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Published on February 13, 2024
DeKalb County School District to Construct $200M Dual Campus in Doraville to Combat OvercrowdingSource: DeKalb County School District

The DeKalb County School District is embarking on a $200 million construction project to build a dual campus for middle and high school students in Doraville, a move aimed at easing overcrowding and updating aged infrastructure, as Atlanta News First reported. The plan, which hinges on state approval for the site off Aztec Road, anticipates an adaptable learning environment that could evolve with changing educational demands over the years.

Dropdown bulldozers are expected to start their engines in the fall, paving the way for a space that will accommodate roughly 2,800 students, "All the forecasts kept talking about increased enrollment, we did not have the capacity in that area. Of course, aging buildings and combined all together lent itself to we need a new school and add an additional high school," DeKalb's chief operations officer Erik Hofstetter told Atlanta News First. The DeKalb County School District's sizable investment comes from a voter-approved education tax in 2021, aimed at addressing the critical need to alleviate the strain on current educational facilities, which are at their brims and bursting with students.

The new construction will commence on the grounds of the former Cary Reynolds Elementary School and the present Sequoyah Middle School, according to Rough Draft Atlanta. The middle and high schools are slated for completion in 2027 and 2028 respectively, with the middle school to take over first after which the existing Sequoyah Middle School will be razed to make room for essential athletic fields and parking areas. Sequoyah middle schoolers will stay in their current building until they can transition to their new institution.

With AMC Architects and the Gilbane Building Company at the drafting tables, the upper school is shaping up to be a vertiginous five-story structure boasting two dining areas, learning courtyards, performance spaces, three gyms and dual media centers while Doraville City Councilmember Andy Yeoman said the project's completion may necessitate redrawing school district lines to evenly distribute students and Doraville City Councilmember Stephe Koontz expressed optimism, deeming the project a significant step for city development. In addition to educational spaces, plans also feature recreational facilities that include an array of fields and courts. "That allows for a lot more communication between middle and high schools, which helps transitions and other programs and because of its close proximity it may offer opportunities for 8th graders to take high school credits much easier," Hofstetter explained to Atlanta News First.

A special committee is being established to make recommendations on the new schools' names, mascots, and colors, embracing the community's voice in shaping the school's identity. The expected budget, sourced from the E-SPLOST fund, will also flow into other district projects such as renovations at Druid Hills High School and system-wide updates in IT and security infrastructure. The new Doraville educational hub is positioned not only to provide immediate relief to the swelling student bodies but also to accommodate future growth with its forward-thinking design.

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