Survey on Decatur school redistricting options closes on Feb. 28

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 15, 2018

Parents with kids in Decatur Schools have until Feb. 28 to complete a survey about different options for future school attendance zones.

City Schools of Decaatur will soon begin work on a new 3-5 school at Talley Street which is expected to be finished by the start of the 2019 school year. The new school will cost $22.5 million and seat 750 students in the first phase.

That will lead to a reconfiguration as the city’s elementary schools convert to a K-2 model that will feed into the Talley Street school and the current 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue.

The survey and rezoning options can be found by clicking here. The options all have strengths and weaknesses. Option 1, for example moves 24 percent of CSD’s elementary students to different schools than they currently attend, which will mean some families will no longer be able to walk to school. But, on the plus side, the majority of students will attend a 3-5 school that’s closer to where they live.

Here’s the full list of options:


After the survey closes, a steering committee will meet on March 14 to develop final options, followed by a March 28 community meeting to gather feedback on those options. The steering committee is tentatively scheduled to develop a final recommendation on April 11.

The March 28 meeting was originally supposed to occur on Jan. 17, but was postponed due to weather. The meeting will be held at the Decatur High School Cafeteria starting at 6:30 p.m. The high school is located at 310 N. McDonough Street.

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