The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will work closely with Cross Keys-area residents on the acquisition of an inhabited property where it plans to build a new elementary school in Doraville.
The DeKalb County Board of Education has approved an approximately $8.2 million purchase and sales agreement for the district to purchase a 9.7 –acre property at 3630 Shallowford Road in Doraville. DCSD plans to build its new “Cross Keys North” (working title) elementary school on the property beginning in 2018.
The new campus will primarily provide relief to Dresden Elementary and Cary Reynolds Elementary, both of which are over capacity and reliant on portable units for additional classroom space. The two schools have a combined 42 portable classroom units on their grounds as well as one restroom unit at each school.
"We are very excited with this news," says Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman. "We've all been aware of the overcrowding issues in DeKalb County for some time and are elated that the school board and staff has taken the initiative to build this new school. And what better place than in Doraville!"
The acquisition will include close coordination with the owners and residents of a 104-unit apartment complex currently in operation at the site. Monetary incentives will be offered jointly by the apartment complex owners and DCSD to help residents relocate by the end of August. The current owners of the complex and DCSD representatives are meeting with tenants to help them understand the process.
“We are excited to add a state-of-the-art elementary school that will get our students out of portable units and into permanent classrooms, which is always our aim,” said R. Stephen Green, DCSD superintendent/CEO. “At the same time, we are mindful of the impact this work will have on families, many of whom have children enrolled in our schools. We plan to be good neighbors through this delicate process.”
To allow construction of the new 900-seat elementary school by the fall 2020 opening date, current tenants will be provided financial incentives to encourage them to relocate using incentives based on the type of lease in place (month-to-month versus a longer term). However, no tenant will be required to move out of their apartment prior to the expiration of their lease.