Posts tagged with "City Schools of Decatur"

Decatur Schools stumped by question of whether homestead exemption will raise taxes

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 7, 2016

This Nov. 8, city of Decatur voters will consider expanding the Decatur school homestead tax exemption to seniors 65 and older. The exemption will save seniors $993 in school taxes on every $100,000 of their home’s value. The School Board pushed for the resolution as a gesture to seniors concerned about housing affordability in the […]

Decatur School Board members inspired to do more after dyslexia discussion

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 25, 2016

The Decatur School Board was clearly moved by what they heard during an Aug. 2 work session about the struggles of dyslexic students attending City Schools of Decatur. The Decatur School Board officially held a discussion about the work session at its regular meeting on Aug. 9. Parents of dyslexic students were also in attendance at […]

City Schools of Decatur exploring ways to help dyslexic students

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 8, 2016

For years parents of dyslexic City Schools of Decatur students have been working behind the scenes to make changes in the classroom to help their children become better readers. And for years, they say, CSD officials resisted change. But there’s a renewed focus on these students following an emotional work session on Aug. 2. Superintendent […]

Decatur superintendent says AJC article example of ‘how to lie with statistics’

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 29, 2016

City Schools of Decatur Superintendent David Dude is taking issue with a recent Atlanta Journal Constitution article that said two of the district’s elementary schools were “ranked among the worst in the state.” The article states that two schools – Winnona Park Elementary and Oakhurst Elementary – had some of the “highest proportional increases” of […]

City Schools of Decatur holding hearings on property tax increase

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 22, 2016

City Schools of Decatur will hold public hearings next month regarding a tax increase. The millage rate – 18.66 – will not change, but it will still be an increase due to the increase in property values around Decatur, Finance Director Susan Hurst said. The average increase in property taxes will be .80 percent, she […]

City of Decatur begins selling School Board on tax breaks for development

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 17, 2016

The city of Decatur wants City Schools of Decatur to join its Tax Allocation District to help pay for infrastructure improvements to East Decatur Station. But the School Board has a few questions. School Board Chair Annie Caiola said she wants to hear from people who are critical of this kind of financing. Superintendent David […]

City Schools of Decatur’s accreditation report shows need for improvement

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 15, 2016

City Schools of Decatur reported in March that its accreditation had been renewed for another five years. The accreditation report makes note of areas where CSD can improve. The school system did receive high marks overall. One School Board member concluded at the end of the meeting that the accreditation process was a “useless” exercise because […]

Decatur School Board will consider finalizing purchase of Talley Street property

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 14, 2016

This story has been updated.  The Decatur School Board will meet on June 14 and will consider finalizing the purchase of several parcels along Talley Street. Board members voted to go under contract for the property in June of last year. At the time, the anticipated purchase price was $1.25 million per acre for 3.9 acres. […]

Decatur’s annexation plans are a ‘clean slate’, officials say

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 8, 2016

Decatur’s old plans to expand the city’s size through annexation are being reconsidered. The map that sketched out those plans is “effectively dead,” the city manager says. That was the major takeaway from a two-hour meeting of the Decatur School Board and Decatur City Commission held Tuesday night, June 7. Future annexation proposals could consider a […]

Guidelines on transgender facility access stir debate, but protections aren’t new

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 17, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education caused a stir with a recent letter to school systems offering guidance on how to protect the rights of transgender students. School systems in Atlanta, DeKalb County and the city of Decatur already have policies that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. One section of […]

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