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Decatur School Board to hold regular meeting on July 11

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Decatur School Board to hold regular meeting on July 11

Elizabeth Wilson School Support Center, City Schools of Decatur. Photo by Dean Hesse.

This story has been updated.

Decatur, GA — The City Schools of Decatur School Board will meet on Tuesday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. for a regular meeting. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.

The school board will also meet for an executive session at 5:30 p.m. to discuss personnel, legal and operations.

During the regular meeting, the school board will consider a consent agenda with one item listed as operations approval.

To access the meeting, follow these instructions:

To view the meeting agenda, click here.

To join the Zoom meeting, click here. To join by phone, dial +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592. The webinar ID is 956 1415 9391.

To make a public comment, in-person attendees can register online before the meeting or upon arrival by scanning a QR Code on the Board Room entrance. Registration will ensure that the district collects information necessary to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing. Please ensure the name you enter on the form matches the name you use(d) to sign-up. If the names do not match, it will not be possible for you to be recognized to participate in public comment. To sign up for public comment, click here.

Tuesday will mark the first school board meeting for Superintendent Dr. Gyimah Whitaker. She was sworn in as superintendent on June 13 and her contract began on July 1.

Whitaker will be focused on G.E.M – Gathering, Envisioning and Maximizing – during her first 100 days as superintendent. Her three-step entry plan includes gathering information, reviewing the findings to envision a plan forward, and maximizing the results, according to a press release from CSD.

“As I have said previously, I was drawn to the City Schools of Decatur because I believe this school district is a rare and special find,” Whitaker previously said. “CSD is a good district that will be a great district when all really means all. By recentering the school district on all students, reimagining what school looks like to meet the needs of all students, and creating a space where all students feel included this community, this school district will reach an even higher level of brilliance where all truly means all.”

Each phase of the entry plan is designed to help refine future work around instructional leadership, organizational leadership, and communications, especially in the areas of literacy and closing achievement gaps.

Whitaker was also drawn to the district’s focus on its new strategic plan, titled All in Decatur.

“All means all when all students are able to read and really are not only able to read but are skilled readers,” Whitaker said. “All means all also when achievement gaps are being closed. That achievement gap would be between students who are of various ethnicities and of various backgrounds.”

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