Thursday, December 21, 2017

Chamblee Charter High First DeKalb County School in Advanced Placement Capstone Program

Courtesy DeKalb County School District:

Students at Chamblee Charter High School will soon know how to gather information, work as a team, and write at a scholarly level thanks to their participation in a prestigious diploma program.

Students at Chamblee Charter High School will be the first in DeKalb County School District (DCSD) to take advantage of the comprehensive Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Program.

“I am proud to officially announce the selection of Chamblee Charter High School as the first school in DeKalb County to offer the prestigious AP Capstone Program,” said Chamblee Charter High School principal Rebecca Braaten. “Beginning next year, we will be among approximately 1,100 schools worldwide and 44 in Georgia to offer the program.”

AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program designed to teach students how to conduct independent research, work as an enterprising team and write at the college grad-student level.

By combining the courses AP Seminar and AP Research, the curriculum features students investigating real-world issues, gathering and analyzing information, and creating evidence-based arguments. Students also learn how to conduct research with the overall goal of producing and defending a scholarly, academic thesis.

More than 400 colleges and universities have voiced support and appreciation for the AP Capstone program.

For further information on how the AP Capstone program works click on the following link:

Friday, December 15, 2017

Pictures from Groundbreaking of the New Austin Elementary School

Austin ES Groundbreaking

Explore this photo album by dekalb schools on Flickr!

Reporter: Dunwoody Study Looks at Replacing 1,900 Apartments
How Would This Affect Dunwoody Cluster Schools?

Dunwoody study looks at replacing 1,900 apartments with mixed uses

A city study broadly recommending the replacement of some older apartment complexes - home to nearly 1,900 households - with mixed-use projects was reviewed at a Dec. 5 meeting. The study of the Peachtree Industrial Boulevard area includes apartment complexes that the city once controversially targeted for replacement with a sports complex.
Disclaimers from the article: 

McLeod said no developers have approached the city yet about redeveloping any property in the study area.
At the Dec. 5 meeting, Councilmember Terry Nall tried to quell some fears that the city wants to redevelop the area.
“Let me make it clear,” he said, “the city is not a developer. This is the development guide plan,” Nall said.

My comments:  I understand the need for future planning for our city.  I support this. However, I am uncomfortable with the erasure of diversity that these plans would bring to Dunwoody.  I believe in and support the diversity of our public schools. 

I hope the City of Dunwoody would insist on the retention of affordable housing.

Note to developers and City of Dunwoody officials…. do not be Brookhaven and insult my (and others) intelligence by maintaining that a $300,000 town home is “affordable housing”.

The following chart is taken from data supplied by the Planning Department of the DeKalb County School District.  I hope I have correctly identified the affected apartment complexes and their feeder elementary schools.

Apartment Complex
Elementary School Feeder
# of students potentially displaced

Dunwoody Glen
Peachtree Place North
Dunwoody Village

  • Overcrowding at Peachtree Charter MS and Dunwoody HS would be reduced, though not alleviated.
  • The enrollment at Chesnut Elementary and Kingsley Elementary would be so low that neither of these schools would be viable as stand-alone schools without redistricting.
  • The enrollment at Hightower, while lower than its current capacity level, would still be viable as a stand-alone school.  

Thursday, December 14, 2017

DeKalb County School System Online Calendar Survey

In accordance with board policy AEA, the Calendar Committee is charged with developing calendar options for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 and submitting the calendar recommendations to Superintendent, Dr. R. Stephen Green.  Through Dr. R. Stephen Green, the Calendar Committee will make a recommendation to the DeKalb County Board of Education on January 8, 2018 for consideration and approval. 

Click on the following link to access the survey:

The DeKalb County School District’s Calendar Committee is exploring calendar options to align with other similarly sized districts in close geographic proximity.  Both calendars include the following attributes:

·       180 days of instruction for students

·       190 teacher days including one evening workday comprised of parent-teacher conferences (2 per semester)

·       5 teacher workdays before the first day of school  

·       Holidays for all – Labor Day, Martin L. King, Jr. Day, and President’s Day

·       Thanksgiving break – one week in November

·       Spring Break – one week coinciding with most metro area districts 

·       Last day of school for students - fourth week of May   


The recommendation for the 2018-2019 school year is a calendar similar to the current school year’s calendar.  The recommendation includes the following:      

·       Pre-planning Week – July 30 – August 3, 2018

·       First Day of School – August 6, 2018     

·       Last Day of School for Students – May 23, 2019      

The major differences are the end of first semester for students, the beginning of second semester for students, and the designated Spring Break.  Although there are several possibilities for the fall mini break, the committee will consider the testing schedules and feedback from the survey.


