Fourteen schools could close and the system would undergo massive redistricting under a proposal unveiled Jan. 3 at the DeKalb County School Board meeting.
Elementary schools listed in the proposal are Livsey, Medlock, Rock Chapel, Bob Mathis, Atherton, Glen Haven, Gresham Park, Sky Haven, Toney, Peachcrest, Wadsworth and Kittredge. Avondale middle and high schools also would close under the proposal.
MGT America was paid $400,000 for the comprehensive study, which dwarfs the study done by the school board in the spring that called for the possible closure of four schools.
“When you compare this to what we did in the spring, it’s not even in the same universe,” school board chairman Tom Bowen said.
MGT America considered square footage of school buildings, demographics and the educational sufficiency of buildings, Bowen said.
“They noted if a school had a real science lab with the proper equipment as opposed to a room that was just being used as a lab,” Bowen said. “They considered if a school had an auditorium, a music room, and things like that. It was extremely detailed.”
According to the proposal, 21 schools in the county are at less than 75 percent occupancy and are not receiving state funding for some programs.
The proposal would eliminate most of the 11,000 empty seats throughout the system. Also, the proposal calls for 12,000 to 16,100 students among the system’s 99,000 student body attending new schools next year.