DeKalb county's school redistricting process

From Collette McDonald's newsletter: Redistricting: Yep, it's bound to happen but how will it affect you? Get involved by being part of the 11 month county process. More info is available on the County's 2020 Vision website here with dates, locations and times of the community meetings to hear your opinion. Also, there will be a presentation by Ramona Tyson, interim superintendent, at the Dunwoody Chamblee Parent Council meeting on November 3rd at 9:00 a.m. at Dunwoody Elementary School.

DeKalb County Hike and Bike

Event Date and Time: 
10/23/2010 - 10:30am - 1:00pm

From OneDekalb, CEO's office: Come help us celebrate the opening of a new section of the South River Trail! Take a hike or ride your bike with DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, DeKalb County Commissioners and other outdoor enthusiasts. Meet the people who made these trails possible.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. hike and bike to follow.

Three important redistricting meetings this week

Hello Clairmont Heights Neighbors— This week promises to be a banner one for those concerned with the DCSS School Consolidation and Redistricting Initiative (kind of Orwellian, no?).  We will (hopefully) finally hear what the outlines of the plan are and what criteria are to be applied to any decision-making.  It has been stressed by Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson that we should not expect the big unveiling to be an ending point, but a beginning in the process.  I’m choosing to think of it as finally finding out what we are up against.

Clairmont Heights Neighborhood Meeting about School Redistricting

Event Date and Time: 
10/22/2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

From a concerned group of CHCA neighbors: CLAIRMONT HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING ABOUT SCHOOL REDISTRICTING: Friday, October 22nd, from 7:00--9:00 PM  at the Fellowship Hall of North Decatur Presbyterian Church (corner of Medlock and North Decatur Roads).  Come find out about the Dekalb County School System’s redistricting plan and how it might affect our Fernbank Elementary attendance zone

Voter Guide from League of Women Voters

Thanks to Laurel Ridge neighborhood newsletter for bringint this to our attention: League of Women Voters "Voter Guide"


NBC's Hoda Kotb book talk this Friday in Decatur

Event Date and Time: 
10/15/2010 - 7:30pm

From Civic Association Network: Be sure to invite your friends to First Baptist this Friday evening, October 15, for a conversation with Hoda Kotb, co-host of NBC's Today Show. Ms Kotb's visit with us in Decatur is sponsored by our partners at the Georgia Center for the Book.

Car break-in at Emory Woods

From DeKalb Police via  No other details given.

Yahoo discussion group forming for Fernbank Elementary Neighborhoods

From the Fernbankd Elementary PTA: Dear Parents,  Some of you may be aware that the DeKalb County Board of Education and Interim Superintendent have stated that they intend to conduct a county-wide redistricting and school consolidation, to be effective next school year.  The main goal of the plan is to redistribute, or “right-size,” the student population to relieve overcrowding and potentially close under-attended schools.  The state will only fully fund elementary schools that have 450 students or more.   

Redistricting Meetings


From the Fernbank Elementary PTA: 
The best way for the school community to be involved at this stage is to attend the Emory LaVista Parent Council Meeting on October 20, at 9:15am, to be held at Briarlake Elementary (  The subject of that meeting will be the process of redistricting (as opposed to content -- there is no content, to our knowledge -- i.e. no proposal on the table), and speaking at that meeting will be Dan Drake, the demographer for DeKalb County Schools who is leading the redistricting plan effort, if one does come to fruition. 

County strategic plan online survey extended

From DeKalb County: FOCUSS DeKalb Online Survey Extended!

State rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield update 10/7/10

From state rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Oct. 7, 2010: Exhibit Night for the Museum School of Avondale Estates; Kids Eat Free; DeKalb Board of Education Candidate Forum; School Superintendent Forum; Enough is Enough Campaign; Vote Yes to Amendment 4; DeKalb County Early Voting Campaign; Community Events

Online Demographic Maps

The Emory Libraries Electronic Data Center has made available an interactive map of the metro Atlanta area which allows you to zoom in on our area and look at such layers as median age, median income, population change, median home value, unemployment rate, and average household size.

DeKalb's permanent electronic recycling site

From Keep DeKalb Beautiful: Keep DeKalb Beautiful offers residents of DeKalb County the opportunity to recycle their old electronic items properly and reduce the environmental liability of hazardous material entering Seminole Road Landfill.

It's estimated that there are at least 4.4 million PCs and 8 million Televisions in 3 million households in Georgia. This e-waste will eventually become 334,800 tons of e-waste that will end up in our landfills.

Clifton Community Partnership October Newsletter

Contents: Stream Cleaning; Cars on Clifton Make Room for Bicycles; Update on Emory Village Roadwork; Luminaries Participate in Program with Dalai Lama at Emory; Emory Launches Mobile Suite of Apps; Relief Work Displayed in CDC Photo Essay; Georgia's School Superintendent Candidates Debate; Freshman Class at Emory is Diverse and Talented; Attorney General Debate Held at Emory; Faculty-Taught QUEST Courses Open; Blazing a New Path for Development Work; Awash with Fun at Fernbank!

DeKalb Cleanup projects

From CEO Ellis' office:

Shamrock Middle School Name Change

From the Laurel Ridge neighborhood listserv:  Here is further explanation of the proposed Shamrock Middle School name change that I got from one of the committee members, Lisa Gordon. 

Emory village roundabout groundbreaking ceremony

Event Date and Time: 
10/06/2010 - 11:00am

Public Invited to Groundbreaking for Emory Village Roundabout.  Join Emory Village neighbors, business owners and university faculty and staff at 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 6, 20101, for groundbreaking ceremonies for the Emory Village roundabout and streetscape construction project.  DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, county commissioners Kathy Gannon and Jeff Rader and representatives from AIEV will turn symbolic shovels of dirt at the site of the future roundabout at the intersection of North Decatur and Oxford roads near the Emory entrance.

Locals "act out" "To kill a mockingbird" onstage

From a neighbor who says "Several of our neighbors/former neighbors are involved in the production": The Drama Action Team of Decatur First United Methodist Church Presents Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning story "To Kill a Mockingbird" Adapted for stage by Christopher Sergel. Directed by Sharon Brewer.  Join us for this powerful story of tolerance set in the South during the Depression that displays both the best and worst of folks in a small, poor Alabama town just trying to make their way.

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson Newsletter 10/1/10

From 4th district U.S. Rep Hank Johnson: Helping businesses; U.S. jobs; Lilburn 100; Doraveille, Neglected diseases; Bill of Rights; Seniors; Medicare; Fighting HIV; DUI courts; Teens; Flood funds; Frame.

Dekalb CEO newsletter 10/1/10

From county CEO Burrell Ellis:  Cooperative Agreement; Neighborhood Summit; Vote DeKalb; Code Enforcement; Stogner named COO.  "Dear Neighbor: We are excited about the many changes in our county since the first issue of our CEO newsletter.

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