Report: Decatur School Board will ask for $75 million bond referendum

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 16, 2015
City Schools of Decatur Superintendent Phyllis Edwards announced her resignation at the School Board's March 10, 2015 meeting. Photo by Carey O'Neil

City Schools of Decatur Superintendent Phyllis Edwards announced her resignation at the School Board’s March 10, 2015 meeting. Photo by Carey O’Neil

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that City Schools of Decatur Superintendent Phyllis Edwards has convinced School Board members to seek a $75 million bond referendum to pay for school construction.

School Board members approved the amount at their Tuesday meeting, the AJC reports. To read the full story, click here.

By borrowing $75 million, CSD would be able add new facilities to meet 93 percent of the system’s projected enrollment. It would raise taxes on a $500,000 home by $680 per year.

The current enrollment is about 4,000 students. All of the general obligation bond estimates predict a total enrollment of more than 6,000 by 2020.

According to a survey being conducted by the city, about 69.5 percent of 395 people who responded would support a $75 million referendum. The survey found 81.4 percent would support a $60 million referendum.

School Board members have gone back and forth on the amount they’d like to ask voters to approve. The board members had considered asking for an $82 million GO referendum, but backed away from that idea during a Feb. 23 School Board meeting.

Edwards recently announced she would be resigning as the city’s superintendent.

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  • An American Patriot

    Well, the CSD needs to start right now disclosing what $75M will be spent on. It’s going to take a lot of convincing. This is YOUR taxes being raised for the NEXT THIRTY YEARS…..Think about it. This problem was caused by the City of Decatur approving all those apts., TH and Condos and new construction and annexation, etc., etc., ect.

  • guest

    Decatur Schools are simply a victim of their own success. DeKalb County should be so lucky as to have so many people clamoring to to send their kids to its schools that it has to build more.

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