Spreadsheet of 2015 enrollment/capacity

Attached is a spreadsheet for the schools affected by the Cross Keys Redistricting plan. Also included is the same data on other surrounding schools that are not part of the plan options under consideration.

DeKalb Schools Cross Keys Cluster redistricting presentation, maps released

The Brookhaven Post:

On Thursday, DeKalb County Schools released a presentation and maps for the first round of scheduled community meetings to discuss redistricting options for the Cross Keys Cluster.

full article/ maps:



Ira B. Melton/ Mason Mill Park path

Commissioner Rader:

Greetings: Work will soon begin on the path linking Ira B. Melton to Mason Mill Park.  You may have already noticed the stakes for the portion that Ed Castro Landscapes will be improving.  Please note, this passage will be cleared with construction fencing to a wider width of about 10 to 14 feet just to allow for materials to be brought to the creek’s crossing.  Once complete, the path will only be 6 feet wide.  Additionally, the path will be constructed of a pervious composite material to ensure that the sediments in the flood plain don’t become mucky, making the trail impassible.  Also of note are three sections of the trail which will be improved with wooden crossings of drainage swales, again to prevent degradation of the forest floor.  We hope you enjoy these improvements. 

See you out on the trail!


Cross Keys Cluster Redistricting Plan

CHCA Board Member Kara Rozell:

DeKalb County School District is holding several up-coming meetings to discuss the Cross Keys Cluster Redistricting Plan.  Information about the proposed plan options are posted here: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/www/redistricting/.  

All the schools in the Cross Keys Cluster are significantly over-crowded. DCSC is looking to build a more permanent solution, but needs a temporary solution for the immediate future (starting Fall 2016).  

There are 3 options for redistricting the elementary schools and Options I & II impact Fernbank Elementary School directly.  Both of these options move all Briar Vista ES students not in the Montessori or Special Education programs at that school to Fernbank ES (364 students) to make room for Cross Keys cluster elementary students to move to the Briar Vista ES facility.  Option III utilizes the former International Student Center (on N. Druid Hills Rd. near Target) to relieve over-crowding and does not impact Fernbank ES or Briar Vista ES directly.

The Cross Keys High School will also under-go redistricting, but the current plan does not impact the Druid Hills Cluster schools. The three meetings are structured as follows:


- Round I (Jan. 14 & Jan. 19): Presentation of the Plans and Small-Group Discussions of each option [NOTE: the Jan. 19th mtg is being held at DHHS at6pm]
- Round II (Feb. 11): Presentation of DCSC Staff Recommendations [at Cross Keys HS, 6pm]
- School Board Mtg (March 7): Presentation of Superintendent Recommendations & vote
Please try to attend the Jan. 19th mtg at DHHS and share your opinion about the options presented.  Please keep in mind that the DCSC will only consider input related to the criteria established for the redistricting process (which can be found within the agenda and handouts posted on the above website). Input that relates to this criteria will have the most sway.

Data about enrollment/capacity related to the Cross Keys Redistricting Issue

Data about enrollment/capacity related to the Cross Keys Redistricting Issue



Dekalb County School District Redistricting Community Mtgs

Dekalb County School District Redistricting Community Mtgs

Upcoming public meetings regarding Cross Keys attendance area overcrowding and DCSD's response. It's understood these meetings are progressive; if you would like to participate/ offer input, the first two meetings would be the forum.
News Release:
The DeKalb County School District will be holding three (3) public meetings to present redistricting options to address overcrowding in the Cross Keys Cluster.
The community will have an opportunity to voice their comments on the proposed options at these meetings.
The affected schools include Briar Vista ES, Cary Reynolds ES, Chamblee HS, Cross Keys HS, Dresden ES, Fernbank ES, Montclair ES, Warren Tech, and Woodward ES.
Final recommendations on redistricting will be presented for approval at the March 2016 Board Meeting.

Meetings will be held:
1. Thursday, January 14th 2016, 6:00 pm at Sequoyah Middle School – 3456 Aztec Road Doraville, GA 30340
2. Tuesday, January 19th 2016, 6:00 pm at Druid Hills High School – 1798 Haygood Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
3. Thursday, February 11th 2016, 6:00 pm at Cross Keys High School – 1626 N. Druid Hills Road NE Atlanta, GA 30319


Suburban Plaza update: LA Fitness open, Starbucks construction begins

Decaturish: A week and a half after Walmart opened in Suburban Plaza, a second new business is open.

LA Fitness Decatur opened Friday, November 20. An employee who answered the phone at LA Fitness confirmed the opening and said the gym will even be open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The employee said no group classes were scheduled yet, but said to keep checking online.


