"Open Letter to DeKalb’s Next Superintendent"

From Parent Councils United:

Open Letter to DeKalb’s Next Superintendent

Book Sale: Friends of the Toco Hill - Avis G. Williams Library

Book Sale: 
Friends of the Toco Hill - Avis G. Williams Library

Tue, May 12; 10:00 AM—7:00 PM
Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library
Age Group:Family (All Ages)

District End-of-Session Town Hall Mtg w/ Elena Parent

What: Town Hall Meeting
When: Thursday, May 14th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Where: Cafeteria of Drew Charter Elementary School
300 East Lake Boulevard Atlanta, GA 30317

DeKalb parents group: Hire new superintendent rather than entice Thurmond to stay

AJC: As Monday’s DeKalb school board meeting showed, community support exists for keeping Michael Thurmond in charge of schools. [READ MORE]



DeKalb County Schools terminates contract with superintendent search firm

Decaturish: The DeKalb County Schools system has abruptly ended its relationship with ProAct amid concerns about some racist remarks allegedly made by its CEO.  [READ MORE]

Interim DeKalb CEO under FBI investigation

WSB: confirmed the FBI is now investigating DeKalb County CEO Lee May for work done at his house that was paid for by taxpayers.   



Atlanta annexation proposal looms large in cityhood debate

Decaturish:  A proposal to annex Druid Hills into Atlanta failed in the Legislature this year, but discussion about it was alive and well during a voter information meeting on April 16.

The event, held at Clairmont Hills Church, drew about 100 people. There was no official representation from groups in support of the proposed cities of Tucker and LaVista Hills. [READ MORE]

Super District 6 Quarterly Update

Commissioner Kathie Gannon: 

(parks, city creation, backyard chickens)

Super District 6 Quarterly Update


"State of the District, Revisited w/ Superintendent Michael Thurmond"

Emory LaVista Parent Council:

"State of the District, Revisited w/ Superintendent Michael Thurmond"

Tue, April 21
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
*Please note our evening meeting time!*
Clarkston High School
618 N Indian Creek Drive
Clarkston, GA 30021

A portion of the meeting will be dedicated to Q&A. We encourage you to send in your questions ahead of time. Please email your question(s) to:
Julia Byrne, Corresponding Secretary, ELPC


Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC Agenda Summary from April 14, 2015

Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC Agenda Summary from April 14, 2015:



Ira B Melton Park Workday

Event Date and Time: 
04/22/2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Earth Day event at Ira B Melton Park.  On Wednesday, April 22, from 9:00am-12:00pm, volunteers from CSX and the local neighborhood will join forces to clear invasive plants, remove ivy from the trees, and pick up trash at Ira B Melton Park. Come play in the mud! All are welcome to join the fun. Please supply your own gloves and drinking water, and bring shovels or hand clippers if you have them.

Valerie Boss

Friends of Ira B Melton Park

"Search for a new Dekalb County School Superintendent Underway"

Brookhaven Post: DEKALB COUNTY, Ga, April 14, 2015 – by Stephanie Miller – The search to replace Dekalb County Superintendent, Michael Thurmond, has officially started. The Dekalb County School Board (DCSB) has hired the search firm, PROACT Search, LLC to recruit potential applicants. Ads were placed in publications and online to promote the opening. [READ MORE]


Maps of LaVista Hills emerge from legislative Conference Committee, 04-02-2015

The legislature's Conference Committee released a final map today to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the proposed boundaries. The map and its associated population description document can be viewed here and here.

2 New Maps

Druid Hills Civic Assoc: As the 2015 legislative session draws to a close, two new maps have been released. The first one depicts annexation of part of unincorporated DeKalb County to the City of Atlanta. The second one shows the annexation plan of the City of Decatur. Both are revisions of previous maps.

Larger versions: Atlanta Annexation MapDecatur Annexation Map


Clairmont Heights: Decatur annexation would ‘destroy’ our ability to stay together

Decaturish: The Clairmont Heights Civic Association is making an appeal to the Georgia Legislature to block the Decatur annexation proposal unless an Atlanta annexation proposal also moves forward.

