Friday, July 20, 2018

Celebration of Life for Zachary Chamblee, Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 10:00 AM

h/t Dunwoody Council Member Terry Nall.  Flag your flags on July 31st in support of Zachary and his family.



Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Deepest Sympathy to the family of Ginger LaRose, former Dunwoody Community Member

Ginger was an active member of the Dunwoody and Dunwoody school community.  Following the graduation of her sons from Dunwoody High School, the family moved to Maryville, TN.

courtesy of the Knoxville News Sentinel:


Ginger Stinnett LaRose of Maryville, age 51, went to be with the Lord surrounded by friends and family on July 15, 2018 in Knoxville. She was a member of New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville and previously of St Luke's in Dunwoody, Georgia.

Ginger's ambition and calling in life was to be a wife and mother. Because she was also an overachiever, she wasn't just good at her chosen vocation -- she was a Rock Star Mom and Wife. Miraculously, she gave her family her all, but still had an infinite supply of patience, wisdom and love to give her many friends. Her warm heart, sense of humor and selfless spirit were gifts to everyone around her. She lifted us all up and made us better.


Click on the following link to view the remainder of Ginger's obituary: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/knoxnews/obituary.aspx?n=ginger-stinnett-larose&pid=189620210  

Click on the following link to live an online condolence:  https://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/knoxnews/ginger-stinnett-larose-condolences/189620210?cid=full

Monday, July 16, 2018

**Updated with Official Announcement ***Peachtree Charter Middle School Principal Reassigned for Next School Year

**Update:  Word is that Mr. Heptinstall has been re-assigned to Sequoyah Middle School as an Assistant Principal**


According to Audra at "The Aha Connection", PCMS Principal Brian Heptinstall will apparently be leaving PCMS at the end of this school year:   

I was contacted by a very reliable source yesterday that told me PCMS Principal, Brian Scott Heptinstall, will be re-assigned next year.  

Read more at the following link:  http://myemail.constantcontact.com/PCMS-Principal-Re-Assigned---Top-Rooftop-Dining---5-Apps-Parents-Should-Know-About-and-more.html?soid=1102708875754&aid=MW1uyi0RnSQ

Mr. Heptinstall is the longest serving principal in the Dunwoody Cluster, having been at PCMS since, if I remember correctly, 2007.








Saturday, July 14, 2018

Updated with New Article: Reporter News: "North Springs High Suddenly Ends Out-of-District Enrollment"

The story takes another turn:  https://www.reporternewspapers.net/2018/07/17/fulton-schools-backs-off-from-ousting-some-north-springs-out-of-district-students/

Some parents said all along that North Springs had a special dispensation from FCS to continue out-of-district enrollment. FCS now acknowledges that is partly true and that it will allow students who enrolled during or before the 2016-17 school year to continue attending, if they pay the tuition fee and get clearance from their home districts
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The decision by Fulton County Schools to end out-of-district enrollment comes only a month before school starts.  I know this decision will effect a few Dunwoody families.

North Springs High suddenly ends out-of-district enrollment; parents hire lawyers

Fulton County Schools has abruptly ended a longstanding program allowing out-of-district students to attend Sandy Springs' North Springs Charter High School for a fee. The largely unexplained move, announced the week of the Fourth of July holiday and just over a month before the school year starts, has 14 families scrambling - and seven of [...]

Friday, June 22, 2018

Petition to Reassign Chamblee Charter High Principal

Personal note:  In the last few days I have had conversations with a couple of CCHS stakeholders that are supportive of Principal Braaten.  I appreciate and respect their views.  As for myself, there just seems to be so much distrust, disorganization, etc. coming from the CCHS principal. A new school year is just a mere 6 weeks away and I fear the ones that will suffer the most are the STUDENTS.  As the primary function of the schoolhouse is to educate the students, I feel a change must be made in the leadership at CCHS.

Also, for those that have asked me what this has to do with Dunwoody...for the 2017-2018 school year, there were 90 students zoned to Dunwoody HS that attended Chamblee.  


Sign the Petition

Dr. R. Stephen Green: Reassignment of Principle Rebecca Braaten from Chamblee Charter High School.

On Common Ground: "DCSD's 2018 Graduates Earn $140 million in Scholarships"

More than $140 million in total scholarship funds were awarded by higher education institutions to DeKalb County students in the Class of 2018.

