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Dunwoody-Chamblee School Project Update
This memorandum provides important updates on the elementary school project in the Dunwoody-Chamblee area, initiated in 2019, to address the anticipated enrollment growth in the Dunwoody area. As part of our commitment to transparency and fiscal responsibility, we are sharing the latest developments related to the project’s general contractor and architectural firms.

To: Dunwoody-Chamblee Community Families and Partners
From: Dr. Devon Q. Horton, Superintendent
Subject: Update on the Dunwoody-Chamblee Elementary School Project
Date: August 2, 2023

This memorandum provides important updates on the elementary school project in the Dunwoody-Chamblee area, initiated in 2019, to address the anticipated enrollment growth in the Dunwoody area. As part of our commitment to transparency and fiscal responsibility, we
are sharing the latest developments related to the project’s general contractor and architectural firms.

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) has terminated project contracts with CGLS Architects and Evergreen Construction.  DCSD notified both entities of this decision on April 14, 2023. This decision was made for several reasons, which are detailed below.

Despite these recent actions, this project has not been canceled. As always, we prioritize delivering our students with the best possible learning environments while maintaining a prudent approach to managing and allocating our resources.

Background, Timelines, and Developments

In 2019, the school project in the Dunwoody-Chamblee area was proposed as a 950-seat prototype design to meet the expected increase in enrollment in that area. At the time, DCSD’s primary objective was to provide immediate capacity relief to accommodate projected
enrollment growth. Subsequently, in 2020-2021, we hired CGLS Architects and Evergreen Construction to design and execute the plans, which were then submitted to the City of Dunwoody for permitting and construction.

However, since the project's inception, several factors have evolved that have led us to reassess the current needs of our school district. These include:

 Shifting Student Enrollment Patterns: During this timeframe, DCSD has documented unexpected changes in student enrollment and enrollment patterns.
 Timing: It is also important to note that this project was initiated before the pandemic and prior to the District's Comprehensive Master Plan in 2021, which called for a much more thorough approach to addressing facility capacity needs across all DCSD schools.
These included Facility Condition Assessments, Educational Suitability Assessments, Demographic Projections, Enrollment, Capacity and Utilization, and Public Input.
•  District Leadership Changes: Leadership transitions within DCSD prompted a comprehensive review of all ongoing projects, including the Dunwoody-Chamblee Elementary project.
•  Contractual Fees with No Progress: During many delays, the school district found itself in an indefensible position of paying the general contractor over $100,000 per month in contractual fees, with no construction work being done. This lengthy financial burden
was unjustifiable and diverted funds that could have been used to address other educational needs.
•  Significant Change Order and Redesign: As the project faced obstacles, it became apparent that moving forward would require significant change orders and redesign, which would involve considerable modifications and cost increases. Essentially, this would involve starting the project over with an uncertain timeline and budget.

What’s Next?

The materials purchased for the project will not go to waste, as the District will repurpose them for future projects.

As part of our pledge to make informed decisions, DCSD will commission a new enrollment analysis. The findings will inform future decisions and recommendations regarding school construction projects, including the Dunwoody-Chamblee Elementary project.

Future actions related to this project will be firmly grounded in adhering to 


Summer Information
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Summer Learning

We encourage all students to explore our summer learning opportunities. While the packets below are not required, they are strongly encouraged! Many of the packets below were created by a dedicated team of teachers at Dickerson Middle School. Our teachers will teach the same content found in the packets.

ELA - All Grades 

Math - 6th grade, Math - 7th grade, Math - 8th grade, High School Math - 8th grade

Science - 6th grade, Science - 7th grade, Science - 8th grade

Social Studies - 6th grade, Social Studies - 7th grade, Social Studies - 8th grade

Summer Bridge Program - Rising 6th Grade

Students joining us for their 6th grade year are encouraged to attend our Summer Bridge event on July 26, 2023 from  10am - 12pm. For questions please contact: [email protected].

School Tours
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DCSD Launches Edulog Parent Portal App
EduLog
Parent Bus Tracking Application
The app is designed to give parents and guardians information about their child’s school bus ride.
The app allows parents and guardians to follow their child’s bus on a real-time map and stay up-to-date with notifications when that bus nears the bus stop, the school, or a custom alert zone. Parents and guardians only receive access by registering with data unique to their child.