The vision for DeKalb or at least the meeting times are murky today

A DeKalb parent sent me this note:  The DeKalb School Board meeting to unveil their “2020 Vision” (part of the reason for undergoing the redistricting nightmare of the winter) was originally scheduled for Friday (before a holiday weekend) at 9:00 a.m.  Sometime on Thursday, it was rescheduled for 9:30 a.m.  Then later in the day (after 5:00 p.m.) it was re-scheduled for 11:30 a.m. (on the Friday before a holiday weekend).  I’m just asking:  is this the transparency the DeKalb School Board hopes to achieve?

So, I asked the county schools if these facts were true. This is the note this morning from DeKalb schools spokesman Walter Woods:

True that the meeting was moved from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. because of scheduling issues and the board added an executive session before their public meeting. The meeting times change pretty regularly, and executive sessions to hear briefings on personnel matters or from the legal team are added frequently as well (don’t know what’s on today’s executive session agenda).

The after 5 p.m. change on the web site was actually a glitch with IT; it was supposed to happen much earlier yesterday, and Ms. Tyson was not happy that the change happened so late. This is certainly not an attempt to hide the 2020 Vision plan, or any other item, from the public.

And this will not be the last meeting on 2020 Vision. It’s not scheduled to be formally approved until August as I understand it, and the public will have many opportunities to discuss the details of the plan.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

19 comments Add your comment

Dunwoody Mom

May 27th, 2011
12:07 pm

Dunwoody Mom

May 27th, 2011
12:11 pm

And it is NOT being shown on PDS-24. That is totally ridiculous.

What's best for kids?

May 27th, 2011
12:18 pm

Sounds like a typical board of education to me.

catlady

May 27th, 2011
2:23 pm

“This is certainly not an attempt to hide the 2020 Vision plan, or any other item, from the public.”

hahahaha

Dunwoody Mom

May 27th, 2011
2:39 pm

candcssdoanythingright

May 27th, 2011
2:43 pm

Approved on June 5 actually.

This system continues to be a mess. Vouchers please?

candcssdoanythingright

May 27th, 2011
2:46 pm

Also they clearly violated open meetings rules. AGAIN.

Teacher Reader

May 27th, 2011
2:59 pm

The district is never going to change.

Just Saying It Like It Is

May 27th, 2011
5:05 pm

Our children and their teachers ARE NOT the top priority of this Board. Their own selfish priorities are what is top priority to them.

amazed

May 27th, 2011
9:41 pm

The 10 year facility plan will be released on the 27th on a holiday and public comment will close on June 1. Board will vote on June 15. They clearly don’t want any input on this.

That facility plan will be which schools get renovations and will impact future closings (the 8 were only the 1st phase). They want to slip it by everyone.

DeKalb mom

May 27th, 2011
9:41 pm

I was extremely disappointed that this was not broadcast live or streamed on PDS 24. In fact channel 24 was on the agenda and I have no idea why or what was discussed. This meeting was held in the middle of the work day and the day before a holiday weekend and clearly that was intentional.

To anyone who attended, was the meeting recorded in any way? And if yes, then DCSS is shameless unless they immediately post the video/audio on their web site.

The entire purpose of the 2020 Vision is to get DeKalb voters/taxpayers to agree to renew the 1 cent sales tax for another 5 years. I think they just lost a lot more votes…..

Jeff Bragg

May 27th, 2011
11:50 pm

The meeting can be streamed on broadband from a link on the Vision 2020 page of DeKalb’s website. Unfortunately, the Power-Point slides referred to by the speakers are not shown. They may be posted later. I noticed a reference by the consultant to a printed document supplied to the Board members, which may have data not provided in the downloadable pdfs. Perhaps Cerebration or Sandy S. will get a copy and post it to DeKalbSchoolwatch.blogspot.com. N.B.: the video is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Write Your Board Members

May 28th, 2011
6:33 am

Ironically, they were talking about broadcasting the called meetings lilve, not just recording and broadcasting later. No decision was made.