The recommendation for the 2019-2020 school year is a calendar similar to the current school year’s calendar.  The recommendation includes the following:      

·       Pre-planning Week – July 29 – August 2, 2019

·       First Day of School – August 5, 2019     

·       Last Day of School for Students – May 21, 2020      

The major differences are the end of first semester for students and the beginning of second semester for students.  Although there are several possibilities for the fall mini break, the committee will consider the testing schedules and feedback from the survey.

Please complete the short survey about the calendar options.  This is not a vote but rather an opportunity to receive input from all stakeholders.  In order to ensure that your responses are recorded, select the DONE button at the end of the survey. Please complete the survey only once. Thank you in advance for providing valuable feedback.

Dunwoody High School Principal Briefs Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce

DHS principal briefs Chamber members

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Stan Jester Delays Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation Donation for the Purchase of Ipads for STEM Instruction

One of the agenda items on the DeKalb County School System Board of Education (BOE) Meeting of December 4, 2017 was the approval of a donation of $23,520 from the Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation for the purchase of iPads for use in STEM instruction. 

To my surprise, Stan Jester requested that the agenda item be delayed until the December Board of Education meeting…something about (paraphrasing)…”due diligence”…”not all of my questions have been answered”, etc.  However, Stan did not share what his questions are, though Dr. Greene seemed to know of Stan’s “questions”. 

The item was reviewed by DCSD Legal staff.

I presume that if there was an issue with the donation, the item would not have been placed on the BOE agenda.  Is that an incorrect assumption?

In the many, many years that I have been a consistent scrutinizer of the BOE meetings, I cannot recall a BOE member requesting a delay in voting on a donation to a school, either from an outside source or via the schools foundation.

I have to ask, is Stan's action in delaying this donation retaliation toward PCMS for thwarting the Jester’s attempt at a cheap, sleazy political stunt by allowing their young son to wear a "FNN" t-shirt on a tour of CNN studios? Given the recent behavior of both Nancy and Stan Jester towards those in the Dunwoody community that disagree with their views, particularly those views with regards to school expansion, I believe it is a fair question to ask.

The PCMS staff acted accordingly in requesting young Mr. Jester change his t-shirt.  His t-shirt violated the DCSD Dress Code as outlined in the DCSD Code of Conduct document.   

I hope I’m wrong and that there is a legitimate reason for Stan to delay the funding for these instructional materials.   

Monday, December 4, 2017

Matt Bartels Builds a Gazebo at Dunwoody High School for Eagle Scout Project

h/t Dunwoody City Councilman Terry Nall

This is well done and what an addition to the DHS landscape!!

Just from a personal observation, what an awesome venue for graduation pictures....standing under the "Wildcat Pride" sign in cap and gown, ala the Auburn University sign at Samford Park or the arch at UGA?  

Terry Nall on Twitter

Friday, December 1, 2017

2016 - 2017 DeKalb County School District Hope Eligible Students

As per data released by the Georgia Office of Student Achievement, the following chart outlines the Hope Eligible student data for DCSD:

Lakeside High School had the highest number of HOPE Eligible graduates at 281 with Dunwoody High School (243) and Chamblee Charter High School (174) coming in 2nd and 3rd (tied w/ Arabia Mtn) respectively.

Dunwoody High School had the 3rd highest percentage of HOPE Eligible graduates (68.64) behind significantly smaller senior class sizes at DeKalb School of the Arts and DeKalb Early College Academy.

Statewide, Dunwoody High School ranked 14th in the percentage of HOPE Eligible graduates.  DeKalb School of the Arts ranked 2nd, DeKalb Early College ranked 10th.

The entire HOPE Eligible data can be found at the following link:

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

DeKalb County Schools - 2017 Single Statewide Accountability System Awards

Congratulations to the 15 DCSD schools named by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement as 2017 Single Statewide Accountability System Award (SSAS) winners.

