I spend inordinate amounts of time thinking about DeKalb Schools and one of the questions I have continued to be plagued by is this: Why are the facilities in DeKalb in a state of such disrepair, especially compared to other Metro Atlanta school districts? I began to look at the traditional arguments: “Other districts have more money to invest in their schools,” “That district’s buildings are newer,” “Those districts have wealthier students,” or “Those districts spend more money per student.” I’m not entirely convinced that those answers explain why DeKalb’s buildings suffer more than other districts.
The new communities that will be forged and the new friendships and support systems that will arise are worth these growing pains towards a more just and equitable education system for DeKalb County Schools. It will have its challenges.
In the letter, Mayor Pittman encourages the DeKalb Board of Education to vote tomorrow night. The letter also clarifies her position on a Doraville HS and the new Doraville-area elementary school.
I wanted to share this new information in an an effort to be sure I'm sharing all sides of the argument for and against the DeKalb County School Board approving the SPLOST V project list on Monday, December 5. By... Continue Reading →
On Wednesday, the LCI team released their preliminary findings of their area, and I was a bit surprised by some of their analyses and recommendations. Most notably: the Buford Highway corridor population has remained relatively stagnant over the past few years, and they project that it will stay that way for at least the next several years. Interestingly, their recommendations are similar to those of the expert planners in DCSD. While they do suggest that the corridor plan for the "continued densification" (more people) of BuHi, they also suggest that development be planned "for the long term in phases."
After a few weeks of community discussion and petitioning, the DeKalb County Schools planning department (headed by Chief Operating Officer Josh Williams and director of planning Dan Drake) has released an updated SPLOST V project list to be approved by the Board of Education (BOE) this coming Monday.
Dr. Green and the proposed SPLOST projects seem to be within the law, and as such, I believe we should be able to vote for this E-SPLOST on May 24, 2016. Since Dr. Green has stated that he so strongly believes in the voters’ ability to decide on this SPLOST (as stated in his open response to Senator Fran Millar’s open letter), I believe the voice of the voters should also be heard when considering the school district’s participation in the Doraville TAD.
Please see below for information regarding redistricting meetings. Also, I am working on a few suggestions that may be helpful as parents and community stakeholders consider the many different options (Hint: It might include high schools with capacity of 3000 students -- not 1600 students.)