A Buckhead advisory board on Tuesday added some stipulations to plans to build a pre-school in the community, a move the school’s attorney said was “inappropriate.”

Atlanta International School on Tuesday won approval from a Buckhead Neighborhood Planning Unit B for the zoning changes it needs to build a new preschool on Peachtree Avenue North East. But board members voted 13 to 9 to recommend the school keep its enrollment count at 1,100. As part of the expansion, the private school wants to add 64 students to its enrollment limit.

NPU Chairwoman Sally Silver said school officials had agreed in 2007

that the 1,100 enrollment cap would meet its needs. Silver said the school currently has a little less than 1,000 students enrolled.

“Here we are four years down the road now we need more because we need a Pre-K,” Silver said.

Silver and board member Bob Stasiowski, who supported Silver’s

motion, said the issue divided the nearby Garden Hills neighborhood.

The neighborhood’s zoning committee wanted to keep the cap in place,

but the full board approved the increase.

School attorney Carl Westmoreland Jr. said the agreement applied to the school’s main campus, not the preschool expansion. He said failure to increase the enrollment cap could delay the project.

“It’s important to allow school development,” he said after the three hour meeting ended. “That’s a very inappropriate vote.”

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com