Atlanta Mayor supports Druid Hills annexation
This story was published at 5:09 pm on Nov. 18.
A proposal to annex Druid Hills and three DeKalb County schools – Briar Vista Elementary, Fernbank Elementary and Druid Hills High – into Atlanta has the support of the city’s mayor.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office confirmed to Decaturish that Reed supports an annexation map submitted by Together in Atlanta, a group that consists of many of the supporters of creating a Druid Hills Charter Cluster. The DeKalb County School Board wouldn’t consider the group’s petition and it was withdrawn. That map also encroaches on territory sought by the city of Decatur in its proposed annexation map and the proposed city of LaVista Hills. If approved, the annexation could also disrupt the high school feeder pattern for schools in Avondale Estates and other parts of the county.
“The Mayor does support the map proposed by Together in Atlanta,” spokesperson Melissa Mullinax said.
Together in Atlanta sent this letter to Amy Carter, chairwoman of the state House Governmental Affairs Committee.
November 17, 2014
The Honorable Amy Carter
House Governmental Affairs Committee
Georgia House of Representatives
218 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Re: Proposed Atlanta Annexation
Dear Chairman Carter:
On behalf of the steering committee of Together In Atlanta (“TIA”), we respectfully submit the attached map of a proposed Atlanta annexation in west central DeKalb County for your consideration. The proposed map includes Emory University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the complete school zones for Briar Vista Elementary and Fernbank Elementary.
As an organization, TIA’s formation is an outgrowth of the anticipated further municipalization of central and north DeKalb County being handled by your committee. The attached map of a proposed Atlanta annexation helps to prevent an unincorporated island at Atlanta’s eastern boundary, allows the neighborhoods in the proposed annexation area to preserve their elementary school zones within the same local governmental jurisdiction, and creates a manageable service area for municipal services.
Thank you very much for your consideration and for your leadership on the issue of municipalization. We look forward to working with you, other legislators, and City of Atlanta officials to support a legislative resolution that incorporates this proposed Atlanta annexation map and permits it to be put to voter referendum in 2015.
Matthew S. Lewis
Steering Committee Member
Together In Atlanta, Inc.
Here is the map proposed by Together in Atlanta. It follows the boundary lines of the school attendance zones for Fernbank and Briar Vista Elementary Schools.