City of Dalton voters will have the opportunity to decide if the city, on behalf of Dalton Public Schools, should be allowed to issue a General Obligation Bond to fund the construction of a grades 6-7 school to resolve overcrowding at the secondary schools. The referendum will be a part of the municipal elections on Tuesday, November 7.
The school district has struggled with the issue of balancing a growing enrollment and maintaining the largest middle school and high school in Northwest Georgia. Dalton Middle is the 9th largest middle school in Georgia, and Dalton High is the 64th largest high school in Georgia. The Dalton Board of Education has studied a number of options in the past to address overcrowding at both schools but faced resistance to the associated costs. Now, the board believes building a new grades 6-7 school and reconfiguring the grades at each facility will provide the much needed space across the 6-12 continuum within the board approved $50 million constraint.
The public will have two opportunities within the next week to hear from the district on the grade reconfiguration plan, the details of the new grades 6-7 school and the financial implications of the General Obligation Bond if passed in November.
The Dalton First United Methodist Church will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. at the church.
The public is also invited to a community meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at City Hall in the council chambers.
Interim Superintendent Don Amonett and Chief Financial Officer Theresa Perry will present the information and answer any questions from the public.
"We are excited to provide details about the proposed grades 6-7 school and how the reconfiguration could improve student achievement, student-teacher relationships, safety, school culture and teacher collaboration," said Amonett. "The General Obligation Bond will provide the funding necessary to move forward with construction of the school. These are all just first steps in improving our schools."