Gov. Nathan Deal tours the new facilities at Chamblee Charter High School Aug. 13 among student leaders and press. Photo by Ellen Eldridge
Gov. Deal at Chamblee Charter High School Aug. 13. Photo by Ellen Eldridge

Gov. Nathan Deal toured the new building and facilities at Chamblee Charter High School Aug. 13.

The approximately $70 million renovation was completed in two phases, and includes an academic building, which houses all the classrooms, cafeteria and media center.

A second building includes a gymnasium and track, art classrooms, a multipurpose room for activities such as wrestling and dance classes, locker rooms and a natatorium. The natatorium, or swimming facility, is one of three that will be used by the entire county.

A small group of student leaders joined Deal, his staff, Principal Rochelle Lowery and the press on the tour of the school.

“We know that some of the systems that spend the most per child sometimes have the poorest graduation rates and the poorest test scores,” Deal said. “So money alone is not the answer. It’s a matter of trying to figure the best ways that we can get the most for our money.”

Deal said after his tour of the school, he commends the DeKalb County School Board and all of those who had a part in building the new facility and making it functional.

“From what I’ve seen, it’s attuned to the types of job skills that we’re going to need in the future,” Deal said. “We don’t need our young people going through our schools and then when they get out of college or technical school not being able to keep a job in Georgia.”

Gov. Deal visits the media center at Chamblee Charter High School Aug. 13. Photo by Ellen Eldridge