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School Board Votes Against Selling Adams Stadium Land

Paul Womack said the land could be valuable for a future high school site.

The DeKalb County Board of Education voted Monday not to sell Adams Stadium and some of the school system's adjoining land, possibly because it could serve a future high school that would relieve already overburdened classrooms in the area.

The board voted 6-1 to keep the land off North Druid Hills Road, which was recently appraised at about $18 million, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Atkinson said last week that she had no immediate buyer for the Adams Stadium property, but wanted to put it in circulation. “You know there’s always interest,” she told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “but until you go through the process and you really sit down and somebody’s ready to sign on the dotted line, I never say there’s a buyer.”

School board chairman Eugene Walker said DeKalb no longer needed the property nor the adjacent International Student Center.

Read the rest of the AJC story for more information.

Discussion of the sale began over the summer when the school board was debating serious budget cuts. Adams currently serves as a number schools' football teams, and the nearby shuttered Briarcliff High School is used mostly as a location for movies and television.

Should the school board sell the land? Or keep it for a future school site? Tell us in the comments section below.

Amy Parker November 09, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Lakeside does not have a stadium. Tucker does not have a stadium, nor Druid Hills, nor Cross Keys. Henderson and Shamrock/Druid Hills Middle Schools use Adams as well - six schools share, if not more. They are used for soccer as well as football. DeKalb County can't use the City of Decatur's property, nor can they use a private school's property. I don't know where any of the posters above got the notion that there was a stadium at any of these other nearby schools. There are practice fields and some have baseball fields. Lakeside has a wonderful baseball field paid for mostly by their booster club. Part of the usefulness of the existing location is the large parking lot at the old high school. Parking is essential for a stadium. I don't believe the old Briarcliff High is crumbling. It has been a frequent movie set in the past years - Adams stadium starred as well. Perhaps we could find out how much money it has rented out for? A lot of the land behind the stadium is not part of the school. There is a private business and a county swimming pool down the road between the stadium and the former Kittredge ES building that are not owned by DCSS.
Jim Bobber November 09, 2012 at 01:16 PM
"DeKalb County can't use the City of Decatur's property, nor can they use a private school's property." Do you have a legal citation to support this? Granted, it does not take place currently, but money talks, and with the proper negotiations I'd wager that either could occur.
Jonathan Cribbs November 09, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Just chiming in to answer a small detail question. The school has been rented out for just north of $1,000 a day to MTV for its "Teen Wolf" show.
Don Broussard November 09, 2012 at 10:55 PM
@Jim Bob, you want to sell Adams Stadium, which is completely paid for and serviceable, so that we can write (large) checks to The Marist School, one of the wealthiest private schools / student communities in metro Atlanta, for the privilege of using their stadium? That may satisfy your desire to disassemble the public school system, but it will not save tax money over the long haul. Plus, do you seriously think Marist will rent their stadium out so Stephenson, SW DeKalb, Clarkston, etc. can play games there Thur, Fri, and Saturdays? Right...
Jim Bobber November 10, 2012 at 02:53 AM
What are you implying Don? That Marist doesn't want blacks on their campus? Why is the wealth or lack thereof of Marist remotely relevant? You're letting personal biases affect and cloud your decision-making ability. A time value of money analysis would likely yield that the millions gained by selling the site (and interest made from said monies) would more than outweigh payments to Marist (or Decatur or some similar stadium holder). With Maristphobic sentiments like that, it is you Don that is 'out of your depth'.

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