Decatur conducting survey on school enrollment

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 8, 2015
School Board members listen to a presentation by consultant Jeff Prine. during their Feb. 23 meeting. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

School Board members listen to a presentation by consultant Jeff Prine. during their Feb. 23 meeting. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

City Schools of Decatur is asking for the public’s opinion on what to do about increasing student enrollment.

Current City Schools of Decatur enrollment is 4,300 students. CSD consultants project it will be more than 6,000 by 2020. The city is considering what dollar figure to attach to a bond referendum to help pay for school construction. The bond could be placed on the ballot as early as this November, but the details, including how much the system would like to borrow, are still in flux. Cost estimates have ranged as low as $60 million and upwards of $80 million.

The city of Decatur has published a survey on its website.

Among the questions on the survey:

Would you support $60 million in bond financing that meets 89% of the projected low growth enrollment needs and increases property taxes on a $500,000 home by approximately $545 per year?

Would you support $75 million in bond financing that meets 93% of the projected low growth enrollment needs and increases property taxes on a $500,000 home by approximately $680 per year?

Would you support $82 million in bond financing that meets 100% of the projected low growth enrollment needs and increases taxes on a $500,000 home by approximately $744 a year?

The city is also asking for input on possible alternatives to new school construction, like adding more portable classrooms or dividing students into split shifts that would educate different groups of students at different times during the school day.

Some of the feedback the city has received thus far …

Out of 19 responses, 72 percent favor a $60 million bond referendum. The same poll found that 47 percent would support an $82 million bond referendum

According to the survey so far, 82 percent would support more portable classrooms, and 41 percent would support split shifts. According to the poll, 52 percent of respondents have children currently enrolled in City Schools of Decatur.

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  • Chris

    If the residents of Decatur are going to be deciding if we are willing to finance the expansion of the City Schools, I think we should be able to vote on several proposals of how said expansion will be paid for. How about a city sales tax? An income tax? Or maybe some combination of sale, income, & property? The city should send options to the voters and let us decide how we want to be taxed. The people of Decatur support their schools with immense pride and should be given serious options instead of uninformed “yes/no” choices with no presented alternatives.

  • An American Patriot

    Yeah, I agree, a 1% SPLOST would be more to my liking. A raise in property taxes to pay for school expansion/renovations is a THIRTY YEAR COMMITMENT. Folks, that’s a long time.

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