CHCA released a statement Monday morning regarding the plans that are being considered in the state Legislature.[READ MORE]

CHCA Statement to DeKalb Delegation

CHCA: Statement from CHCA to DeKalb Delegation

March 29, 2015

To our elected representatives in the Georgia legislature,

The Decatur annexation plan should not move forward unless the Atlanta bill also moves forward. The Clairmont Heights Civic Association (CHCA) Board urges the legislature to allow Atlanta annexation bill, HB629, especially if any action is taken on Decatur’s plan during this session.

If Decatur’s annexation is allowed to move forward by itself, we fear it will destroy the ability of our neighborhood and others to remain together with our existing school community. Decatur’s attempt to annex the four corners at Clairmont and North Decatur (Area A) is particularly troublesome because it removes the contiguity that would be needed to pursue future annexation plans. By cutting us off at major intersections, the Decatur annexation map prevents Clairmont Heights, Medlock, McLendon, and others from pursuing a mechanism to remain together.

The Atlanta annexation map, now including the McLendon area, provides a plan to keep intact approximately 67% of the existing student body at Druid Hills High School. Decatur plans to take only tax base and almost no students. The Decatur plan’s financial impact will be devastating to the area schools without offering any benefit to students outside of Decatur. Decatur’s proposal shifts approximately $7.6M of commercial annual tax revenue, taking only 300 students in return. The CHCA Board is trying to preserve our school community and requests that you support our goal.

Oppose Decatur’s annexation and allow us the right to vote for the future of our community by allowing the Atlanta annexation bill to move forward.

Signed by Board members of the Clairmont Heights Civic Association
Michael Dowling, President
Pete Rumsey, Vice President      
Julia Byrne, Corresponding Secretary                                   
Pam Daily, Treasurer                                                      
Nancy Moore, Recording Secretary                        
Jim Smith
Brian Feagans  
Ian Sifuentes               
Mike Fink


Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver on school takeover plan

Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver via FB: 
"I had a tough vote yesterday, and supported the Governor's legislation for the state to assume responsibility for the worst performing schools. DeKalb has 23 qualifying schools on the Governor's list of possible takeover schools. The debate was fair."

AJC: "Failure and the success of Nathan Deal’s school-rescue measure"

Success can be found in failure. Our governor proved it Wednesday.

In their tinkering with Nathan Deal’s proposal to award himself the power to take over problem schools, House lawmakers employed some niceties to ease hard feelings.  [READ MORE]


Ira B. Melton Park Work Day

Event Date and Time: 
03/29/2015 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

From coordinator Valerie Boss: Greetings neighbors!  Come pitch in at Ira B Melton Park on March 29 from 1-4pm.  We’ll be doing general maintenance—picking up trash, clearing the trail of overhanging branches, and removing invasive plants.  Trash bags will be supplied. Please bring your own work gloves, drinking water, and tools (loppers and shovels, in particular). Wheelbarrows are always needed. All are welcome, so please spread the word.

Rep. Drenner will introduce annexation bills on behalf of Decatur, Avondale Estates, Clarkston

Decaturish: State Rep. Karla Drenner, D-Avondale Estates, intends to introduce three annexation bills today, but told Decaturish that the bills may not be successful before the end of the current session.

Drenner made her announcement via Nextdoor.com, a social networking site that disseminates information at a neighborhood level.

She said she will introduce bills related to Clarkston’s annexation, portions of Decatur’s annexation plan that encompass her district, primarily on the city’s eastern border, and the Avondale Estates Annexation Master Plan.  [MORE INFO]

CHCA Board / CH neighbors meeting

It is crunch time at the Capitol. The CHCA Board and CH neighbors met this weekend to discuss events and action items related to Decatur and Atlanta annexation issues. At this time we are strongly recommending that all residents of Clairmont Heights contact legislators during this crucial last full week of the legislative session. The CHCA supports the inclusion of Clairmont Heights on the referendum for annexation into City of Atlanta so that our residents can have a voice and vote in the future of our local governance.

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