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Nearly half of Decatur City School students moving to new locations in 2018

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According to our news gathering partners at the Decatur Daily, much of the  Decatur City Schools' student body will start the 2018-19 school year in a new location.

The district has embarked on the largest building expansion in its history, at a cost of about $100 million. 

This unprecedented move will impact nearly half of all students in the district and every student in grades 9-12, a mobilization of students that has not seen since integration in the 1960s. 

Decatur City Schools project manager Lee Edminson likened the ambitious plan to disassembling a puzzle before putting it back together. 

Per the Decatur Daily: 

Based on enrollment numbers, the plan former Superintendent Dan Brigman rolled out this month will move almost 2,500 high school students to new schools — 476 Brookhaven students to the current Austin High site; 416 Somerville Road Elementary students to the Oak Park campus; and 638 Oak Park Middle students to the current Decatur High site.

Morale in the district has reportedly "skyrocketed" since the students and faculty learned of their upcoming moves. 

One of the biggest adjustments for both Brookhaven and Oak Park students is that classrooms will have windows for the first time. ... Classrooms with windows are just one thing Brookhaven students will get for the first time. ... The faculty and students are looking forward to having a “nice computer lab” and having access to a full science laboratory for the first time.

Edminson expects a smooth transition, as each site will have a dedicated logistics person assigned to manage the move. 

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