School Construction Projects Kick Off in DeKalb


New Dekalb school groundbreaking

Three new DeKalb County School District (DCSD) construction projects were recently initiated with groundbreaking ceremonies.

Using funds from a voter-approved Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax (SPLOST), the projects include:

• New construction of a 35-classroom addition, an auditorium and an amphitheater and renovations to the existing building at Southwest DeKalb High School;
• the addition of a two-story classroom addition and renovations to common
classrooms at Miller Grove High School; and,
• a new ninth-grade wing, new administrative area and new common classrooms at Martin Luther King Jr. High School.

In November 2011, DeKalb County voters approved SPLOST IV to support construction in DeKalb County. The one-cent tax, which will help fund projects through 2017, will fund more than 300 projects district-wide.

“We are so grateful to the citizens of DeKalb County for voting to support the future of education in our community,” said Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson.

SPLOST has provided more than $1.2 billion in revenue to support the Capital Improvements Plan for DCSD since 1997. Since then, 22 new schools, 22 major renovations/modifications along with many other capital renewal projects have been successfully completed. Additionally, SPLOST funds have been used to improve technology in the classroom and replace school buses as needed.

To view the list of projects in SPLOST IV, visit

Photo: DeKalb County School District Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson was joined by Board of Education member Jesse “Jay” Cunningham, Jr. and other community members at a recent groundbreaking ceremony at Southwest DeKalb High School.

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