A heated debate about a proposed deal for selling the old North Fulton High School building to its current tenant, Atlanta International School, is cooling on the back burner for now.

Atlanta Public Schools was considering selling the property to AIS for $6.15 million in cash and $2.25 million in services as a consultant to APS related to its International Baccalaureate programs.

An outpouring of criticism from Buckhead residents about the deal put AIS officials on the defensive. The APS budget up for approval on June 27 contains a revenue line item for a property sale. APS officials have said the old North Fulton High building is one of several being considered for sale.

AIS gave a similar account of the negotiations in a statement emailed to the Buckhead Reporter.

“The APS tentative budget approved by the APS Board earlier in June, which will be up for final vote on June 27, contains an $8.5 million revenue entry for ‘property sale’,” the AIS email says.

“One such possible sale would be the sale to AIS; however, APS owns a variety of properties around the city which potentially could be sold. This information is consistent with what APS has said about the potential sale since the beginning of their budget review process so nothing has changed that we are aware of.”

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com