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School District Consolidation: The Benefits and Costs

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.”

>> Read the article from The School Superintendents Association here.

Dunwoody Charter School Cluster Option

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.

What is a Charter Cluster?  The following links provide details about legislation, guidelines, and other information:
  • 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.
If you have any questions, please contact Pam Tallmadge ( or Jim Redovian (

Dunwoody mobilizes to save schools from DeKalb chaos

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.

Dunwoody parents discuss new school district

A large group of parents came to two separate meetings in Dunwoody on Sunday to discuss the possibility of breaking away from the DeKalb County School District.

Steering Committee

Claire Botsch
Deb Cameron
Gil Hearn
Allegra Johnson
Donna Cannady Nall
Rick Otness
Heyward Wescott
Robert Wittenstein

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