As a real estate broker, and a home owner (although I don’t have any kids), I certainly know the importance and value of good schools. The importance for a good education for the future of our country, and the value in homes based on the school district they are located in.

Dekalb Schools Supt. Stephen Green Visits Cross Keys High School

Dekalb Supt Visits Cross Keys High SchoolOn November 9th, Dr. Stephen Green, Superintendent of the DeKalb County Schools hosted his “On the Scene with Dr. Green” at Cross Keys High School. The Cross Keys Cluster, which the City of Doraville falls in, has long been in need of some serious attention.

That attention has finally come with the purchase of land in the Doraville City Limits for a new elementary school. That purchase has not come with out some controversy, since the District purchased an older, occupied apartment building, and displaced all those residents. Mind you, many of those residents were the very children the new school will serve. The new school will be located on Shallowford Road, actually within walking distance of the Doraville MARTA station, Assembly Doraville and the proposed Downtown Doraville Redevelopment area.

The Cross Keys cluster, which includes Cross Keys High School, Sequoyah Middle School and Woodward, Montclair, Dresden, Cary Reynolds and Oakcliff elementary schools, has been overcrowded for years. The cluster has a capacity for 5,700 students, but more than 7,500 were enrolled in 2015, according to school officials. Last March, the DeKalb County School District approved a redistricting plan for the Cross Keys cluster to address the overcrowding by moving 1,700 students in these schools to other North DeKalb schools.

Green also told the audience that the district is in negotiations to acquire land near the current Cross Keys High School to locate the new Cross Keys High School. The current building will be converted into a new Middle school. Of course, many fear the same fate as the new elementary school and another apartment complex will fall victim.

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