Region 1:


Chamblee Charter High School - $16,224,324

Cross Keys High School - Cross Keys High – $4,158,974
Dunwoody High School - $12,790,079

Chamblee Charter HS and Dunwoody HS led all DCSD high schools in awarded scholarship funds.


DCSD's 2018 graduates earn more than $140 million in total scholarships - On Common Ground News - 24/7 local news online www.ocgnews.com

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Dunwoody School Cluster Staff/Teacher Resignations

Below are the Dunwoody School cluster staff/teacher resignations as of May 31, 2018.  I believe teachers/staff have until June 15th to return their contracts for the 2018-2019 school year.

This information was provided in the monthly Human Capital Report as presented in the June 11th, Board of Education Meeting:  https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/ViewMeetingOrder.aspx?S=4054&MID=68420


Monday, June 11, 2018

Chamblee Charter High School Teachers Regarding Recent Developments

This is just insane what is going on with CCHS...Below is a letter that will be distributed today....Come on DCSD do right by these these staff members, teachers and students!!!

It was announced at the BOE Community Input session that another Chamblee Assistant Principal had turned in her resignation - Ms. Steadman.  Ms. Steadman has been named as Spalding High School Assistant Principal for Instruction:


________________________________________________________________________________

Dear Parents,


A gracious thank you to all the parents who attended the CCHS Governing Board “listening session” last week. Many of us felt heartened by the passion of the parents, our general agreement that the current administration is highly detrimental to the work environment of the teachers and the educational environment of our kids, and that the board appeared to be with us on these issues.

While we hope that the CCHS Governing Board recommends that DCSS remove Principal Braaten, there is no indication that Braaten is going anywhere. Her actions since the teacher and parent survey results were made public only indicate that she is not inclined to even acknowledge a problem: she has neither reached out to teachers (that we know of) nor made tangible action to rectify our disagreements.

We urge all Chamblee stakeholders to attend the DeKalb Board of Education meeting Monday, June 11, at 6:30 pm, in the J. David Williamson Board Room in the Robert R. Freeman Administrative Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd., Stone Mountain, Georgia. Those who have already signed up to speak will be able to do so, but we also need large numbers to show up and support our school. We hope those numbers will illustrate to the Board the gravity of the situation. Wear blue!

While we don’t speak for every CCHS teacher, we are part of a group of more than thirty teachers who signed a letter at the end of the school year seeking Principal Braaten’s removal. That letter is included below for those who may not have seen it.  The teachers who signed the enclosed letter represent one-third of the teachers at Chamblee, though other teachers did not sign out of fear of retribution.

Here are the issues as we see them:

1.       Mismanagement: Principal Braaten has failed to properly execute her duties as leader of the school.
·         We understand that there is no master schedule for the upcoming school year. This is typically completed in the spring, and it tells teachers which classes they will teach (so they can prepare over summer), and students which classes they will take. The master schedule is the responsibility of the Assistant Principal for Instruction, Candace Steadman, but Principal Braaten has apparently decided she will create the master schedule - and she has so far failed to do so.   As a result, even at this late date teachers do NOT know what classes Ms Braaten expects them to be teaching next year, and therefore teachers are prevented from preparing to teach your children. The necessary preparation cannot be done properly in only a week or two in July and August on the eve of a new school year - especially if teachers will be expected to teach subjects they have not taught in the last year or two. This is a massive failure of leadership, an example of Ms. Braaten’s refusal to cooperatively work with the teachers and her own administrative staff, and a direct impediment to your child’s success next school year.
·         The school’s budget was not delivered to the CCHS Governing Board in a timely manner, nor was proper input sought from department chairs or stakeholders.
·         We further understand that the principal is going to implement a “freshman academy” in only two months. We have not been consulted about this academy, we have not been informed how such an academy will be integrated into the school, and have not been informed regarding how such an academy will impact (or possibly even preclude) advanced freshman from taking advanced classes. For example, will an advanced math student still be allowed to take higher level math with upperclass students?  We as your students’ teachers literally do not know because we have not been told, much less included in any planning to try to make such an academy successful. As educators we are astounded that such a massive undertaking is being implemented with literally no consultation with, much less input from, the teachers who will be tasked with making this work.
·         Rather than dealing with personnel issues herself, Principal Braaten has repeatedly escalated issues beyond the schoolhouse and called in DCSS administrators to handle issues, and, in one case, the police. Here we are noting the removal of Herr Neuhaus from his classroom, as well as the incident in which Mr. Berryman was falsely accused of being intoxicated at work. Additionally, police were called to interrogate Dr. Milne regarding his concerns over Braaten’s furtive methods for determining Teacher of the Year. Some of these incidents took place in full of view of students.
·         Faculty meetings are an important venue for communication, discussion and collaboration. They give faculty a chance to ask questions and to contribute to solutions. But Principal Braaten held only two full faculty meetings all year, both in the fall. Neither was collaborative.
·         Required evaluations of Assistant Principals were not completed as outlined by the Georgia Department of Education. Ms. Braaten did not follow GADOE’s timeline for entering evaluation information for her administrative staff.
·         Assistant Principals have reported that they were given no explicit directives, but rather heard through gossip or second-hand what Ms. Braaten wanted them to do. Although a small number of meetings were held with APs and Ms. Braaten, these meetings were not collaborative.
·         Organizers of school events (athletics, field trips, student government, etc.) have complained that they have repeatedly asked for information, resources, and answers to crucial organizational questions and so on, and have failed to receive timely answers, solutions to problems, or even (in many cases) responses at all.

