City Schools of Decatur holding closed meeting on Wednesday

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 26, 2015
City Schools of Decatur Board of Education during its July 8 meeting. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

City Schools of Decatur Board of Education during its July 8 meeting. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

There will be a closed meeting of the City Schools of Decatur on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 pm to discuss legal matters and real estate.

The closed meetings, known as executive sessions, are legal under Georgia law.

The meeting will be held at the CSD central office, located at 125 Electric Avenue Decatur, GA 30030.

City Schools of Decatur is currently looking for additional space to build new school facilities due to increased enrollment. The Board of Education recently gave its endorsement of an annexation master plan that board members hope will yield space for a new school. The Decatur schools system’s current enrollment is around 4,300 students. A consultant’s report on enrollment estimates that the city’s school system will grow to 7,398 students by 2020 without annexation in a high-growth scenario. Annexation will add an additional 747 students to the city’s borders. Decatur is currently pursuing an expansion of its high school and middle school. The cost of completing both plans would be more than $90 million.

Superintendent Phyllis Edwards mentioned the need for an executive session about an unspecified real estate matter during the School Board’s last regular meeting.

Typically, a government body must convene an open meeting and then vote to go into an executive session to discuss matters that are allowed to be discussed privately under the Georgia open meetings law. The board reconvenes and can take an official action before adjourning.

School Board Chairman Garrett Goebel said he doesn’t anticipate the board will take any official action before the School Board adjourns on Wednesday.

“My understanding is we’re not going to be called upon to vote on anything,” he said.

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  • RAJ

    Interesting to note that annexation cannot be discussed in closed session. Current law provides that any citizen can ask the Superior Court to review the minutes of the meeting “in camera” for any violation of current open meetings law.

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