Commissioner Gannon Newsletter

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Holiday Sanitation Schedule

  • Thursday, Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Day observed; no sanitation collection service
  • Friday, Nov. 27 - Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Thursday, Nov. 26 will be serviced on Friday, Nov. 27

All Sanitation Division administrative offices, including customer service, will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27.

full newsletter



CHCA Zoning and Planning Presentation

attached: Jim Smith's power point presentation for Nov. 18 CHCA Community Mtg

Civil War Walking Tours at the DeKalb History Center

Civil War Walking Tours at the DeKalb History Center
Have you ever wanted to know more about the effects of the war on the citizens of this area? Experience the war through the eyes of the people who lived through the battle, the siege of Atlanta, and the surrender and occupation. This one-hour tour includes an exhibit at the DeKalb History Center and a walk in downtown Decatur.
Meet in lobby at Historic Courthouse in Decatur (101 East Court Square)
Friday November 13 at 3 p.m.

"It is time to issue a Call for BLUEPRINT II"

Commissioner Gannon:

Nov. 5, 2015

Dear Friends,

It is time to issue a Call for BLUEPRINT II.

Almost two years ago, DeKalb County citizens from neighborhoods all across the county came together and began a process to redefine our County government.  We called it a Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb. With Tuesday’s election and the success of the ethics reform ballot measure, DeKalb can look back on those two years of work and see how much has been accomplished. Together, we have brought about three key reforms.

Commissioner Gannon: Fall Newsletter and Your Vote Is Needed NOVEMBER 3

Important Countywide Referendum on Ethics!!!
Everyone Get Out and Vote!
Tuesday, November 3

DeKalb County audit oversight committee info

via Civic Association Network:


DeKalb County audit oversight committee

The DeKalb Board of Commissioners today voted to put Belinda Pedroso

and Harold Smith Jr. on the five-member audit oversight committee
created under House Bill 599.

Smith, a retired internal auditor at the Georgia Department of Labor,
was approved for a four-year term.

Pedroso, president of the DeKalb Section of the National Council of
Negro Women, was approved for a one-year term. She currently serves as
a trustee of the DeKalb library system.

Other committee members will be appointed (one each) by the county's
CEO, the chair of the DeKalb County House delegation and the chair of
the DeKalb County Senate delegation.

"DeKalb Special Newsletter"

Interim CEO Lee May - "Up Close and Personal Townhall Meetings"  [MORE INFO]

Commissioner Rader: BOC Agenda Summary from 10/27/15 & other news

BOC Agenda Summary
To view the summary, [CLICK HERE]

*The next BOC Meeting is November 10th.

*Daylight Savings is this weekend.  Change your clocks back before you go to bed Saturday night.

*Don't forget to vote on November 3rd.

Have a very safe Halloween weekend!

Jeff Rader
On Twitter @raderjeff

DeKalb Ethics Reform: vote on November 3!

MANA: On November 3, DeKalb voters will have the opportunity to vastly strengthen the code of ethics that governs county operations. And you would never guess it by the rather bland wording on the ballot.






Commissioner Gannon: Fall Newsletter and Your Vote Is Needed NOVEMBER 3

Commissioner Gannon: Fall Newsletter and Your Vote Is Needed NOVEMBER 3

Important Countywide Referendum on Ethics!!!
Everyone Get Out and Vote!
Tuesday, November 3
Municipal Elections

DeKalb voters have the opportunity to approve sweeping improvements to the ethics laws affecting County officials and employees as first advocated by Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb and supported by the County Operations Task Force. To implement the law, voters in DeKalb must approve the changes by voter referendum. You helped get this law passed by the General Assembly. Now all of DeKalb County needs to go to the polls to continue the march toward reforming DeKalb.  

Ballot Question: “( ) YES ( ) NO

Shall the Act be approved which revises the Board of Ethics for DeKalb County?” 

You can help implement it by voting YES on November 3rd.

The new legislation will:

  • Create an independent Board of Ethics. No longer will the Board of Ethics be appointed by the CEO and Board of Commissioners.
  • In addition to elected officials, all County employees, appointed officials and contractors must comply with the ethics standards.
  • The Ethics Board will hire an Ethics Officer to make certain all County officials and employees are aware of the standards. This ethics officer will monitor a hotline and report alleged ethical violations to the Board of Ethics.
  • The Board of Ethics has the power to fine, refer for prosecution and reprimand.



Letter from DeKalb County School District Superintendent Green

October 20, 2015

Dear DeKalb County School Community,

Household Hazardous Waste Event

From Jeff Rader:
Household Hazardous Waste Event
October 17th
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
DeKalb Sanitation Central Transfer Station
3720 Leroy Scott Drive
Decatur, GA 30032
Need to get rid of any old paint, batteries, cleaning products and other hazardous wastes? Then come to the Household Hazardous Waste Event, where you can safely dispose your products. Sponsored by DeKalb County Sanitation and Keep DeKalb Beautiful. This event is at no charge for any resident of DeKalb County.


Chemistry Day at Fernbank Science Center

Chemistry Day at Fernbank Science Center

October 24

12pm - 3pm



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