In this interview with Allegra Johnson, chair of the Dunwoody Parents Concerned About Quality Education, in the Reporter Newspapers, there is a short but clear explanation of what charter clusters are meant to accomplish and the administrative challenges of the new cities of Dunwoody or Brookhaven trying to make them independent of the county when the county is supposed to pay for them.: ".... Q. How would a “charter school cluster” work, and what would be the advantage of creating one in Dunwoody or Brookhaven? A. A high school charter cluster — a seamless K-12, top-down high school cluster with a middle school and elementary school following in line — brings a feeder pattern together to improve the overall education of a student starting in elementary school, continuing to middle school, and ultimately receiving a high school diploma. It specifies the goals of each school in that specific feeder pattern...." [Read more.]
From Joe Earle in the Reporter Newspapers: "... DeKalb County school officials are considering a proposal to allow administrators at individual high schools to seek accreditation for the school from a state agency...." [Read more]
From the organizing committee via the Laurel Ridge neighborhood listserv: The ... Community needs to make their opinions known for the Druid Hills Charter Cluster. Please take a moment to complete the survey ASAP! The Organizing Committee for the Druid Hills Charter Cluster initiative is committed to developing a charter petition that is reflective of the unique needs, interests, and desires of the students, parents, teachers/staff, and community stakeholders.
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: "The International Community School (ICS) invites you to the Atlanta premiere of a documentary feature film about the school titled A Place in the World." [Read more]
From MANA: Join the 4th Annual Laurel Ridge Elementary School “Romp Thru the Woods” 5K & 1 mile Fun Run & Tot Trot. A true off-road race through the woods between Laurel Ridge & Druid Hills Middle School. Fun for the entire family! All ages and athletic abilities welcome! The race is sponsored by the LRES PTA Health & Wellness Committee. Start: Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 8:00 AM.
From Jonathan Cribbs in the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: "The Druid Hills Charter Cluster is now a nonprofit and is accepting donations.
This is Dana Borda on N. Superior Ave. I would like to let our neighborhood know about some changes coming to Fernbank Elementary (this is from our Principal, Mr. Jason Marshall): "It's official . . . we're moving! Our school will transition to Avondale Middle School over the next few months. May 31, 2013 is the last day the Fernbank building will be open to staff, students and parents. Construction on the new Fernbank Elementary building is scheduled to begin later in 2013 and we anticipate being in our temporary home of Avondale Middle School for 18-24 months.
From wsbtv: "The DeKalb County School Board has pulled its name and money from a lawsuit challenging the governor's authority to remove school board members and replace them with people of his choosing....." [Read more]
The newly constituted Dekalb School District Board met for the first time March 20, 2013. It was a business meeting and not open to public comment. Their agenda can be found here (h/t to Harvey Nation on Civic Association Network) and former board member Nancy Jester's live blog of the meeting -- including listener comments -- can be found here.