In sum, Principal Braaten has shown she wishes to be a micro-manager of school matters, yet has failed to efficiently and successfully execute these functions, failed or refused to even discuss some of these matters with the impacted teachers and/or administrators, and by her inattention to matters she refuses to allow others to handle has caused disruption and in some cases a failure of planned activities or functions involving Chamblee students.

2. Unprofessionalism: Principal Braaten has repeatedly acted unprofessionally toward faculty and administration.
·         She repeatedly threatened teachers’ jobs - from our first time meeting her August. In that meeting she peremptorily told us that “you’ll find out real quick that I don’t play and I will light you up.” She also threatened teachers on numerous occasions that “your contract is with the county, not the school,” indicating that teachers were expendable, interchangeable, and easily replaceable. If teachers questioned or expressed concern regarding particular initiatives, they were told they were free to find employment elsewhere. One parent witnessed her say that “it’s time to clean house” regarding teachers who were “hiding behind the charter.”
·         She repeatedly discussed (disparagingly) staff or individuals in front of other groups of staff, or in front of parents or students.  No manager should ever do this, especially one who has been on the job for mere months.
·         One witness observed Ms Braaten, passing a noisy classroom, say that “if they don’t quiet down, I’m gonna lynch someone.”   While this is but one example, it is exemplary of a pattern of violent, threatening language Principal Braaten routinely employs in the school environment.
·         She is currently subject to at least one formal grievance from staff concerning unprofessional conduct.

3.       Charter: Principal Braaten has failed to uphold the spirit and the letter of the Charter.
·         The charter is built upon the premise that teachers and parents should have the primary role in making policy decisions such as implementing a 9th grade academy. Teachers have not been consulted on any initiatives put forth by Principal Braaten.
·         The charter initiatives such as STEAM, Mastery Learning System, or Participatory Governance have either been completely ignored by Principal Braaten this year, or attempts have been made to co-opt them and remove them from teacher control.
·         CCHS has been working on STEAM since 2014, but Braaten arrived and instead proposed a new charter school - a “school-within-a-school initiative that would only be for select students drawn from across the county. According to this plan, our current charter would be modified to reflect only a STEAM program. She claimed she had the right and power to modify current charter without stakeholder input. When the DCSD charter director came to discuss this initiative at Chamblee, she asked why we would attempt to so drastically change the charter, which would require stakeholder, DCSD board, and Georgia Department of Education approval. Braaten dropped her initiative then, but we lost a year chasing down her “school within a school” idea. Keep in mind that implementing a STEAM program in a timely manner is one of the major requirements of our charter. Her efforts seemed intended to dismantle the charter.
·         Her attitude toward the Charter Governance Board could be characterized dismissive at best. Rather than work with the governance board on critical issues, including the budget, she acts unilaterally and without input. She even refused to respond to multiple emails from the head of the budget committee who reached out to discuss the budget. She did not even respond to his emails.  None of them. How can that possibly be tolerated at any job in any work place in any area of the country?

