The DeKalb County School District will break ground on the new Cross Keys North Elementary in Doraville on May 21. The school is intended to relieve overcrowding in the Cross Keys cluster of schools, which serves Brookhaven.
The public is invited to the groundbreaking, which will be held at 10 a.m. at the school’s future site at 3630 Shallowford Road, a press release said. The event will feature student performances from Cary Reynolds, Huntley Hills and Dresden elementary schools along with remarks from Superintendent/CEO R. Stephen Green, Board of Education representatives and Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman, according to the release.
The 900-seat school is expected to open in 2020.
The site was formerly the Shallowford Gardens apartment complex. The district paid $8.2 million in 2017 to buy the complex and demolish it, drawing criticism from the founder of Los Vecinos de Buford Highway, an organization supporting residents living along the corridor.
DeKalb Schools has said Cross Keys North Elementary is needed to alleviate overcrowding at the elementary schools in the cluster.
The new elementary school is expected to primarily address overcrowding at Dresden Elementary in Chamblee and Cary Reynolds Elementary in Doraville, which both have needed to use “portable classrooms,” or trailers, to have room for all the students.
Other schools in the Cross Keys cluster are Montgomery Elementary, Woodward Elementary, Sequoyah Middle and Cross Keys High.
Overcrowding at Ashford Park, Montclair, Fernbank and Woodward elementary schools was addressed last year by redistricting students to the new John Robert Lewis Elementary opening in Brookhaven this year.