Thursday, April 25, 2013
If you missed it, you can watch the school superintendent's address here.
A man with a lot on his plate, Superintendent Michael Thurmond took some time this week to attend a meeting of the Tucker Parent Council. He spoke at length about the challenges the DeKalb School District is facing and answered many questions. It was revealed during the meeting that Tucker High School will have close to 1,900 students next school year. The building, completed less than a decade ago, is supposed to hold only about 1,600. A video transcript accompanies this article. Thanks to Stan Jester of FactChecker.StanJester.com for providing it to Patch.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
No shortage of items on the agenda.
Wednesday, February 20
Join us Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Idlewood Elementary School. Our Regional Superintendent, Mrs. Cynthia Brictson, has requested an opportunity to follow-up on questions and concerns brought to her attention at the last two TPC meetings. We welcome her and the opportunity for clarity and strategic planning regarding our Tucker Schools. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. As time permits, we will also review recent events regarding the DeKalb School Board. About TPC: Chartered in 2002, Tucker Parent Council (TPC) was formed to serve as an advocate for Tucker-area schools, encouraging citizens to be individual change agents on behalf of public education, and to serve as a conduit for productive dialog between the DeKalb County School District…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Parents were agitated as neither the Regional Superintendent nor board members appeared to have answers.
The Tucker Parent Council (TPC) met Monday, only hours after the release of the report from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the division of AdvancED responsible for the accreditation of schools in the South. There were approximately 25 parents and community members at the meeting held at Midvale Elementary School, just off LaVista Road in Tucker. Most of those in attendance represented Livsey Elementary School. The TPC's guest was Cynthia Brictson, Region II Superintendent for DeKalb County Schools. Also present were Marshall Orson and Jim McMahan, two of the three incoming board members who are scheduled to take their posts Jan. 7, 2013. Brictson mainly took notes and made offers to carry the sentiment of the …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Midvale Elementary is hosting the year's last TPC meeting.
The Tucker Parent Council holds a meeting on Monday, Dec. 17 at Midvale Elementary School "for a candid discussion about the issues facing our Tucker Schools," according to an email sent by a council member last week. Unfortunately, the email did not divulge what time the meeting takes place, and there was no response to Tucker Patch's enquiries. The TPC email address is email@example.com and Midvale's phone number is 678-874-3402. "We will be revisiting items left unresolved at the last TPC meeting and will be addressing additional concerns. Regional superintendent Cynthia Brictson will be our guest," the council member added. Related articles on Tucker Patch Mark Your Calendar On Jan. 15 at Tucker High School, the school …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Superintendent of DeKalb County Schools gives her “State of the District” address
On Monday night, Dr. Cheryl Atkinson, Superintendent of DCSS, spoke at Livsey Elementary at the last Tucker Parent Council meeting of the year. After introducing the senior support staff (“A team”) members that were present, Dr. Atkinson remarked that she has been in her position for 22 weeks, and in that time, her main focus has been student success. “Too often, in the past, we’ve been distracted and sidetracked, and we won’t lose focus again,” she said. She then went through the list of programs and goals that she has initiated for the school system and highlighted some of her long-term plans. Among them: - The Central Office audit, which will help bring fairness and equity in salaries across the district, verify all employees, and …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson will be the guest speaker.
The public is invited to attend the Tucker Parent Council's final meeting for the 2011-2012 school year today, Monday, April 23. The meeting will be held at Livsey Elementary School at 7 p.m. Dr. Cheryl Atkinson, Superintendent of DeKalb County School District, is scheduled to attend and will present a talk titled "State of the District." There will be a question and answer session after the presentation. In other TPC news: Volunteers from each school are needed to help man the council's booth during Tucker Day on Saturday May 12, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The council is also asking each school to prepare a description of their activities and awards to be included in a brochure. For more information, please contact Jeanie Christian at …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday night's meeting focused on legislation pertaining to education.
Tucker Parent Council held its monthly meeting at Idlewood Elementary on Monday night. Representative Scott Holcomb was the guest speaker, and he discussed current legislation pertaining to education in DeKalb County and in the state. Holcomb focused on two key issues that the legislature is working through currently: DeKalb Board of Education redistricting and charter schools. Holcomb is part of the five-member subcommittee charged with recommending how the BOE reduction and redistricting should be handled as a result of SB79, which passed last fall and requires that school boards be comprised of no more than seven members. Last week, the committee reviewed two maps, with three votes going to what’s come to be known as the 5-district “…
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
DeKalb’s new superintendent attended a meet and greet with parents and staff from Tucker-area schools
On Tuesday night, the Tucker Parent Council (TPC) hosted a meet and greet with Dr. Cheryl Atkinson, new superintendent for DeKalb County School System. The program, held at Livsey Elementary, had around 80 people in attendance, including principals, teachers, parents, and community members from the seven schools in the Tucker cluster (Tucker High, Tucker Middle, and Brockett, Idlewood, Livsey, Midvale, and Smoke Rise Elementary). Also in attendance were several members of Dr. Atkinson’s staff, as well as Paul Womack from the DeKalb County Board of Education. The meeting began with a welcome from Larry Donroe-Wells, Co-President of TPC, followed by an introduction of Dr. Atkinson by Dr. Melanie Castelle, the principal at Livsey Elementary. …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Dr. Cheryl Atkinson issues a mission and philosophy statement, and visits Tucker next week.
Monday, November 7, 2011
The DeKalb County Board of Education has unanimously approved a Theory of Action for Change for DeKalb Schools, a mission and philosophy statement that outlines how the new School System administration plans to improve student success in every part of the school district. The Theory of Action for Change calls for creating a culture of accountability among School System leadership and employees; pledges to put more authority in the hands of principals who achieve, while offering more support and guidance for schools that need improvement; and outlines finding new and creative ways to recognize and compensate teachers. The Theory of Action for Change also creates a framework to build a new district-wide curriculum; provide more transparency …
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Around 45 parents and administrators met Monday night at Brockett Elementary.
The Tucker Parent Council (TPC) met Monday night at Brockett Elementary to discuss SPLOST IV, which is up for election on the November 8 ballot. Administrators and parents from all seven Tucker-area schools (Brockett, Idlewood, Livsey, Midvale and Smoke Rise Charter Elementaries as well as Tucker Middle and Tucker High) were in attendance. SPLOST IV is the proposed 1 penny consumption (sales) tax that would be used for funding capital improvements in DeKalb county schools (including DeKalb County School System [DCSS], City of Decatur Schools, and the area of Atlanta Public Schools that falls within the DeKalb county lines). Dan Drake, Director of Planning and Forecasting for DCSS, and Barbara Colman, Interim CIP Officer for DCSS, as well …