Big Renovations For Decatur High and Renfroe Will Require Bond Referendum, School Board Vote TuesdayDecatur Metro | April 1, 2013
CSD is currently projecting 1,891 students enrolled at Decatur High School and 1,666 at Renfroe Middle School by 2018. If these numbers came to fruition, it means that a major renovation must take place at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School before then to accommodate all these upper-level students.
The Decatur School Board is scheduled to vote this Tuesday on a renovation plan for both schools. (In terms of K-3, CSD now believes it can accommodate K-3 students through 2018 with Westchester reopening and the following new assumptions: that there WON’T be a large-scale annexation in that period and that they “maximize capacity” instead of attempting to meet GA DOE requirements.)
Three options are currently on the table for DHS and Renfroe – as you can see in this giant Master Plan presentation - with the administration currently favoring option #3.
For DHS (renovation timeline 2014-2017) Option #3 includes the following features, among others:
- accommodates 95% of the projected students enrolled
- repurposes the career academy and the main building
- main building renovations are delayed until Phase II
- three floor addition added to commons building
For Renfroe (renovation timeline 2014-2015) Option #3 includes the following features, among others:
- accommodates 90% of all the of projected students enrolled
- only renovates the kitchen and cafeteria in Phase 1
- Expands the gym
- Phase 2 would demolish the existing Middle School and provide an entirely new facility.
To pay for these huge renovations, costing upwards of $58 million, the CSD administration states that there is no other option but to hold a bond referendum on November 5th.