Druid Hills Charter Cluster approved

From TyTagami in the AJC: "The petition for a charter school cluster centered on Druid Hills High School passed by a huge margin Tuesday...." [Read more.]

Druid Hills Charter Cluster Petition Vote

Event Date and Time: 
08/13/2013 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm

From The Druid Hills Charter Cluster website ( PETITION VOTE.  Come vote YES or NO on submitting a Petition to the DeKalb County Board of Education for our schools to become the Druid Hills Charter Cluster.  Tuesday, August 13th, 2013, 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Druid Hills High School GYMNASIUM, 1798 Haygood Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. 

You are eligible to vote if:

Let's Move DeKalb Expo (7/27) promoting kid fitness, seeking school supply donations

From the interim county CEO's office:  The 3rd Annual Let's Move! DeKalb Expo will be held on Saturday, July 27 at Exchange Park Intergenerational Center from 10 am to 3 pm. There will be fitness fun and games for all ages. We really need your help! Our goal is to have book bags, backpacks and school supplies for at least 500 children.  A donation of $10 can fill a backpack with school supplies.  A donation of $25 provides a child with a backpack and school supplies! Click here to make a donation Unable to donate? Be an event volunteer at the nutrition exhibits, physical activities, tastes of C.H.O.I.C.E.S. and health exhibits. Click here to volunteer

Charter cluster fundraiser

Event Date and Time: 
07/19/2013 - 4:00pm - 8:30pm

From the Druid Hills Charter Cluster website (ht/ North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch): Food Truck Friday... Join us for Food Truck Friday on Friday July 19th from 4-8:30 pm at Avondale Baptist Church on Convington Hwy (see our calendar for more details).  This is a fundraiser to benefit the DHCC.  We are hosting Food Trucks, a live band and invite the community to rent tables for our rummage sale!  Sign up with us using the below document.

Board ok's high schools' individual accreditation

From Joe Earle in the Reporter Newspapers [see also the post by Terry Nall in DeKalb School Watch.]: "As DeKalb County school officials work to fully restore the system’s accreditation, the  school board has endorsed a plan to allow DeKalb high schools to seek accreditation individually from a state accrediting agency...." [

Druid Hills Charter Cluster petition ready by mid-July

From the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: "A petition to start a cluster of charter schools around Druid Hills High and its feeder schools could be ready by next month, Druid Hills Middle School said over the weekend. A petition, created by the Druid Hills Charter Cluster, will be publicly available for viewing by mid-July, according to an email the middle school's PTSA sent to parents Sunday...." [Read more.]

Fernbank Spring Fling

Event Date and Time: 
05/18/2013 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm
From Dana Borda: I just wanted to let you know about the Farewell Fernbank event on Saturday, May 18th from 4-7pm -- rain or shine. As most of you know, the current Fernbank Elementary building will be torn down this summer and a new, updated, larger and beautiful building will go in its place. We are having a "Spring Fling" which includes music, food from Community BBQ, photo shoots, and spending time with friends of Fernbank.

School board budget now in surplus

From Ty Tagami in the AJC (h/t to the Patch): "When DeKalb County school officials combed through financial records over the weekend, they made an astonishing discovery: The district has millions more dollars than they’d thought....." [Read more.]

Charter clusters and separate school systems

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.]

County school board considers accreditation school by school

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]

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