Shortly after Gov. Nathan Deal announced his suspension of six DeKalb school board members, Dunwoody state Rep. Tom Taylor introduced House Resolution 486, which would allow newly incorporated cities to form their own local school system.
"This is an amendment to the state constitution, that would allow cities and municipalities that have incorporated after Jan. 1, 2005, to form their own independent school system," Taylor said. "Our current constitution doesn't allow that."
Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Milton and Peachtree Corners all incorporated after Jan. 1, 2005. A group called the Lakeside City Alliance is also investigating the creation of a new city around the Lakeside High School area.
"I was going to make this a stand-alone bill for Dunwoody, but after seeing some support from folks in Fulton and Gwinnett, I made the bill a little broader," Taylor said. "The bill also allows you to go across county lines, so there could be a Dunwoody/Sandy Springs school system."
"If approved by legislature and voters via state constitution amendment ballot, any of the newer cities created could form a new school district either alone or in combination with a contiguous city, even if the contiguous cities are in different counties," said Dunwoody City Councilman Terry Nall.