Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver on school takeover plan

Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver via FB: 
"I had a tough vote yesterday, and supported the Governor's legislation for the state to assume responsibility for the worst performing schools. DeKalb has 23 qualifying schools on the Governor's list of possible takeover schools. The debate was fair."

AJC: "Failure and the success of Nathan Deal’s school-rescue measure"

Success can be found in failure. Our governor proved it Wednesday.

In their tinkering with Nathan Deal’s proposal to award himself the power to take over problem schools, House lawmakers employed some niceties to ease hard feelings.  [READ MORE]


Ira B. Melton Park Work Day

Event Date and Time: 
03/29/2015 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

From coordinator Valerie Boss: Greetings neighbors!  Come pitch in at Ira B Melton Park on March 29 from 1-4pm.  We’ll be doing general maintenance—picking up trash, clearing the trail of overhanging branches, and removing invasive plants.  Trash bags will be supplied. Please bring your own work gloves, drinking water, and tools (loppers and shovels, in particular). Wheelbarrows are always needed. All are welcome, so please spread the word.

Rep. Drenner will introduce annexation bills on behalf of Decatur, Avondale Estates, Clarkston

Decaturish: State Rep. Karla Drenner, D-Avondale Estates, intends to introduce three annexation bills today, but told Decaturish that the bills may not be successful before the end of the current session.

Drenner made her announcement via, a social networking site that disseminates information at a neighborhood level.

She said she will introduce bills related to Clarkston’s annexation, portions of Decatur’s annexation plan that encompass her district, primarily on the city’s eastern border, and the Avondale Estates Annexation Master Plan.  [MORE INFO]

CHCA Board / CH neighbors meeting

It is crunch time at the Capitol. The CHCA Board and CH neighbors met this weekend to discuss events and action items related to Decatur and Atlanta annexation issues. At this time we are strongly recommending that all residents of Clairmont Heights contact legislators during this crucial last full week of the legislative session. The CHCA supports the inclusion of Clairmont Heights on the referendum for annexation into City of Atlanta so that our residents can have a voice and vote in the future of our local governance.

Emory Governmental and Community Affairs Quarterly Community Meeting Tue 3/31, 6:30-8:00 PM

Emory - Governmental and Community Affairs: 
Quarterly Community Meeting 
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30-8:00 PM
1599 Clifton Road Building; Room 5-C

(Great meeting for updates on Emory’s building plans including the hospital, as well as shuttle service, CCTMA, Emory Pointe Phase II etc.)

"Turn off Clifton Road by the entrance sign to the Emory Conference Center Hotel, and then turn right at the stop sign to go into the parking deck attached behind the 1599 building. Be sure to park on the Visitor Level so you can access the lobby entrance. There will be someone in the lobby to escort you to the elevator and room 5-C will be on the 5th floor, near the elevator."

Betty E. Willis
Senior Associate Vice President 
1599 Clifton Road, NE, 5th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: 404.727.5312


District 6 Events & March 24th BOC Agenda

5th Annual Embrace Our Green Space Race
Mar. 28, 9:00 am
Oak Grove United Methodist Church

Support Mary Scott Nature Park, Frazier-Rowe Park, and Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve with family-oriented non-competitive events for Walkers, Runners, Bikers and Skaters. Register online.

DeKalb County Fire Rescue Explorer Youth Program
Application deadline: Apr. 15
Exposes kids ages 14-18 to fire rescue services. Dates for the camp are June 1-17To sign up or learn more, contact Captain Kenneth Smarr.

Callanwolde Summer Camps
Registration is now open for summer camps at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. View a catalog here.

agenda:   [MORE INFO]


CH Neighborhood annexation update - A summary of CHCA activity

CH Neighborhood annexation update - A summary of CHCA activity
The GA legislature addressed a number of the annexation bills that potentially affect our neighborhood during the current week, and we should expect more information today (Friday, March 20, 2015). In the last seven days, the CHCA Board met with both of our legislative representatives, Rep. Rahn Mayo and Sen. Elena Parent, to represent what we feel is the best outcome for our neighborhood.
In previous newsletters, the CHCA Board appealed to all neighborhood residents to express their opinions about two critical issues: (1) our neighborhood's presence on the Atlanta annexation map, and (2) the Decatur annexation plan that includes all four corners of the intersection of Clairmont at North Decatur. The CHCA Board made significant efforts to keep us on the Atlanta map so that we would retain our access to our schools and to ensure that we have a vote and a voice with regard to annexation. The Board opposed Decatur's plan to annex the Clairmont intersection, with continued access to our schools as one consideration and retaining a voice with regard to future development at this location a second important consideration. We arrived at both positions after studying the results of our neighborhood survey and carefully considering the potential impact of both issues on our neighborhood's future options to achieve the goals that you stated were most important to you.
In the last seven days, the CHCA Board met with both of our legislative representatives, Rep. Rahn Mayo and Sen. Elena Parent. At both meetings we made every effort to demonstrate the logical basis of our desires and urged both to pursue goals that were consistent and favorable to our own. Both of our area legislators expressed a desire to help our area achieve a fair outcome and thanked us for providing community input. The Board (along with other neighbors working with us) has remained in regular, daily contact with people at the Capitol who can provide information about rapidly changing developments. We are doing our best to represent what we feel is the best outcome for our neighborhood.