The plans released are not specific to which schools will be closed — unless they are to be replaced by a new building. There are six new elementary schools planned, which in some cases (all?) I would guess would lead to a change in attendance lines or school closures.

Here are the documents to accompany the video:

http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/www/documents/vision-2020/master-plan-presentation-(2011-05-27).pdf

the video:
http://view.liveindexer.com/ASXGenerator.aspx?mediaSKU=pOoOQxtDv%2fw%2bqGH49Z%2fx4Q%3d%3d

I was surprised at how little is being changed in this plan. From what I see, DCSS will still have the same number of high schools when this is over as well as the same number of middle schools. We will still be overpaying for services that other systems don’t have too, because they have larger schools.

In addition, this is a 10 year plan, but it really is a 15 year plan As the final phase begins in 2023, with the presumption of yet another SPLOST. Projects slated for that Phase might not be complete until 2028.

Perhaps some changes

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DeKalb mom

May 28th, 2011
8:26 am

I presume that the 6 new elementary schools will be built to fit the 900 student model. To the extent that the current school zone does not have this many students or projected enrollment, then yes it will trigger further consolidation of small elementary schools. However, the school system needs to continue to adjust lines and close tiny schools that cannot offer the resources and programs that the students need.

As for high schools, my question is what is DeKalb going to do for NCLB transfer students next year and the following year? DCSS said that they plan to close annexes but where will the students go? There is really no space in the very few schools that might make AYP. I wondered if they would use the relatively new Avondale Middle School but the plan indicates that they are going to consolidate DESA and DSA there.

Atlanta Media Guy

May 28th, 2011
3:45 pm

Wasn’t it less than a year ago when DCSS asked for public input after business hours of a Friday and the deadline was 48 hours later on Sunday afternoon? This is what criminal operations do when they want to confuse the authorities. DCSS = Criminal Operation… The CLew inner circle, which remains in place to this very day, should resign immediately! This bunch actually think we love our school system. This is a pathetic mess and if Ramona Tyson, who promised transparency , has an ounce of integrity she should go on TV announce a new meeting, present it on PDS-24 and apologize for her pathetic staff that lied to her just two weeks ago regarding the E&Y boxes found. What a sorry bunch we have running OUR school system. DCSS = EPIC FAILURE!

Dekalb Oldtimer

May 29th, 2011
11:49 am

My metaphor once again :D ekalb School Board AND cronies in their employ ARE a pack of cats always scurrying around in an effort to cover their poop !

Cere

May 29th, 2011
11:15 pm

Since it’s a holiday weekend, I have not been tuned in all that much to DCSS happenings. What a wacky Friday it was though. Not only did they fiddle with meeting times regarding this redistricting issue, they had also included the issue with Dunwoody HS’s formal request of the board to form a lacrosse team after the administration had flat out denied their first request – saying that they couldn’t approve it for Dunwoody without allowing all high schools to play lacrosse (which ironically, they found out that Arabia HS has already been approved for a lacrosse team and had been trying to gain interest enough to field one!) Well, this meeting was part of the originally scheduled 9:30 am meeting, and many interested parents took time from work and hired babysitters in order to attend this meeting – only to find out upon arrival that the meeting had been pushed back two hours!

Waddamess!

Name One

May 31st, 2011
1:07 am

A new Fernbank Elem? What?! Are you kidding me? That school is in fine shape, while nearby McClendon and Laurel Ridge are falling apart.

But Fernbank has the most powerful PTA in the county. They cut a deal with BOE member Gene Walker (with his many relatives working for the system and his many past scandals) to make sure they didn’t have any significant re-districting. And they got their’s.

Fernbank parent leaders Amy Powers and Marshall Orson went ballistic during re-districting. But after they got what they wanted, they forgot about the huge waste, bloat, nepostism, cronyism, corruption, mismanagement, etc. of the DCSS Central Office.

Fernbank got their’s, and to heck with everyone else.

amazed

May 31st, 2011
11:47 pm

Name one-you may be right about Laurel Ridge and McClendon-I’ve never been in them, but obviously, you have never been in Fernbank or weren’t paying too much attention when you were there.