The long-awaited new track for Peachtree Charter Middle School is finally on its way.

In its regular newsletter, the city of Dunwoody reports it is working with the DeKalb County Board of Education and plans to complete environmental permitting to allow construction to begin this summer.

“The city understands the importance of this track project to PCMS students, families, and faculty,” the newsletter says. “The track project is a much-anticipated improvement for Peachtree Charter Middle School and the City looks forward to watching our students go for gold on their new track.”

Indeed it is much anticipated, and much delayed too.

The track has been in disrepair for years and parents have worked to raise money for its repair. It was on DeKalb County Schools’ to-do list, budgeted at $250,000, but the Board of Education in April nearly stripped all funding from the project because of a budget crunch. The board eventually found a way to pay for it.

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