4. Climate of Fear: Principal Braaten has created a climate of fear among much of the faculty.
·         Teachers fear speaking out against Braaten's initiatives because she indicates that longtime, respected teachers are not necessary for her vision of the school by repeatedly threatening their jobs if they speak out, removing them from the classroom on pretexts, or even calling the police.
·         Assistant Principal (also CCHS parent and former teacher) Cindy Mosley was recently moved against her wishes to another school even though she reportedly received an excellent evaluation from Braaten.  This was believed to be as retribution for Ms. Mosley speaking out about certain changes being made or contemplated.
·         Principal Braaten’s autocratic management style leaves us confused: we don’t understand her vision for the school, so we are unable to get on board. She hasn’t offered to partner with us to engender a positive working environment, but instead implements curriculum, personnel, instructional, and structural changes without even consulting us.

We urge parents to get involved. If you support a strong Chamblee where the administration works in concert with the teachers, as we have had in the past and which has resulted in Chamblee being one of the highest-ranked schools in the state, then please make your voices known

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Update on Governing Board Surveys for Chamblee Charter High School (CCHS) 2017/18 School Year


The results of the 2017-18 CCHS Teacher and Staff Survey have been posted on the CCHS Governing Board website and are available here.

Please remember to take the time to complete the anonymous Parent/Guardian survey by Thursday, May 31st (click here

The Governing Board values your feedback and will be scheduling a listening and discussion session to review the results of such surveys with interested members of the CCHS community in the coming days. Stay tuned for the date and time of such session.

My thoughts after reading this survey:

As most readers of this blog are aware, I am alumna of Chamblee High School.  I have fond memories of my time as a student and many of the teachers who inspired my love of learning.  

The 2017-2018 school year brought a new Principal to Chamblee.  Early on I heard rumblings of dissatisfaction among parents and teachers, but I assumed it was just the reaction to the change in principal. However, by the end of the school year, the dissatisfaction with the current CCHS administration by many teachers and parents had grown to a roar.

Below is the link to the CCHS Teacher and Staff Survey.  I found the survey hard to read and was disturbed at many of the comments. I am saddened that the morale among most of the staff at CCHS appears to be so low.  That this level of dissatisfaction taking place in one of the district's and states top high schools should concern Dr. Green.  

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Dunwoody Cluster Elementary School Maps & Apartments Zoned to Those Elementary Schools


The DCSD Planning Department has provided individual school attendance zone maps.  I’ve attempted to document the apartment complexes that feed into each elementary school.   Note:  It is probable that I transcriped some number incorrectly, as the map that provides the numbers of elementary school students was challenging for my old eyes. 



There are 2 items I am attempting to clarify in my own mind:  
  • The attendance zone for The Point Apartments (behind the Chili’s on Ashford Dunwoody Road), seems to be split between Austin Elementary and Dunwoody Elementary.  Why?
  • The map for Hightower Elementary indicates that the Dunwoody Glen Apartments are a feeder school into Hightower, but the “School Locator” option on the DCSD website indicates Dunwoody Glen feeds into Kingsley. 
The new Austin Elementary facility is scheduled to open August of 2019.  According to the school district’s own timeline, redistricting discussions are to begin a year from a school opening, which would indicate these discussions would begin in August of this year.   Fall FTE at Austin for the 2017-2018 school year was 642.  The new facility will hold 900.  Interesting redistricting decisions ahead.  

As many may remember, the last school redistricting exercise was vicious for our community.  I hope this generation of elementary school parents will approach the upcoming redistricting with a more mature, thoughtful discourse than what took place in 2011.

Also, of note from the last redistricting decision, the attendance zone for Chesnut Elementary was decimated as the district was attempting to assuage the feelings of other, louder groups which also had a political force behind their efforts.  I hope the district will remedy this situation with the upcoming redistricting effort in the Dunwoody cluster.

The individual school attendanze zone maps can be found on the “Enrollment & Capacity Data” tab at the following link:  http://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/planning/

The maps documenting the number of ES/MS/HS students zoned for each school can be found on the "Historical Enrollment & Capacity Reports" at the following link:  http://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/planning/

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

DCSD Response to Questions Asked at March Special Called Meeting of Dunwoody High School Council

On March 29th, there was a Special Called Meeting of the Dunwoody High School Council to discuss the additional trailers scheduled to be installed at DHS over the summer.  Several questions were asked of DCSD officials.  Below is the response from the school district:



Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Congratulations to the Dunwoody Cluster 2018 Georgia Student Technology Competition Winners


The Georgia Student Technology Competition is an annual event produced by the Georgia Educational Technology Consortium. The Georgia Student Technology Competition is the highest level of student technology competition in Georgia. This competition is open to all 3rd-12th grade students residing in the state of Georgia.  The main goal of the competition is to challenge students to become leaders in a digital age.

