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DeKalb Holds School Organization Community Meetings

The meeting at Tucker High School will be on Jan. 15.

Every five years, school districts across the state submit a list of schools to participate in the state capital outlay program. The DeKalb district is completing an application for funding that requires a list of its schools, and the DeKalb County “Proposed School Organization” meets the state requirements. It is not a redistricting plan.

In January, the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) planning staff will revise its briefing to focus the community's understanding on DeKalb's list of schools and minimize any discussion of boundary changes. This list of schools will incorporate the new schools added under the SPLOST IV capital program.

The staff briefing in January will clarify that a list of schools is all that is needed to begin the state application process. The list of schools does not require any information about boundary lines. Consequently, the proposed school organization is not a redistricting plan but a list of school facilities the district expects to operate in the out years. This list is used to determine the state's award for capital project funding.

DCSD staff will update the current list of 2007-12 schools to show SPLOST IV new school buildings and any decommissioned buildings out to the years 2016-17. The briefing will underscore that the Board of Education need only approve a list of schools so that the district meets state processing deadlines in order to qualify for funding. Any discussion about boundaries, if needed, would take place sometime in the future and under a separate, detailed public process per district policy.

The public information meetings about the 2016-17 list of schools will be held from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. on the following dates:
Region 5: January 8, 2013 McNair High
Region 3: January 9, 2013 Redan High
Region 4: January 10, 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. High
Region 2: January 15, 2013 Tucker High
Region 1: January 16, 2013 Dunwoody High
District-wide: January 17, 2013 DCSD Administrative and Instructional
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From a press release sent by the DeKalb Schools System

Guy Midvale December 24, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I find it interesting how the proposed organization posted on the DCSD web site (https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dekalb.k12.ga.us%2Fwww%2Fdocuments%2Fsplost-iv%2Fproposed-organization-facilities-presentation-and-binder-(2012-12-10).pdf) says on page 10, "Dec 11, 2012 – Jan 16, 2013: Public Input on Proposed Org" but now Mr. Dickerson puts out this press release saying, "the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) planning staff will revise its briefing to focus the community's understanding on DeKalb's list of schools and minimize any discussion..." When does the Tucker Cluster get to have any input? We are up to our eyeballs in boundary changes and school closings? I think the Livsey community will want to discuss boundary changes since their school is going to be closed. Dr. Atkinson is NOT being transparent. People are still waiting for answers to questions asked at the October Parent Round Table. If she won't answer simple questions, which she publicly promised to do, how can we trust her with redistricting? Oops. I mean reorganization?

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