Thousands of students will be shuffled to different schools next year as a result of DeKalb County’s move to redistrict its schools and save money, but the Dunwoody and Chamblee areas won’t experience dramatic changes.
The DeKalb Board of Education on March 8 approved a sweeping plan to close eight schools, move around 7,000 students and save the district $12.4 million per year.
Dunwoody and Chamblee were spared from the most dramatic of the changes.
For Dunwoody, attendance boundaries will shift around Austin, Vanderlyn and Dunwoody elementary schools.
Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson’s February recommendation to change some of the attendance boundaries in the Dunwoody elementary school cluster were scrapped in favor of an earlier redistricting plan.
Less than 300 students would be affected by the final changes, according to a district spokesman.
For the Chamblee area, the effort to redistrict and consolidate schools ended up having little impact. A plan to move all of the district’s magnet programs to Avondale middle and high schools was dismissed early in the process.
The “centralized” option would have also disrupted attendance boundaries in the area by moving Kittredge Elementary School.
The board meeting was attended by hundreds of people from around DeKalb County.