As mandated by O.C.G.A 20-14-37 and State Board Rule 160-7-1-.01, GOSA develops award criteria under the Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS) and presents them for approval to the State Board of Education. Awards are given to schools with high academic performance and/or high academic growth.

For the 2015, 2016, and 2017 awards, GOSA used College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) data from the three most recent school years to determine SSAS awards in two categories: Greatest Gains and Highest Performing.[1] Each award category has four tiers: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

Among DCSD Region 1 schools, the winners are:  
  • Austin Elementary School - Highest Performing Award - Platinum
  • DeKalb PATH Academy Charter School - Greatest Gains Award - Silver
  • Dunwoody High School – Greatest Gains Award – Silver; Highest Performing Award - Bronze
  • Kittredge Magnet School – Greatest Gains Award – Gold; Highest Performing Award - Platinum
  • Vanderlyn Elementary School – Highest Performing Award - Gold

Greatest Gains schools exhibit high growth in student achievement by earning a three-year average CCRPI Progress Score in at least the 93rd percentile in the state. Additionally, schools must remain in the same CCRPI Single Score range, as displayed in Table 1 above, over the last three years and be excluded from the Georgia Department of Education’s (GaDOE) 2015 Priority or Focus School list. Table 2 below shows the Greatest Gains criteria by award tier.

Highest Performing schools exhibit high academic performance by earning a three-year average CCRPI Achievement Score in at least the 93rd percentile. In addition, the three-year average CCRPI Achievement Gap Score must be at or above the 75th percentile in the state to ensure the performance of the bottom 25% of a school’s students is not lagging. For the Platinum or Gold award tiers, schools must earn a CCRPI Single Score of 90.0 or above in all three years, while Silver and Bronze award winners must earn a minimum CCRPI Single Score of 80.0 for all three years.  Schools must also be excluded from the GaDOE’s 2015 Priority or Focus School list. Table 3 below shows the Highest Performing criteria by award tier.

Monday, November 13, 2017

**Updated With Vickie Turner's Response**
Commentary: "Hypocrisy & Posturing (an open letter)"

I was requested to post the following open letter to Board of Education members Dr. Joyce Morley and Mrs. Vickie Turner.  Just my humble opinion...this letter is "spot on".  

Dr. Morley and Mrs. Turner,

I am watching the video of Monday's work session and am compelled to comment that the complaints you made about the condition of schools are "rich." Schools are better maintained now than they have been in the last twelve years. Of course, neither of you has had children in DeKalb County Schools so you wouldn't know that. 

Where were the complaints about leaking roofs, dirty floors, nasty bathrooms, potholes in parking lots, and lack of maintenance when Mr. Thurmond was superintendent? When stakeholders came before you with those concerns, you ignored them. It is as if, after four years, you suddenly walked into schools for the first time. I know that to not be true because I have been at community meetings with you. 

As an observer of the BOE, it is ridiculously hypocritical of you to publicly criticize Dr. Green for the condition of the schools when you have done nothing in the last four years to support stakeholders who have come to you with the same complaints. Perhaps, you would do better to "stay in your lane" and let the professionals do their jobs. 

Mr. Williams has said repeatedly that it is up to the BOE to allocate money for maintenance, deferred maintenance, and preventive maintenance. Yet, I have only once heard a board member ask for more money in the budget for these things. Thank you Dr. Erwin. Isn't it hypocritical to deny Mr. Williams the resources to do his job, then complain about the quality of the job he does?

My observation is the BOE has not directed Dr. Green to make facility maintenance a priority. You have chosen to point out what every parent in the county has seen for the last decade as if it is his fault. It isn't. 

That said, Dr. Green's idea of adding the condition of the schools to the principal's evaluation is a bad idea. They have no control over what work orders are completed. As shown with Midvale Elementary, sometimes it takes 18 months or more for requested repairs to be done. What can a principal do other than keep submitting work orders. There is no accountability within the Operations Department for actually completing work orders. Realize the average length of time for a work order to be completed is still in excess of 30 days. It would make more sense to put the accountability in the department whose responsibility it is to do the maintenance. 

