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DUBLIN CITY SCHOOLS PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS 

The Dublin City Board of Education will hold two public hearings, one at 6:30 P.M. on February 25, 2016, and the second at 10:00 A.M. on March 3, 2016. Both meetings will be held at the Dublin City School District Board Offices, 207 Shamrock Drive, Dublin, Georgia, 31021. The purpose of the hearings will be to allow a full discussion of the Superintendent’s recommendation to close Saxon Heights Elementary School. 

If the recommendation is approved, the students currently attending Saxon Heights Elementary School would attend either Susie Dasher Elementary School or Hillcrest Elementary School. A transfer day will be held on March 21, 2016 from 7:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. and a makeup transfer day will be held on March 24, 2016 from 7:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. for Saxon Heights Elementary School parents (Current Kindergarten – Third grade students) to choose between Susie Dasher Elementary School and Hillcrest Elementary School. In each case, elementary schools will be composed of grades Pre-Kindergarten - 4. Susie Dasher Elementary School will accept up to 96% of the current Saxon Heights Elementary School enrollment and Hillcrest Elementary School will accept up to 47% of current Saxon Heights Elementary School enrollment. All fifth grade students will attend the Fifth Grade Academy at Dublin Middle School. There are no construction projects contemplated in order to complete these moves. 

The Board of Education has not yet determined the future use or disposal of the property on which these schools are located if the facilities are no longer needed for their present purpose. Possible plans would include use by the school system for other instructional or administrative purposes, lease or conveyance to governmental entities for other community purposes or lease or sale to private entities or individuals. 

The Dublin City Board of Education invites the public to attend these hearings and comment on these plans. All speakers will be asked to sign in prior to the beginning of the meeting and only those who have signed in prior to the meeting will be allowed to speak. The Board of Education also requests written comments or suggestions regarding these plans. Such written comments can be sent to Dublin City Board of Education Attn: Reconfiguration 207 Shamrock Drive, Dublin, Georgia 31021 or emailed to donna.harmon@dublincityschools.us. 

§ 20-2-260. Capital outlay funds generally (k.1) Prior to a local board of education's decision becoming effective to close any existing school where such closing results in the transporting of students from the school to be closed to any new or existing school or schools even though no additional capital funding is required as a result of the assignment thereto of those students from any school to be so closed, the local board of education shall conduct the following: (1) The board of education must schedule and hold two public hearings and provide an opportunity for full discussion of the local board of education's proposal to close such school or schools; (2) The public hearings shall be advertised in a local newspaper of general circulation which shall be the same newspaper in which other legal announcements of the board of education are advertised and shall include, but not be limited to: (A) Identification of each school to be closed and location of each new or existing school to which the students in the school or schools to be closed will be reassigned; (B) Proposed size of each new school in terms of number of students and grade configuration; (C) Proposed expansion of existing schools designed to accommodate students being reassigned from the school or schools to be closed; (D) Total cost, including breakdown for state and local shares, for school construction projects required to house students being reassigned from the school or schools to be closed. Local costs shall include identifying proposed sources of funds, whether from bond referendum proceeds or other sources; and (E) Plans for use or disposal of closed school property; and (3) The board of education shall request formal, written comments or suggestions regarding the system's organizational pattern or school sizes and shall allow appropriate discussion during the public hearings.

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