Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Dunwoody Reporter: "Dunwoody City Attorney: DeKalb schools code enforcement up to state

Another excellent article from Dyana Bagby.

Dunwoody city attorney: DeKalb schools code enforcement up to state I believe these comments from Lynn Deutsch are the most salient concerning the trailer "issue".

Deutsch said the recent arguments by the Jesters and others over what the city should be doing when it comes to code enforcement of DeKalb schools buildings actually buries the bigger picture issue of the school district not abiding by state law.

“The argument has gotten framed in such a way that the important point has been lost, that the school system is not doing what they’re supposed to do … and I think there are a lot of reasons for that,” Deutsch added. She did not elaborate further.

“It is the utter failure of the school system to do what they know is required,” Deutsch said.

“[A]nd we’re pretty powerless, from your take, to penalize them?” she asked.

“The power to penalize [DeKalb schools] goes to the state board,” Riley answered.

Click the following link to read the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City of Dunwoody and DeKalb County School Board of Education:  http://www.jkheneghan.com/city/meetings/2017/May/05082017_MOU_DeKalb_BOE_IGA_inspections_portable_classrooms.pdf



  1. In the post above, the City of Dunwoody attorney states "The power to penalize [Dekalb schools] goes to the state board."

    Well, guess what. Our SBOE rep is holding a public hearing tomorrow, May 10, at 7:00 pm at Centennial High School in Roswell. (See separate blog post at Dunwoody School Daze.)

    Maybe concerned citizens need to show up at the meeting and ask Ms. Hampton about the enforcement approach and power of the State Board of Education.

    I am very concerned that SWSS status means that DCSD can overtly thumb its nose at GaDOE/SBOE rules. Before SWSS, DCSD thumbed its nose a bit more covertly, but just as successfully.

  2. As Kirk Lunde has pointed out several times, the issue with the State DOE not enforcing their rules is quite simple. They publish these "rules" as "guidelines" rather than enforceable rules.

    GADOE Guideline for Educational Facility Construction

    1. "Temporary educational facilities must meet all applicable state and local building codes and must have a separate certificate of occupancy for each building. Temporary educational facilities are to be included in the asbestos plan for the facility at which they are located."

  3. I also believe it is appropriate to ask if the DeKalb Fire Marshall has inspected all of the trailers located within his jurisdiction:

    "The Fire Marshal's Office is charged with enforcing "Rules and Regulations for the State Minimum Fire Safety Standards" as adopted by the State Fire Commissioner. The Fire Marshal is the authority having jurisdiction in these matters for all of unincorporated DeKalb County and for the cities of Dunwoody, Doraville, Chamblee, Stone Mountain, Lithonia, Avondale Estates, Clarkston, Lithonia, and Pine Lake.

    The Fire Marshal's Office has the responsibility to conduct fire and life safety inspections of existing buildings and structures, review plans and specifications for proposed buildings and structures, maintain records, and respond to customer questions and concerns relating to fire hazards."

    1. The Dunwoody police have a responsibility to administer law enforcement in a fair and equitable way that impacts all citizens without bias.

      I think it has been well proven time and time again they do NOT live up to these expectations.