From the Emory LaVista Parent Council to school superintendent Michael Thurmond, registering disappointment with a perceived lack of transparency on the part of a school district representative sent to a public meeting to address the Druid Hills Charter Cluster issue: ".... There is much discussion of potential changes in our county and schools. Cityhood movements abound. Annexation looms. DCSD has indicated that they hope to obtain charter system status in the future. As parents and stakeholders, we would like to be able to work with DCSD in addressing these challenging issues. When parents perceive DCSD as being evasive or opaque, the option of all stakeholders working together seems less likely. ..." [Read more.]
Notice of CHCA Community Meeting to elect new officers, discuss annexation issues.
When: Friday, August 29 at 7 p.m.
From Ann Marie Quill in the Reporter Newspapers: "The DeKalb County School District is hosting a number of meetings to gather public comment as it seeks to become the largest charter system in Georgia. The school must submit a petition to the Georgia Department of Education, and needs public input on autonomy and flexibility at schools and how that autonomy and flexibility can lead to innovations in how students are taught and how the school is governed.
From local resident Jane Ayres: How would we be affected if Atlanta annexed Druid Hills? Our neighbors are discussing it, and the Clairmont Heights Civic Association needs to be speaking for us. Please follow and contribute to the conversation on the Clairmont Heights Neighbors Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/198854850159823/
From Katie Leslie and Mark Niesse in the AJC [pay access]: "Residents in the Druid Hills neighborhood, one of the oldest and wealthiest communities in the Atlanta area, will soon consider a key question about their future: Should they stay or go? .... About 4,500 Druid Hills households will be mailed informational materials about their options in the next two or three weeks.
From Ann Marie Quill in the Reporter Newspapers: "The DeKalb County School District appears to be on the way to mending the problems that resulted in it being placed on academic probation in 2012 by the agency that accredits the district.
From Druid Hills Civic Association: The DeKalb County School District staff will convene a meeting to provide the Fernbank community and neighbors with an update on the new school construction project next Thursday August 7, from 4:00 to 6:00 (as necessary) at the Fernbank Science Center.
For Druid Hills High School supporters: DRUID HILLS RED DEVILS FOOTBALL GOLF TOURNAMENT at LEGACY ON LANIER. LAKE LANIER ISLANDS. Friday, August 1, 2014. 7-8:30AM Check In / 9AM Shotgun Start. Lunch is Included and will be Provided by Pig-N-Chik!
From Dan Whisenhunt on Decaturish.com: "Candidates running to become the next head of Georgia’s schools worked to distinguish themselves from their opponents during a June 30 forum held by the League of Women Voters of Atlanta Fulton County. All four candidates who will appear in the July 22 primary runoff attended the forum. The Democratic runoff will feature Valarie Wilson, a former member of the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education, and Alisha Thomas Morgan, a state representative. The Republican runoff will feature Mike Buck, the chief of staff to outgoing superintendent John Barge, and Richard Woods, a former high school principal and teacher who currently works in the private sector. Donna Lowry of 11-Alive served as moderator with guest panelists Carol Sbarge with WSB-TV and Dan Whisenhunt, editor and publisher of Decaturish.com. Here are some of the questions the candidates received and their answers:..." [Read more.]