Thursday, September 20, 2012
Planning for DeKalb's 2013-14 "balanced" school calendar is underway.
The DeKalb County Schools District Calendar Committee has released two calendar options for public review. One option is a more traditional school calendar, a start date of Aug. 12 and an end date of May 23. DCSD has historically adopted the traditional calendar model. DCSD is also considering a a balanced calendar, with the school year beginning on Aug. 5 and ending on May 29 and an additional week of vacation in each semester. Other districts, including Rockdale County Public Schools and the City Schools of Decatur, now use a balanced calendar. Community members are asked to participate in a survey to select their choice of the two calendar options. The survey results will be used to gauge the level of support for each option. To …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Patch's Question of the Week asks, are metro Atlanta kids heading back to school too soon?
Used to be, kids in most Atlanta schools went back into the classrooms after Labor Day. Man, those were the days. For the 2012-13 school year, Decatur schools open Aug. 1, and city of Atlanta students hit the books Aug. 6. DeKalb and Fulton county schools open on Aug. 13. To some, it seems as if summer vacation gets shorter and shorter each year. To others (harried parents running out of kid-friendly entertainment options, perhaps?), it can't come soon enough. So our Patch Question of the Week is, do you feel that summer vacation is too short? Do kids head back to school too early? Or do they need that classroom time in order to prepare themselves for a successful future? Take our Patch poll and share your opinion in the comments.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Members of the public are invited to volunteer.
The DeKalb County School District is searching for members of the public to volunteer their services for a 12-member Citizen’s SPLOST Oversight Committee. The advisory committee, expected to begin meeting in August 2012, provides for citizen review of the voter-approved SPLOST project list. Interested DeKalb County residents who want to be considered for the committee should provide their information online no later than Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. Only online applications will be accepted. Qualified candidates must be citizens who reside within the boundaries of the DeKalb County School District, may not be members of the Board of Education or employees of the School District, and may not have any economic interest in any of the …
Monday, February 6, 2012
An update from DeKalb County School Board Member Nancy Jester
Monday, February 6, 2012
The Georgia legislature is in session. As you may recall, they passed a bill in the 2011 session to shrink the DeKalb board from nine to seven (click here to view the bill). In addition to this process, we must also reapportion the districts based on the most recent census information. This is done every ten years. Please keep in mind that the majority of your property taxes (22.98 mils) fund the school system. Your district on the DeKalb Board of Education will be set for ten years based on what happens in the next week. It is my understanding that the DeKalb delegation is expected to deliver new district maps for the Board of Education and the DeKalb Commission by mid-February. I further understand that the delegation will be voting on …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
After five years leading the elementary school, Toni Fallon is calling it quits.
Toni Fallon, an educator for more than three decades and the principal at Ashford Park Elementary School for the last five years, will retire this month. Fallon is widely credited with Ashford Park School's success having been designated a 'Gold School' by the State of Georgia for its achievement on the Adequate Yearly Progress (PTA) annually. Ashford Park School met AYP standards this year. Former Ashford Park PTA Vice President Diane Allers said Fallon has been a "dynamic and devoted" principal during her tenure leading the 500-student school K-5 school. "She has been one of the driving forces behind the improvement of our school and the engagement of our community in support of the school," Allers said. While the community is very sad…
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Brookhaven and Chamblee parents are encouraged to attend.
DeKalb County Superintendent Cheryl L.H. Atkinson is hosting tonight her Region 1 parents roundtable at 7 p.m. at Dunwoody High School. According to the school district's site, the discussions are part of Atkinson's 90-day entry plan to "listen, learn, and lead" from parents and community members to establish good will, build support and establish communication channels. "I strongly encourage parents and guardians to attend a roundtable meeting and actively participate in discussions pertaining to their children’s academic success," Atkinson said in a district press release. "Together we can build a stronger community and school system." Region 1 consists of the following schools: Atkinson's meeting series started on Oct. 20 and are …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The day's top headlines for Tuesday, October 25, 2011.
Police Major: 'I Don't Want People Living In Fear' Security Increases At Chamblee High After Rash Of Break-ins. Dunwoody City Council Looks At Purchasing Nearly 42 Acres Of Land. Mount Paran-Northside Meeting On Tuesday Night. Live Blogging From Avondale Estates' Candidate Forum. District 6 Candidates To Speak Tuesday Night. 'American Idol' Winner To Perform At Macy's Christmas Tree Lighting. Safety Tips For Trick-or-Treaters.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The day's top headlines for Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Atkinson To Focus On Students, Makes Changes Across System. Riverwood Audit Shows Several Areas Of Concern. Police Investigating Wednesday Morning Bank Robbery. Patch Profile: State Rep. Ed Lindsey Tucker Native Making An Impact At Stanford. Hundreds Celebrate Xerona Clayton Way.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The day's top headlines for Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Two DeKalb School Board Members Oppose Superintendent Nominee. Patch Asks: What Do You Think Of The Quality Of Education in DeKalb Schools? Two Injured When Car Hits APS Bus. Fulton School Board Votes Thursday On Realignment. Dunwoody Moves To Buy 24 Acres In The Heart Of Georgetown. Why Bill Kennedy Way Is Hazardous To Cyclists. MARTA's $700 Million Corridor Moves Closer To The Ballot. Farewell To Ernie Johnson Sr.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
A group of parents hope to halt school closures so they can examine the process. Brookhaven students and schools are likely unaffected.
The DeKalb County School System's decision to close eight schools and redraw attendance lines for 7,000 students have "threads of segregation and gentrification in its best practices", said a group of parents in an injunction filed Monday in Superior Court. Plaintiffs Latasha Walker of Lithonia, Kim Ault, Kendall London, all of whom are from DeKalb County, and Annette Davis Jackson of Gwinnett County, said the district planned its decision without “community, parent, and student participation.” The injunction aims to put a moratorium on school closings, according to the complaint. The complaint says that interventions should be made for DeKalb County children in the DeKalb County School system who have no voice in the redistricting, …