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]

Survey For Druid Hills Charter Cluster

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.

County schools go wireless via SPLOST

From DeKalb County Schools via the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: "The DeKalb County School District has undertaken a fast-paced technology plan to make 123 schools and centers wireless by the winter.

International Community School movie

Event Date and Time: 
04/27/2013 - 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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]

Laurel Ridge Romp through the woods 5K

Event Date and Time: 
04/20/2013 - 8:00am

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.

Druid Hills Charter Cluster ready to go

From Jonathan Cribbs in the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: "The Druid Hills Charter Cluster is now a nonprofit and is accepting donations.

Fernbank Elementary moving temporarily

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.

New school board withdraws from old board's lawsuit

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]

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