Special congratulations to Nia Elekwachi and Milan McKinney of Chesnut Elementary as they have placed at the state competition 2 years in a row!

Click on the folllowing link for a list of all DCSD GASTC winners:  
https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=4054&AID=936590&MID=68411





Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Dunwoody High School Math Team - GCTM State Math Tournament - Class 6A Winners

From left to right:  Sam Mahle, Cade Lautenbacher,
Nathan Stefanik, Alex Eldridge

On April 28th, the math team traveled to Middle Georgia State University in Macon to compete in the GCTM State Mathematics Tournament, an invitation-only tournament featuring the top teams in the state.  

The team of Alex Eldridge, Cade Lautenbacher, Nathan Stefanik, and Sam Mahle came away with the trophy for class 6A winner!  

Alex and Cade earned individual awards for 9th and 10th place in the state, respectively.  Zain Salim was invited to participate as an individual to try out for the Georgia ARML (American Regions Mathematics League) team.  Zain and Cade both earned spots on that team which will compete at UGA in early June against an international field.  

Congratulations to the math team for an outstanding finish to a breakout year.

Monday, April 30, 2018

5 Dunwoody High Students Recognized as "2018 Georgia Scholars"



Congratulations to the 5 Dunwoody High School students that have been recognized as "2018 Georgia Scholars":

  • Alex Buhl
  • Caitlin Howie
  • Jackson Kuller
  • Seth May
  • Emma McClure

Click at the following link for a complete list of "2018 Georgia Scholars":
http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/communications/Lists/GaDOE%20Press%20Releases/Attachments/610/2018DistrictSchoolStudentsWinners.pdf

April 30, 2018 – Graduating seniors from across Georgia – 208 in total – have been recognized as 2018 Georgia Scholars, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced today.

Through the Georgia Scholar program, the Georgia Department of Education identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. Students eligible for Georgia Scholar recognition are high school seniors who exhibit excellence in all phases of school life, in community activities, and in the home.

Georgia Scholars are students who have carried exemplary course loads during their four years of high school; who performed excellently in all courses; who successfully participated in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities; and who have assumed active roles in extracurricular activities sponsored by their schools. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for his or her diploma.

“Students receiving the Georgia Scholar recognition are truly well-rounded,” Superintendent Woods said. “They’ve engaged in extracurriculars, worked hard in a broad range of academic subjects, served their communities and grown as leaders. A true education encompasses more than just the traditional ‘core’ subjects, and these students exemplify that.”

The program is coordinated by GaDOE’s Excellence Recognition office and through local coordinators in each public school system and private schools throughout the state. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Cross Keys High School Location - My Thoughts



At the April 16, 2018 DeKalb County School Board of Education meeting, the BOE voted by a 4-3 margin to build the new Cross Keys HS (CKHS) facility on the former Briarcliff High School property.  Is the former Briarcliff HS (BHS) property the best location for the new CKHS?  That remains to be seen. 

Few in Dunwoody will care about my thoughts with regards to the CKHS rebuild project, however as someone who has been affiliated with DCSD in some way, as a student, alumna, parent and community stakeholder, since 1964, I do have some thoughts.  

I am sure many of my views will conflict with views of other CKHS stakeholders and I am fine with that.  New schools and decisions where to place them have always been troublesome for any school district and there will always be people that question those decisions.  

At the end of the day, the CKHS community will have a new state of the art high school – a facility that is long overdue for this community. 

Anyone acting “surprised” by the decision to build the new CKHS has not been paying attention.  This location was literally spelled out in the ESPLOST V project list:



Sentimental
  • The new CKHS will located on the site that previously housed BHS. 
  • Despite the decreased student population, BHS community was devastated by its closing.  BHS closed in 1987 with its remaining students redistricted to Druid Hills HS.
  • Has the surrounding community been repopulated with young families? 
  • Many people over the years have advocated for the re-use of this property, but now that it is a reality, there is a bit of complaining. I do not get it- maybe it’s just those individuals that complain about everything DCSD does?

