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Chamblee Middle School: The lights are on, but no one's home

District keeps lights and other utilities on at the school to protect the now-defunct building.

Taxpayers are paying to light a school in Dunwoody that's been closed for six years, 11Alive reports.

The DeKalb school district keeps the lights burning at Chamblee Middle School - even during the day - to ensure safety and protection.

District spokesman Walter Woods said that it was a "very minimal" cost to the district to keep some utilities running at the school, located on Chamblee Dunwoody Road. 

A reporter asked why the lights at the school weren't set on a timer so that they weren't on during the day. 

The district, which , hasn't decided what to do with the building. 

Leave us a comment. What should be done with Chamblee Middle School?

Paula May 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM
I believe the building is scheduled to be demolished as part of SPLOST IV. It is in no condition to be used for any purpose.
DunwoodyWorkingMan May 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM
what a weak story. All the mess in DeKalb and this is the best this guy can come up with for a story? A few lights? LOL
Gene Yuss May 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM
DunwoodyWorkingMan must work for the school district if he can't see the waste in lights burning FOR NOTHING during the day. It's not just at Chamblee Middle. There are other vacant schools where this is happening. Why weren't these lights put on timers when the schools were built? I'll bet they burned all day when the schools were open. Over six years that's a lot of my tax money.
Paula May 18, 2012 at 01:09 PM
This is certainly an issue when the school district is routinely overbudget on electricity costs.
Paula May 18, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Just FYI Patch, your picture is of Dunwoody HS.
christopher dickson December 15, 2012 at 02:46 AM
I am from that area. Can you tell me why they closed the scool?

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