DeKalb school board selects architect for new Dresden Elementary

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The planning phase for the new Dresden Elementary will take at least a year. (Miguel Martinez / [email protected])

By Cassidy Alexander

The DeKalb County Board of Education approved a $2.3 million contract for architectural and engineering services for the replacement of Dresden Elementary School.

The vote on Monday means initial plans can be drawn up for the long-awaited project. The planning phase will take at least a year, district staff explained. The new school is tentatively expected to open in August 2026. It will have the capacity for 900 students, according to district plans.

The new school will consolidate Dresden Elementary and Cary Reynolds Elementary on the Dresden site in Chamblee. The original Cary Reynolds Elementary was located next to Sequoyah Middle in Doraville. Cary Reynolds students were moved to a temporary facility this fall. The old Cary Reynolds campus will be used to construct a new Sequoyah Middle and a new Sequoyah High.

The contract was awarded to Atlanta-based BRPH Architects-Engineers, Inc.. The firm will be paid out of sales tax funds collected between 2017-2022. The construction of the school will cost an estimated $42 million, and will be paid with sales tax money collected between 2022-2027.

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