Traffic
  • There are legitimate worries about Traffic in this are.  However, traffic issues are not new to this area and existed when Briarcliff HS and later DSA occupied the property.  N. Druid Hills is a major route to many other parts of the metro area, (see Highway 78 to Stone Mountain, Emory Univ/Hospital, among others).
  • Some complain about having to cross I-85 to get to the new high school.  Really?  I’ve never understood this argument.  Most of those complaining about this would have no problem with their child “crossing I-85” to attend a Magnet school.  
Financial
  • Budget for CKHS rebuild is:  $84,800,000.00
  • Could DCSD purchase land in the current CKHS geographical area and also build a proper HS for $84 million? Doubtful.  The rebuild of Chamblee HS cost $80 million on its current site (plus the accumulation of a small apartment complex next door to the school).
  • Would it have been fiscally responsible for DCSD to ignore land that it already owned when searching for a site for CKHS?
Location

There is a question of the new CKHS facility being located outside of the current CKHS attendance zone.

Question:  Does anyone believe that in 5 to 10 years Buford Highway area is going to “look like” it does now?  

How many of the older apartment complexes that would potentially house CKHS students will be in existence in the years to come? If developers and the City of Brookhaven have their way, not many. Brookhaven, and to a smaller extent Chamblee, have never met a townhome developer they do not like. I do not believe we will recognize Buford Highway in the years to come. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

DeKalb County School District 2018 Advanced Placement Honor Schools

State School Superintendent Richard Woods has named 685 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools for 2018:  http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/communications/Pages/PressReleaseDetails.aspx?PressView=default&pid=604

Below are the AP Honor Roll Schools for the DeKalb County School District.

Dunwoody HS, Chamblee Charter HS, Druid Hills HS and Lakeside HS lead DCSD with 4 AP Honor Awards. 



Categories:

AP Challenge Schools (56 named in 2018) are schools with enrollments of 900 or fewer students and students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies).

AP Access and Support Schools (69 named in 2018) are schools with at least 30 percent of AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

AP Merit Schools (67 named in 2018) are schools with at least 20 percent of the total student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

AP STEM Schools (213 named in 2018) are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science A)

AP STEM Achievement Schools (146 named in 2018) are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40 percent of exam scores on AP math and science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

AP Humanities Schools (134 named in 2018) are schools with students testing in the following AP courses: at least one ELA course, two social sciences courses, one fine arts course and one world language course.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Dunwoody High School Council - Summary of March 29th Meeting - Discussion of Trailers for Next School Year



Reporter News: "Brookhaven Apartments Eyed for New High School, City Official Says"

A new Cross Keys High School could be coming to Buford Highway in Brookhaven, a city official says, but DeKalb School officials are being tight-lipped about the possibility.

Brookhaven Councilmember Joe Gebbia confirmed rumors that the DeKalb County School District is looking at property in Brookhaven and along Buford Highway to build a new Cross Keys High School.

“That’s a possibility, and they have the right of eminent domain,” Gebbia said. While he said he does not know of any specific properties being looked at, he said Superintendent Stephen Green has said the district is looking at land adjacent to the current Cross Keys High School, located at 1626 North Druid Hills Road.


Brookhaven apartments eyed for new high school, city official says

A new Cross Keys High School could be coming to Buford Highway in Brookhaven, a city official says, but DeKalb School officials are being tight-lipped about the possibility. Brookhaven Councilmember Joe Gebbia confirmed rumors that the DeKalb County School District is looking at property in Brookhaven and along Buford Highway to build a new Cross [...]
So, if the new Cross Keys HS is ultimately built on Buford Highway property that currently houses apartments, there is a significant chance many more students will be forced move out of the CKHS cluster.

Are Dan Drake and his staff planning to re-adjust the future enrollment projections for Cross Keys cluster? Will a 2,500 seat High School facility really be necessary?  If so, then there certainly doesn't appear to be a need for additional classrooms at Chamblee High????   Can the timeframe for the addition at Dunwoody HS be moved up?  

Note, before I get another nasty email abaout Dunwoody "privilege":  The only reason I'm advocating an accelerated timeline for the Dunwoody HS addition over the Chamblee HS addition is because the Dunwoody cluster is the only cluster that recorded a significant FTE increase and is expecting another increase next fall:



Still lots of moving parts here.  I still maintain that DCSD should put a hold on that addition at Chamblee.