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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]

"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]


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]


CH Neighborhood annexation update - A summary of CHCA activity

CH Neighborhood annexation update - A summary of CHCA activity
The GA legislature addressed a number of the annexation bills that potentially affect our neighborhood during the current week, and we should expect more information today (Friday, March 20, 2015). In the last seven days, the CHCA Board met with both of our legislative representatives, Rep. Rahn Mayo and Sen. Elena Parent, to represent what we feel is the best outcome for our neighborhood.
In previous newsletters, the CHCA Board appealed to all neighborhood residents to express their opinions about two critical issues: (1) our neighborhood's presence on the Atlanta annexation map, and (2) the Decatur annexation plan that includes all four corners of the intersection of Clairmont at North Decatur. The CHCA Board made significant efforts to keep us on the Atlanta map so that we would retain our access to our schools and to ensure that we have a vote and a voice with regard to annexation. The Board opposed Decatur's plan to annex the Clairmont intersection, with continued access to our schools as one consideration and retaining a voice with regard to future development at this location a second important consideration. We arrived at both positions after studying the results of our neighborhood survey and carefully considering the potential impact of both issues on our neighborhood's future options to achieve the goals that you stated were most important to you.
In the last seven days, the CHCA Board met with both of our legislative representatives, Rep. Rahn Mayo and Sen. Elena Parent. At both meetings we made every effort to demonstrate the logical basis of our desires and urged both to pursue goals that were consistent and favorable to our own. Both of our area legislators expressed a desire to help our area achieve a fair outcome and thanked us for providing community input. The Board (along with other neighbors working with us) has remained in regular, daily contact with people at the Capitol who can provide information about rapidly changing developments. We are doing our best to represent what we feel is the best outcome for our neighborhood.

Fernbank PTA: CCRPI Scores

Fernbank Elementary PTA:

Once again, Fernbank has reason to celebrate.  Recently, DCSD recalibrated the overall 2014 CCRPI scores for all schools within the DeKalb County School System.  With the new calculations, Fernbank Elementary now has the highest overall CCRPI score (95.6) for elementary schools in the district.  This recognition could not have occurred without the support and commitment of the teaching and non-teaching staff, and incredible parental support and fantastic administration. Cheers to our outstanding neighborhood school!

Additionally, Fernbank was highlighted and recognized by our District Leaders as one of DeKalb’s Top Five Overall Elementary School scores.
 Elementary Schools
DCSD Top Five – Elementary School, Overall Scores
School Overall Score Title I Region
Fernbank 95.6   2
Austin 95.5   1
Vanderlyn 93.6   1
Wadsworth Magnet 93.3   5
The Museum School 92.1   4
For more information on CCRPI scores and resources, please log on to

SACS upgrades accreditation status of DeKalb County School District - February 26, 2015

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS, http:// ), the organization that accredits the DeKalb County School District, has upgraded the district’s accreditation status from “Accredited Warned” to “Accredited on Advisement,” one notch from unconditional accreditation.

The full text of the press release can be found in the attached file.

Clairmont Heights Civic Association Supports Our Inclusion in a Referendum for Annexation into the City of Atlanta

February 24, 2015

To our elected representatives in the Georgia legislature,

The Board of the Clairmont Heights Civic Association (CHCA) supports our inclusion in the bill authorizing a referendum to annex into the City of Atlanta. Our neighborhood survey from September, 2014, which had a very high participation rate, indicates that our residents favor inclusion in an existing city versus a new one. Our residents feel strongly about retaining access to our elementary school and deserve a voice and vote on this important matter.

You may find our survey results at .

In addition, The CHCA Board believes that the proposed annexation map preserves critical local control over the major access points to Clairmont Heights and decisions regarding future area development. Local jurisdiction over entrances to Clairmont Heights is vital to safety, service delivery, zoning and land development, and traffic issues – especially in long-range planning for proposed major mass transit expansion.

Signed by Board members of the Clairmont Heights Civic Association

Michael Dowling, President

Pete Rumsey, Vice President 

Julia Byrne, Corresponding Secretary  

Nancy Moore, Recording Secretary

Pam Daily, Treasurer                                         

Jim Smith, Planning and Zoning                                          

Brian Feagans

Ian Sifuentes

Mike Fink


Fernbank Elementary - Meeting for new and prospective parents, THU 02-19-2015

The teachers, staff, and parents at Fernbank Elementary School extend an invitation to all new and prospective parents to our Fernbank school community to join us at 

"DeKalb Charter Cluster Proposal May Get Second Chance"

WABE:  The charter cluster petition would have given Druid Hills High School and its feeder schools more autonomy, loosening the grip of the school district. But the DeKalb school board narrowly rejected the proposal just over a year ago. Recently, some petitioners considered annexing to Atlanta, which would make the schools a part of APS.    [READ MORE/ FULL ARTICLE]

ELPC: DeKalb Co. Schools Superintendent Search Stakeholder Community Engagement Meetings

ELPC: DeKalb Co. Schools Superintendent Search Stakeholder Community Engagement Meetings

Wed 2/4 --> Region 2: Lakeside High School
Thu 2/12 --> COUNTYWIDE PUBLIC FORUM DeKalb County BOE – Board Room
all mtgs 7PM - 8:30

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