Why is the "General Administration" line of the budget not fit for discussion. If you look at page 6 of the financial report it is obvious the administration has spent in excess of $220,000 more year-to-date than in FY '17. At this pace, it will be more than $1 million more by the end of the fiscal year. How is this contributing to educating children? If you want to make Dr. Green look bad to generate more negative stories in the press, at least bother to read the financial reports and choose something he has control over. 

How come nobody asked Dr. Bell why more than $35 million dollars was expensed to prior year? Why are invoices held for more than 90 days and then paid in July and August? My guess is, if the $35 million dollars were paid in a timely manner, the end of year balance would not look so good. This is "cooking the books" and needs to stop. 

Now that you know the extent of the lack of substitute teachers, will you please share the breakdown and comparison data with stakeholders? Please direct the superintendent to develop a plan to address the lack of substitute teachers. 

Also, I laughed out loud when I heard Mr. Patrick say he was trying to get information from other districts without paying for it. DeKalb won't release that information without requiring stakeholders to pay for it. I think I was asked to pay $75 the last time I submitted an ORR for substitute vacancy reports. 

I brought this issue to Superintendent Thurmond's attention and he chose to ignore it. Then, he denied he was aware of it when asked about it. This is not a new problem. The BOE received this same substitute teacher information during the last school year. However, this topic was not brought up in any public BOE meeting. Why not? Why was there no follow up?  

Your discussion as to the cause for teacher absences was not helpful. According to the 2016-17 Balanced Scorecard the absentee rate for classroom teachers was 5.93% which met the stated goal. Absenteeism is not the problem.  

The problems is Human Capital Management fails to adequately plan for teacher absences. That needs to change. DeKalb County needs a professional human resources director who has a track record of managing a large school district. Where is the district in the search for an human resources director? 

The 2011 Human Resources Audit recommended outsourcing most HR functions, including substitute teachers. After six years of continued, and repeated failures, perhaps it is time to revisit that recommendation. 

I expect better behavior from BOE members. Please, before you try to make Dr. Green look bad, consider your own behavior and attitudes before Dr. Green came to the district. None of the issues discussed on Monday is new. You chose to ignore them for years.  Trying to score points at Dr. Green's expense, now, is hypocritical. 

Vickie Turner's reply...a total affront to Kirk Lunde who is one of the most involved DCSD parents I know of....Kirk has spoken at many Community Input sessions at the monthly BOE meetings.  It seems as if Mrs. Turner pays no attention to the citizen comments...Shame on your attitude Mrs. Turner.

Mr. Lunde

Thank for your observation, as you have a right to express. I am choosing to address your assertion that my intention is to make Dr. Green “look bad”, this could not be further from the truth. My goal is to shine a light, to give a clarion call on the problems that I see and when I see them to anyone and everyone that has a desire to work to make DeKalb schools better. Now, what I will suggest to you, as I will to All stakeholders, get involved in the solution and make our district better, as I try to do. You have a right to express your opinions of which you have done so frequently during my tenure, and I suspect you will continue. I too plan to continue to serve this school district in the manner in which I do, that is with determination, diligence and commitment for us to be the BEST that our students deserve. The challenges are many but I remain hopeful. We are making strides and I know that this can be attributed to our collaboration with the Superintendent, his staff and the BOE.

I believe this is the first time that I have responded to your emails, and I suspect it might be the last time as the needs of my community demand my time and energy be spent where I am most needed, Serving.
Mrs. Turner

Friday, November 3, 2017

DeKalb County School District Region 1 CCRPI Scores and Enrollment Data

The Georgia Department of Education has released the 2017 CCCRPI Scores.

I have provided a chart below with the scores for Region 1 and also the ethnic enrollment data.

Dunwoody Mom's "Kudos for 2017 Award" goes to Chesnut Elementary, and its very diverse student population, as they recorded an 18.7 point increase in their 2017 CCRPI score over 2016.  Great job Cougars!!

Kingsley Elementary, with a 60% Hispanic population, continues to impress - recording another increase in their CCRPI score to 81.5.

With the exception of Hightower Elementary, all schools within the Dunwoody cluster and Chamblee cluster recorded scores above the DCSD and State CCRPI scores.

Cross Keys High School recorded CCRPI scores above both the DCSD and State CCRPI scores.

Click on the following link to view all CCRPI data:

Note:  An "*" indicates there are less than 15 students in this category.

FTE Data can be found at the following link:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dunwoody High School GAME ON! Capital Campaign Ways to Give
100 Day Challenge

Hello, Devoted Friends of Dunwoody High School!
Only several months after our initial kick-off, GAME ON! is still on! Progress is happening! Please accept our invitation to join the GAME ON! Capital Campaign’s 100-Day Challenge.
As the completion of Phase 1 draws near, the GAME ON! Committee members were excited to be on hand to shovel the first dirt for the groundbreaking, starting this week, of the new bleachers being installed from the 10 yard line to the 10 yard line on the visitor’s side of the DHS multi-use field. New athletic storage units have already been installed in the end zone. In October, our track will be resurfaced, and a 5-foot high black vinyl-coated fence installed around it. These projects were made possible through donations to the Game On! Athletic Facility Capital Campaign.
We are now challenging our community to raise an additional $400,000 to begin the next phase of our campaign. Phase 2 will include lights for the multi-use field and the softball field, as well as a brick box building at our entrance to sell concessions and tickets. This new building will include restrooms! We also plan to improve our grounds with an archway entrance to our athletic facility and a way to recognize our donors.
Please join the following donors who were the first to accept the 100-Day Challenge invitation: 
Pankey & Horlock, David Goodchild, Bill Gavlak, Jennie Springer, Stacy Stepney, Stephen Goldin, Nanci Rosing, Chuck Seets, Elizabeth Morris, Annemarie Madden, Kim Bertschi, Will Jackson, Hunter Sandifer, Vickie Volan, Richard Wilcox, Joyce Many, Jennifer Troha, Deborah Cameron, Stephanie Schiele, Nicki Mitchell, Jennifer Cohen, Jeffrey Cohen, Jeff & Lynn Garber, Shari Wassell, Rachel & Joe Greenfeld, Lynne Perry, Tripp Allen, Hope Follmer, Marynell & Paul Fernandez.
A sincere THANK YOU for your generosity.
We thank ALL our past and future supporters for helping make this dream a reality. GAME ON, Wildcats!
For more information, updates, and TO DONATE ONLINE OR BY CHECK, please click on the following link:

See below for WAYS TO GIVE (how donors will be permanently recognized). Donations are not limited to these amounts. We will gladly accept any amount you can give to help us reach our goal.
Other Ways You Can Help:
·         Host a fundraising party/gathering/coffee…Email Melissa Humphries at to pick a date.
·         Spread the word!
·         Share on Facebook!

Please watch out slide show of IDEAS for the Campaign.  Those are NOT official drawings...only possibilities that can be possible with your donation.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Commentary: Is It Time for the DeKalb County School District and Board of Education to Re-Visit the E-SPLOST V Project Timeline in Region 1?
Updated to Reflect John E. Lewis ES Data

Below is a chart that outlines the actual 2017-2018 actual enrollment versus the projected enrollment data.

Does the recently released enrollment data signal a need to re-evaluate the E-SPLOST V timeline with regards to the Chamblee Charter High School (CCHS) and Dunwoody High School (DHS) facility additions?

As per the E-SPLOST V Project listing, the construction on the new addition at Chamblee Charter HS is scheduled to commence November, 2018, with an overall completion date of October 2020.

As per the E-SPLOST V Project listing, the construction on the new addition at Dunwoody HS is scheduled to commence October 2020, with an overall completion date of September 2022. 

A few notes:

The Dunwoody HS cluster is the only cluster within Region 1 that recorded an increase in Actual Enrollment over Projected Enrollment – especially at Peachtree Charter MS and Dunwoody HS. 

The CCHS cluster saw 147 students below projected enrollment.

The Cross Keys HS (CKHS) cluster recorded 325 students below projected enrollment.

What does this data tell me?  (again, only my opinion)

The current plan for the new CKHS is a 2,500 seat facility.  The data does not support this size (FTE) of a facility, unless, this new facility would be used to also alleviate over-crowding at Lakeside.

I believe that DCSD and the Board of Education should stand down on the new addition to CCHS at this time.  The actual enrollment projections, at both ES, MS and HS levels within the CCHS and CKHS attendance areas should cause the district to take a pause with this project.

