Big Renovations For Decatur High and Renfroe Will Require Bond Referendum, School Board Vote TuesdayDecatur Metro | April 1, 2013 | 10:32 am
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.