Video from the DHA’s Public Meeting with DeKalb County School System Superintendent Michael Thurmond is now online -
What recent research reveals about expected financial savings when small districts merge
“First, consolidated school districts usually make use of larger schools, which implies that average transportation distance must increase. As a result, consolidation might increase a district’s transportation spending per pupil.
Second, consolidating districts may level up salaries and benefits to those of the most generous participating district, thereby raising personnel costs.
Third, administrators and teachers may have a more positive attitude toward work in smaller schools, which tend to have more flexible rules and procedures.
Finally, students may be more motivated and parents may find it more comfortable to interact with teachers in smaller districts, which tend to have a greater community feel. These reactions and closer student-faculty relationships may result in higher student performance at any given spending level.”
A group led by Pam Tallmadge and Jim Redovian is exploring the Charter Cluster model as a possible local control option for Dunwoody area public schools. The first step of the exploration is a non-binding Letter of Intent to be filed with the State and County Boards of Education.
The Letter of Intent proclaims that the community will consider, research, and petition for Charter School Cluster status during the next year. To that end, working committees will form to address all the considerations of a locally controlled cluster. The Letter of Intent is not specific to the structure and goals of a charter cluster, merely a proclamation that the community wishes to consider this avenue.
- Georgia Department of Education: Click here.
- Code Section Code Section 20-2-2064 of the Official Code of Georgia: Click here.
- Guidelines for Charter School Petitions, DeKalb County: Click here.
On Monday, March 7, the Dunwoody City Council consensus was 7-0 to authorize the city manager to expend up to $50,000 as funding for the school study. The cost of $50,000 or less will be covered by the city.
The following information is provided regarding the SACS Accreditation Review: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/advanced-sacs-accreditation-review
Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
By Dick Williams For The Crier |
DHA engages in battle
The Dunwoody Homeowners’ Association wasted no time Sunday night getting behind the Dunwoody Parents Concerned About Quality Education. The DHA will give $5000 to the group as it begins to explore if a separate city school system is feasible and other options to obtain higher quality. Read the article here.
Date: March 10, 2013
Time: 7:30 PM
Kingsley Racquet and Swim Club
2325 N. Peachtree Way
Dunwoody, GA 30338
The DHA is hosting a public meeting with DeKalb County School System Superintendent Michael Thurmond.