The vote moves seven local schools – the elementary and middle schools that feed into Druid Hills High School – one step closer to establishing a new "cluster" of schools operating with more independence from the DeKalb County School System.
The cluster would include about 5,000 students at the high school, Druid Hills Middle School and Avondale, Briar Vista, Fernbank, Laurel Ridge and McLendon elementary schools.
Out of 1,130 qualified ballots cast, 1,036 or 92 percent voted "yes" at Druid Hills High. Only 60 percent approval was required by state law.
The vote allows the charter cluster's organizers to submit a petition to the school system, which will consider the cluster for approval. If the school board approves the cluster, the state must also sign off on it.