One of the items on the 7/11/16, DeKalb School Board of Education Agenda was to vote on naming of the new elementary school that will be constructed on the site of the former Skyland Elementary School:
It is requested that the Board of Education waive the 5-year waiting period, and approve the naming of a temporary school to relieve overcrowding in the Cross Keys Cluster as John Robert Lewis Elementary School in honor of Georgia’s 5th Congressional District’s Congressman John Lewis. The school will be temporarily located at 2383 North Druid Hills Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329, until the construction of the new replacement elementary school has been constructed in the Cross Keys Cluster. The name will move with the school to the permanent location.
On the surface, this request and approval appears to be a “no-brainer”. I admire Rep. Lewis and I cannot imagine many people would not support this request.
HOWEVER, it appears that this whole process was done in violation of Board of Education policies adopted in 2011 with regards to renaming facilities within DCSD:https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/ePolicy/policy.aspx?PC=FDC-R(1)&Sch=4054&S=4054&RevNo=1.01&C=F&Z=R
You can read more about this debacle over at Stan Jester’s blog: http://factchecker.stanjester.com/2016/07/6643/But, alas, the failure to follow Board Policy is not the only issue at hand. Board Member Stan Jester began to ask questions to ascertain whether policy was followed and was met with a vile, invective, accusation of racism from fellow Board member Joyce Morley, in total violation of Board of Education Policy BH: Board Code of Ethics: https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/ePolicy/policy.aspx?PC=BH&Sch=4054&S=4054&RevNo=1.93&C=B&Z=P.
This was also covered by the AJC: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-education/dekalb-school-named-for-john-lewis-debate-sparks-r/nrxGm/
I had mental flashbacks to Board of Education Meetings of old, when these type of disrespectful BOE meetings were a normal occurrence…you know, one of the reasons DCSD was put on probation, the inability of the BOE to act in an adult, professional and respectful manner. From the October 2012 AdvancedEd Special Review Report: (Note: DCSD was placed on probation in December of 2012, and only regained full accreditation on January 28, 2016).
If you need a refresher of the issues that led to DCSD being placed on probation by AdvancED, you can read the October 2012 AdvancED report at the following link:
Now, a sane individual would believe, or hope, that this Board of Education would have taken note of the issues that brought DCSD almost to the point of losing accreditation - the bad behavior of past Boards of Education. Perhaps this BOE needs a reminder of the consequences of their actions as DCSD is "not out of woods, yet". AdvancED will be issuing an accreditation report for DCSD for the 2016-2017 school year.
From Advanced letter notifying DCSD of full accreditation:
“Although the Institution Progress Report provides evidence of the progress to date, it is incumbent upon the school system to continue to sustain the progress accomplished by engaging in the AdvancED continuous improvement process. The accreditation expiration date for DeKalb County School District is June 30, 2017. In order to maintain accreditation, the system is expected to conduct a thorough Internal Review in preparation for an on-site External Review to be held during the 2016-17 school year.
Hey, DCSD Board of Education…