Tickets Now On Sale for Renfroe Production of “Guys & Dolls”

Katy writes in…

Tickets are now on sale for the Renfroe Middle School Chorus and Drama Department’s production of Guys and Dolls, Jr., Saturday, 1/28, 7 pm, and Sunday, 1/29, 3 pm, at Decatur High School. Don’t miss Renfroe students performing such favorites as “Luck Be A Lady,” “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” and more!

Purchase tickets online in advance ( or at the door.

Eye on the School

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Renfoe Middle School, Decatur GA (photo courtesy of Murray)

Renfroe Principal Announces He’s Leaving At End of School Year


Decaturish is reporting that Renfroe Middle School Principal Derrick Thomas sent a note to parents this morning announcing he’s taken a principal job in the Henry County school system.  Here’s the letter as it was posted on Decaturish…

May 12, 2015

Dear Renfroe Middle School Families and Friends,

I was offered a Principal position in the Henry County Public Schools District and have decided to accept it. This decision was an emotional one for me as I have come to know Renfroe and the Decatur Community as my family.

Everyday for the past seven years, I have had the privilege to work with the finest students any Principal could ask for. I am truly blessed for my experiences at Renfroe Middle School, the best middle school in the state of Georgia!  I want to thank each and every one of you for your continuous support and entrusting me with your children. I have formed many relationships with families and community members and I will cherish the many memories I have made during my tenure. Renfroe will always hold a special place in my heart.

Let me assure you that I will continue to serve as your Principal throughout the remainder of our school year. Our Superintendent, Dr. Edwards, will be working with the Renfroe School Leadership Team to find a new Principal who will lead Renfroe Middle School.

Again, I can’t say enough how grateful I am for my time at Renfroe. I will certainly miss my staff, the parents, and community members. However, more than anything I will miss my students. I have watched them grow up right before my eyes just like I’ve watched my own children and I am truly amazed at the growth my students have made over the years. They have truly impacted my life and for that, I am forever grateful.

Please accept my sincere thanks and appreciation as I embark upon this new endeavor in my career.


Derrick L. Thomas

Portable Classroom Installation Begins at Renfroe Middle School

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Kathleen sends along this pic of her two girls standing in front of the start of construction to install the new trailers/learning cottages/portables at Renfroe Middle School.

Back in February it was reported that Renfroe would need between 10 and 13 new portable classrooms for the coming school year and that all 30 new trailers would be installed by July.

Renfroe Expansion Options and Proposed Master Plan Now Online

Renfroe Middle School’s Expansion Proposed Master Plan is now online where you can view 3D and overhead site plans of the 4 expansion options.  All four 3D versions are laid out below.

Check out the full presentation here, which includes cost breakdowns, individual option pros & cons, and a summary of option comparisons.

You can also view a traffic impact study of the proposed project here.

Option #1 – Total Cost: $31.4 million / Total Square Footage: 214, 092


Option #2 – Total Cost: $45 million / Total Square Footage: 218,155


Option #3 – Total Cost: $37.3 million / Total Square Footage: 223,750


Option #4 – Total Cost: $34.7 million / Total Square Footage: 207,328


CSD Postpones Late September Decatur High & Renfroe Design Concept Presentation Meetings

From CSD…

The previously scheduled community meetings on 9/24 and 9/25 have been postponed. The Renfroe Middle School design firm and Decatur High School design-build team have requested additional time to refine and further develop their architectural plans prior to bringing them to the CSD Board of Education and community for their review and comments. City Schools of Decatur will communicate the new dates and times of the community meetings as soon as they are scheduled.

City Schools of Decatur is developing a Master Plan to prepare for the needed capital improvements to accommodate the growing student population at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

Comments, concerns and questions continue to be gathered and posted on the Master Planning website found here:

Additionally, previous community forums were recorded and the videos have been posted to the Master Plan website. Readers may also find a link on the website to archived Master Plan work accomplished prior to August 2014, as well as a comment widget to collect the community’s feedback on the Master Plan.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia