Legislature Approves DeKalb–Decaturish County School District Redistricting Map


Atlanta, Georgia— The Georgia General Assembly approved the DeKalb County School District map on March 1 after going through the redistricting process.

Representatives and senators who represent DeKalb County drew their versions of the map in each respective chamber.

Sen. Emanuel Jones (SD-10) introduced Senate Bill 466 in early February that redesigned school board districts and maintained the seven districts. SB 466 was eventually adopted by the General Assembly.

The DeKalb County School Board did not submit a map directly to the DeKalb House delegation, so Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates) took the current districts, submitted them to the state redistribution office and had them corrected for any change in population, which she submitted under House Bill 1235.

The only difference she is aware of is that the Senate map had more public input than the House bill, Drenner previously said.

The DeKalb County School Board Chairman worked with Jones to craft a map for the DeKalb Senate delegation, school board member Allyson Gevertz, who represents District 4, wrote in a Facebook post.

“For BOE District 4, the main differences between the current lines and the Senate version are that District 4 loses the following districts: Skyland (John Lewis Elementary) and Valley Brook. No speakers are added. (The House and Senate versions have new precinct sections already added in District 4.),” she wrote on Facebook.

The population ranges from 98,963 people to 100,842 people for each district. Districts 1, 2, and 6 each have about 100,000. Districts 3, 4, 5, and 7 each have about 99,000 people living in the districts.

The Georgia General Assembly adopted the DeKalb County School Board district map on March 1 with minimal changes. Photo courtesy of Senator Emanuel Jones’ office.

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