Rep. Tom Taylor says he soon will introduce legislation to create a separate school system for the city of Dunwoody.

His proposal will call for an amendment to the state Constitution, he said. The bill he plans to introduce would be voted on by state lawmakers in 2014 and, if approved, call for a public referendum on the amendment in the 2014 election.

“It’s a huge uphill battle,” Taylor said.

The Dunwoody Republican told members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association during the group’s monthly meeting on Feb. 10 that amending the state Constitution is difficult. “The threshold is very high,” he said.

But, he said, problems facing DeKalb County schools — including the placing of  the system on accreditation probation by the agency that acredits schools in Georgia — mean this could be a time when the dramatic step of creating a new district might win support, resident attending the meeting said.

” I will be dropping the bill [for consideration by state lawmakers],” Taylor said. “Now is the time to drop it.”

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