s bi-monthly city commission meeting due to a lack of agenda items. The next regularly-scheduled meeting will be 7:30 pm July 15, at Decatur City Hall, 509 North McDonough Street. Bill Banks for the AJC


Schools announce open house schedule

The Cherokee County School District has determined its open house and walk-through schedule for district schools for the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.

The schedule is posted on the district’s home page at Class schedules and teacher assignments will be available at each school’s event.

School begins Aug. 5, and individual schools’ front offices will be open daily starting July 23. Mark Woolsey for the AJC

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