LaVista Hills Map Proposal introduced on Thursday, March 19, 2015

State Senator Fran Millar (R - Senate District 40) introduced a new version of the map for the proposed City of LaVista Hills in hearings at the Capitol yesterday. A scanned version of the map provided at the hearing can be found here


Publix Marathon Runs Through Decatur Sunday, Expect Traffic Delays

DecaturMetro: According to the schedule posted on the marathon’s website, you will see road closures around Decatur between 7:30a-11a. [READ MORE]


ICEO Lee May Appoints Special Investigators

DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May signed an executive order which provides for the installation of two special investigators to review government operations and make recommendations to appropriate authorities, based upon their findings.

Interim CEO May appointed Michael J. Bowers and Richard L. Hyde as the special investigators to provide a thorough systematic review of DeKalb County Government policies and procedures.  Bowers and Hyde are empowered to identify any conflicts of interest, corruption or malfeasance and make specific recommendations to the administration and appropriate agencies as needed. [READ MORE]

Electronics Recycling Event This Saturday

DecaturMinute: This weekend you can recycle your old electronics and Styrofoam and safely shred and recycle your documents all in one place. It’s simple and convenient. Just drop off your recyclables on Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. though 1 p.m. (Sorry, early drop-offs are not possible.)  [MORE INFO]

Fernbank PTA: CCRPI Scores

Fernbank Elementary PTA:

Once again, Fernbank has reason to celebrate.  Recently, DCSD recalibrated the overall 2014 CCRPI scores for all schools within the DeKalb County School System.  With the new calculations, Fernbank Elementary now has the highest overall CCRPI score (95.6) for elementary schools in the district.  This recognition could not have occurred without the support and commitment of the teaching and non-teaching staff, and incredible parental support and fantastic administration. Cheers to our outstanding neighborhood school!

Additionally, Fernbank was highlighted and recognized by our District Leaders as one of DeKalb’s Top Five Overall Elementary School scores.
 Elementary Schools
DCSD Top Five – Elementary School, Overall Scores
School Overall Score Title I Region
Fernbank 95.6   2
Austin 95.5   1
Vanderlyn 93.6   1
Wadsworth Magnet 93.3   5
The Museum School 92.1   4
For more information on CCRPI scores and resources, please log on to

Atlanta Annexation Bill Moves Forward

Druid Hills Civic Association: House Bill 586 and an accompanying map have been released. The bill, sponsored by State Representative Pat Gardner (D), Atlanta, was applauded by the pro-annexation group Together in Atlanta.

“The map contains discrepancies that have to be fixed.  But I am very happy the legislature is working hard to allow us this referendum on annexation,” said TIA co-chair Anne Wallace.     [MORE INFO]



Thu 3/12 - "Townhall On Cityhood & Annexation"

Tonight  - (note time change)
"Townhall On Cityhood & Annexation"
State Senator Elena Parent (D, Senate District 42) will host a Town Hall Meeting for her constituents. This is a great opportunity to ask questions related to the status of annexation and city creation efforts in central DeKalb.
Thursday, March 12th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Young Israel of Toco Hills
2056 LaVista Road Atlanta, GA 30329

House approves cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker




Cityhood bills to go before state House

WSB: With Friday's critical Crossover Day looming under the Gold Dome, the state House is scheduled to vote on three bills today that could lead to the creation of three new cities in metro Atlanta. If passed by lawmakers this session and approved by local voters in November, Tucker and LaVista Hills would become the newest cities in DeKalb County.   [MORE INFO]


"DeKalb County Commission cuts garbage service to one day per week"

Decaturish: Garbage pickup in DeKalb County will soon be reduced from two days a week to one day a week as part of a cost-saving measure proposed by interim County CEO Lee May.

County Commissioners approved the plan at the commission’s March 10 meeting.

In addition to cutting back the number of days, garbage collectors would also pick up yard waste and recycling on the same day. That means residents will only see garbage trucks one time each week instead of four. Collection fees will not increase as part of the plan. County residents pay roughly $265 annually for trash collection services.   [READ MORE]


"Decatur development’s second phase adds 450 apartments"



Electronics Recycling Event - Sat Mar 14, 9am-2pm

Keep Dekalb Beautiful:

Electronics Recycling - Sat March 14, 9am-2pm

Dekalb Tax Office - 4380 Memorial Drive 

(Free compost available as well)



State Senator Elena Parent hosting Town Hall Meeting next Thursday

State Senator Elena Parent (D, Senate District 42) will host a Town Hall Meeting for her constituents.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions related to the status of annexation and city creation efforts in central DeKalb.

Thursday, March 12th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Young Israel of Toco Hills
2056 LaVista Road Atlanta, GA 30329


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