Hmmm. Interesting… Below are excerpts from a post in the Dunwoody Crier:
A decision by a DeKalb County school official to renege on an agreement with Dunwoody voters to rebuild Austin Elementary School on its current site on Roberts Drive may have been rescinded.
Stephen M. Wilkins, chief operating officer of the system wrote a Dunwoody resident last week in response to a question about where the school was to be placed.
“You are correct that the new Austin Elementary School will not be built on the current school site.” Wilkins replied. “our architectural/engineering study confirms that powerlines and piping on the current property restrict and/or prohibit the construction requirements for the new school.”
Wilkins added that the staff would use the next year to review and develop options for placing the new school.
And then there’s Thurmond’s response:
“The only people who can make a decision on a matter like this are members of the DeKalb County board of education,” he said in an interview. “The board has had no such discussion, but we will bring it up tonight for that.” Thurmond insisted Austin will be re-built where it is. “We have one prototype for new schools in the county,” he said, “but that prototype can be modified. We will be looking at several options that will allow us to build on the Austin site.” …
When asked if the DeKalb board would change its position on Austin, Thurmond said, “Absolutely not.”
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