DCSD and the BOE should “swap” the timelines of the CCHS and DHS school additions.  I am sure both communities would enthusiastically support this modification in the E-SPLOST V construction schedule.  Since an architect has also been chosen for the DHS site, due to the Game On campaign projects, could this “swap” be done easily? 

It’s not an easy task projecting enrollment, especially in an area that is currently affected by gentrification and political issues.  I do not envy Dan Drake’s task with regards to trying to determine what future enrollment brings for Region 1, among other DCSD regions.

Just my thoughts….

Thursday, October 26, 2017

October 2017 Enrollment for Region 1 Schools
Updated With John E. Lewis Elementary School Data

**Note:  The enrollment data has been updated to reflect the addition of John E. Lewis ES.  I was reminded that this school is in Region 1.  My apologies for the oversight.

Dan Drake has released his annual enrollment data for DCSD:

I have documented below the Region 1 enrollment data.  I continue to be concerned about the district's approach to adding on additional capacity to Chamblee High School (which "officially" still has a capacity of 143 students), yet ignoring the needs of Dunwoody High School until 2020.

A few of my observations:

Dunwoody Cluster:

The only elementary school in the Dunwoody cluster with a growth in enrollment was Dunwoody Elementary, 1,092 in 2017 vs 1,033 in 2016. 

The new Austin ES will have a capacity of 900 students.  Current Austin enrollment is 642.  Redistricting when the school opens will be interesting, to say the least.

I still contend the better option would have been to build a new school and combine Chesnut and Kingsley.  Politicians won this battle, however.

Huge growth at Dunwoody High School – almost 2,000 students.  Freshman class is 573 students.  The largest freshman class at DHS????

Chamblee Cluster:

Very little enrollment growth in Chamblee Cluster – only Montgomery ES saw a slight increase.

Of the 956 students at Chamblee Middle School, 294 students are from out of the attendance zone (Magnet students)

Of the 1,667 students at CCHS, 638 are from out of the attendance zone.  (Magnet/Charter students)

I realize the Magnet program is "sacred" to many CCHS stakeholders, but if you need space for resident students, perhaps the Magnet program location should be a consideration rather than placing 2,000 students in a physical plant the size of the current CCHS campus.  Is DCSD building a high school that will never be at 100% capacity? (See Enrollment trends)

Cross Keys Cluster:

With the exception of John Lewis Elementary School, there is a dramatic decrease at the elementary school level - though the schools continue to be overcrowded.  The new John E. Lewis ES and new Doraville ES will each allow for a 900 seat FTE, which should assist in the overcrowding at the ES school level.  

Is the downward trend in enrollment just a “blip” or an early indicator of what is ahead for Region 1?  Is this a response to the political environment and the continued gentrification of Brookhaven and parts of Chamblee?

From the Reporter article on Brookhaven's "dilemma" with regards to gentrification of Buford Highway:

“I’ve lost 457 apartment units in the last three-and-a-half years,” he said. “The complexes … they’re going for $125,000 a door. In the last three years … Park Towne North [apartments], which probably had the lowest rent, has gone from $600 a month to $1,000 a month.”

The promise of a new Cross Keys High School in Brookhaven may spur even more gentrification, he said. The current Cross Keys High, which is vastly overcrowded and suffers from many maintenance issues, is set to become a middle school. A new high school is needed, but it will attract outsiders, he noted. No final site for the new high school has been officially decided.

“Do I support that or rail against that?” he said. “Do I [choose] to keep kids in horrendous conditions or advocate for money being spent for them?”

If these enrollment trends continue, will a new 2,000 seat CKHS be necessary? 

Despite some neighborhood rezoning to CCHS, Cross Keys saw an increase in enrollment over 2016.  Again, will the decrease in enrollment at the ES school level affect the future enrollment at CKHS?

31 trailers at Cross Keys for an over-capacity of 121 students?  I am assuming these are at CKHS in preparation for conversion to a middle school?  Otherwise, this does not make sense to me.

As for the insistence that a "Doraville" High School is needed..well, the data continues to show that an additional high school is not needed at this time.

Does DCSD need to take a "time out" and re-evaluate their ESPLOST V approach with regards to Region 1?  Yes, a new Doraville ES school is needed...the current building(s) is just unacceptable for academic purposes.  Beyond that what?