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]
WSB: confirmed the FBI is now investigating DeKalb County CEO Lee May for work done at his house that was paid for by taxpayers.
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]
Commissioner Kathie Gannon:
(parks, city creation, backyard chickens)
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:
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.
Friends of Ira B Melton Park
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]
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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]
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.
Emory - Governmental and Community Affairs:
Quarterly Community Meeting
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30-8:00 PM
1599 Clifton Road Building; Room 5-C
(Great meeting for updates on Emory’s building plans including the hospital, as well as shuttle service, CCTMA, Emory Pointe Phase II etc.)
"Turn off Clifton Road by the entrance sign to the Emory Conference Center Hotel, and then turn right at the stop sign to go into the parking deck attached behind the 1599 building. Be sure to park on the Visitor Level so you can access the lobby entrance. There will be someone in the lobby to escort you to the elevator and room 5-C will be on the 5th floor, near the elevator."
Betty E. Willis
Senior Associate Vice President
1599 Clifton Road, NE, 5th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30322
5th Annual Embrace Our Green Space Race
Mar. 28, 9:00 am
Oak Grove United Methodist Church
Support Mary Scott Nature Park, Frazier-Rowe Park, and Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve with family-oriented non-competitive events for Walkers, Runners, Bikers and Skaters. Register online.
DeKalb County Fire Rescue Explorer Youth Program
Application deadline: Apr. 15
Exposes kids ages 14-18 to fire rescue services. Dates for the camp are June 1-17. To sign up or learn more, contact Captain Kenneth Smarr.
Callanwolde Summer Camps
Registration is now open for summer camps at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. View a catalog here.
agenda: [MORE INFO]
State Senator Fran Millar (R - Senate District 40) introduced a new version of the map for the proposed City of LaVista Hills in hearings at the Capitol yesterday. A scanned version of the map provided at the hearing can be found here.