The $52 million makeover planned for Chamblee High School will increase the size of the school’s property, raise the school building to four stories and add state-of-the-art engineering labs, a DeKalb County schools construction official told members of the Chamblee Business Association on June 16.

And, said Amy Sue Mann, director of preconstruction for the county school system, “more parking than we’ve ever had in there before.”

School officials plan to hold a public meeting in July to discuss the effects of construction and other issues, she said.

Mann said the rebuilding of the school was budgeted to cost about $52 million, but with the cost of the added land, the building’s furnishings, computers, labs and other expenses, the overall project would cost about $68 million.

Mann said the district was building a school to house 1,600  students, but is building “core facilities,” such as the kitchen and media center, large enough to accommodate a possible future expansion to 2,000 students.

The project will add about 5 ½ acres to the 14 acres the district now has for the school building, making a total of about 19 acres, she said.

Chamblee Principal Rochelle Lowery said some students will take classes in temporary classrooms during the several years expected to be needed for the construction. “We will all have the experience of going in and out of trailers,” she said.

–Joe Earle

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.