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More than a dozen schools could be affected by DeKalb County Schools redistricting

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More than a dozen schools could be affected by DeKalb County Schools redistricting

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Hundreds of students could potentially be affected by a proposed redistricting in DeKalb County Schools.

The school system has announced its intention to balance enrollment for John Lewis Elementary School and the Druid Hills cluster of schools.

Here’s a list of the schools that could be affected and the meetings planned to discuss the redistricting proposals.

 

 

DRUID HILLS CLUSTER 

Rationale of DeKalb County Schools:

“The purpose of this redistricting process would be to take advantage of the 300 seats of available capacity at Fernbank ES and Briar Vista ES to balance elementary enrollment in the Druid Hills cluster.”

Schools that could be affected:

  1. Avondale ES
  2. Briar Vista ES
  3. Fernbank ES
  4. Laurel Ridge ES
  5. McLendon ES

MEETINGS PLANNED: 

Public Input: Round 1 (October 1, 2018, 7:00 PM at Druid Hills MS)

The purpose of this meeting is to provide and receive information to/from the community as follows:

1. An overview of the numerous factors contributing to the redistricting recommendation

2. A list of schools and attendance areas that could be affected

3. General and preliminary input to/from the community regarding the redistricting process and criteria

Note: No plans will be put forward for public consideration during this first-round meeting. All comments received will be combined with staff analysis to create three redistricting options that will be presented for community input and feedback at the second meeting.

Public Input: Round 2 (October 25, 2018, 7:00 PM at Druid Hills MS)

The purpose of this meeting is to present three options for possible redistricting, and to solicit community input/feedback on the various elements of each option.

Note: Comments from this second-round meeting will be used to create a single staff-recommended option for possible redistricting, which will be presented for public comment and input in the third round.

Public Input: Round 3 (November 28, 2018, 7:00 PM at Druid Hills MS)

The purpose of this third and final round is to present a single staff-recommended option for possible redistricting, and to solicit community input/feedback on this option.

Note: The single option presented may not necessarily reflect any single option presented during round two. Rather, this option will be the result of all compiled public comments from rounds one and two, as well as staff analysis. Presenting this singular option will result in focused community input regarding the specific elements of the plan being considered. This plan is not intended to be final.

Superintendent-Recommended Redistricting Plan

Following community feedback from all rounds of public input (and especially the most recent staff-recommended option), the Superintendent will make any changes deemed necessary and submit the Superintendent-Recommended Redistricting Plan for Board approval.

Board Approval (February 2019)

Board approval is expected in February 2019, and any attendance-area adjustments will take effect Fall 2019.

Source: DeKalb County Schools

JOHN LEWIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL REDISTRICTING 

Rationale of DeKalb County Schools: 

“The purpose of this redistricting process will be to determine new attendance lines for John R. Lewis ES and to better balance student enrollment in the areas around the new school facility. This redistricting will be the first of three years of redistricting in the Cross Keys and Chamblee clusters, as a new elementary school is scheduled to open in the northern part of the Cross Keys cluster in Fall 2020 (one year after the new John Lewis ES opens), and the new Cross Keys HS and converted Cross Keys MS facilities will open in Fall 2021.”

*Schools that could be affected:

  1. Ashford Park ES (Chamblee)
  2. Dresden ES (Cross Keys)
  3. John Lewis ES (Cross Keys)
  4. Montclair ES (Cross Keys)
  5. Montgomery ES (Chamblee)
  6. Woodward ES (Cross Keys)
  7. Chamblee MS (Chamblee)
  8. Sequoyah MS (Cross Keys)
  9. Chamblee HS (Chamblee)
  10. Cross Keys HS (Cross Keys)

*The attendance areas of Briar Vista ES and Fernbank ES inside the Cross Keys cluster will be included in this process.

MEETINGS PLANNED: 

Public Input: Round 1 (October 2, 2018, 7:00 PM at Cross Keys HS)

The purpose of this meeting is to provide and receive information to/from the community as follows:

  1. An overview of the numerous factors contributing to the redistricting recommendation
  2. A list of schools and attendance areas that could be affected
  3. General and preliminary input to/from the community regarding the redistricting process and criteria

Note: No plans will be put forward for public consideration during this first-round meeting. All comments received will be combined with staff analysis to create three redistricting options that will be presented for community input and feedback at the second meeting.

Public Input: Round 2 (October 23, 2018, 7:00 PM at Cross Keys HS)

The purpose of this meeting is to present two – four options for possible redistricting, and to solicit community input/feedback on the various elements of each option.

Note: Comments from this second-round meeting will be used to create a single staff-recommended option for possible redistricting, which will be presented for public comment and input in the third round.

Public Input: Round 3 (November 27, 2018, 7:00 PM at Cross Keys HS)

The purpose of this third and final round is to present a single staff-recommended option for possible redistricting, and to solicit community input/feedback on this option.

Note: The single option presented may not necessarily reflect any single option presented during round two. Rather, this option will be the result of all compiled public comments from rounds one and two, as well as staff analysis. Presenting this singular option will result in focused community input regarding the specific elements of the plan being considered. This plan is not intended to be final.

Superintendent-Recommended Redistricting Plan

Following community feedback from all rounds of public input (and especially the most recent staff-recommended option), the Superintendent will make any changes deemed necessary and submit the Superintendent-Recommended Redistricting Plan for Board approval.

Board Approval (February 2019)

Board approval is expected in February 2019, and any attendance-area adjustments will take effect Fall 2019.

Source: DeKalb County Schools

DeKalb County Schools says that all members of the public are encouraged to attend the input meetings.

People with questions can visit: www.dekalbschoolsga.org/redistricting

Or they can send an email to: redistricting@dekalbschoolsga.org.

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