Thursday, September 27, 2012
The public is urged to attend the forums, which will be held Monday at Oakhurst Elementary, Wednesday at Renfroe Middle and Thursday at the 4/5 Academy.
Folks are still taking about the resounding defeat of the regional transportation sales tax referendum (a.k.a., TSPLOST), so it's easy to forget that voters approved a different SPLOST last November. The schools SPLOST won on a countywide basis. Officials say it could raise up to $18 million over five years for the City Schools of Decatur. To keep citizens informed about the CSD SPLOST projects, a series of community forums will be held next week. Here's what the school system says. The City Schools of Decatur, Turner Construction and Stevens & Wilkinson will be hosting Community Forums in an effort to keep all parents and/or community members informed in regards to the upcoming SPLOST IV Capital Improvement Projects. The project team will…
Monday, April 23, 2012
No. 1 and 2: A new central office and expanding Oakhurst Elementary.
The Decatur School Board has approved a priority list for spending income from the special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) that voters approved last November. The list: Edwards said a larger-than-expected enrollment increase has pushed some of the projects up the priority list. The school system is now seeking bids from companies to advise the system on what contractors to hire. That company should be hired by early June. The school system is already talking about moving its central offices into the Beacon Hill complex, which the city is renovating. Last week the school board and city commission met together and discussed logistics of such a move. However, a committee that studied enrollment recommended the Westchester conversion …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
"Current GDOT estimates show that Decatur will receive $360,880 in 2013 per year for our 15% direct share from the sales tax. If this estimate remains steady over 10 years that will result in $3,608,800."
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The current administration building used to be an elementary school.
What will happen to the old Westchester Elementary? That's a question the Decatur School Board will talk about in coming months, possibly at a Jan. 23 meeting at which the board will discuss how to spend SPLOST money. The Decatur system is growing fast, with a much bigger-than-expected influx of young kids at the start of the 2011-12 school year. The system already has a building designed as an elementary school -- Westchester on Scott Boulevard. The building was not used as a school in 2010 when the administrative staff moved in. Will Westchester be turned into a school again? How soon? A committee that studied enrollment trends has recommended against rezoning or reopening Westchester or any other school buildings for the 2012-13 school …
Monday, January 9, 2012
Board will hold work sessions Monday and Tuesday afternoons, a regular meeting Tuesday night.
The preliminary 2013 Decatur schools budget predicts spending will exceed revenue by $3.8 million, enrollment will grow by 384 students over this year and that the system will have to keep dipping into the reserve fund. More details will be discussed when the Decatur School Board holds a budget workshop at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Central Office at Westchester Board Room at 758 Scott Blvd. That's the first of three school board meetings of the week. On Tuesday afternoon, the board will hold another work session. On Tuesday night, the board will hold the year's first regular meeting. Garrett Goebel will be sworn in as the newest board member then. The school system budget is a work in progress, with many more meetings and decisions to come. …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The day's top headlines for Tuesday, November 8, 2011.
Election Day In Midtown. Chamblee Votes On Sunday Sales. SW Atlanta Chooses A New School Board Rep. Mayoral, City Council Races In Dunwoody. A Hometown Election In Decatur, Avondale Estates. Atlanta Decides On Sunday Sales, School SPLOST. Dozens Of Tires Slashed, Car Smashed In Home Park. 'Breaking Dawn' Stars Mingle With Fans. Sandy Springs Has Wok Cooking That Delivers Meals In A Flash.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Do you want to keep paying a penny on the dollar for capital projects in the public schools?
Voters in Decatur and Avondale Estates will help decide Nov. 8 if a 1 percent education SPLOST (shorthand for special location option sales tax) will continue to be collected in DeKalb County. The SPLOST would benefit the school systems in Decatur, DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta, since all have schools within the DeKalb County borders. Everybody's in this together. If Decatur voters approve the SPLOST, but it's voted down countywide, none of the school systems get any SPLOST money. The SPLOST would start July 1, 2012, and last five years. The Decatur Schools project list says new SPLOST would be used to pay for school repairs, especially at Renfroe Middle; to make equipment purchases; and to acquire, possibly through lease-purchase…
Saturday, September 10, 2011
The top headlines of the week for Sept. 5-9, 2011.
Tech Students Create 9/11 Memorial From 3,000 Flags. South Cobb Businesses Get Inside Look at World Trade Center Memorial. Car Hits Utility Pole After Tropical Storm Lee Drenches Metro Area. Cobb County Sounds Off On T-SPLOST Referendum. Murder-Suicide in East Atlanta Neighborhood. Dunwoody Shooting: Handgun May Have Been Purchased Last Halloween. Bieber Fever Strikes Avondale.
Monday, June 6, 2011
DeKalb County voters will be able to vote on the proposal in November.
8:45: Discussion about the SPLOST IV proposal begins. Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson is asking the board to approve the $475 million list. 8:47: Discussion of Henderson Mill and Hawthorne elementary being combined. That's not possible, Tyson said. She reviewed a series of changes to the initial proposal from several weeks ago. All documents can be found on the school system's website here. 8:49: Referndum would be in November 2011. A 1 cent sales tax, a school district official said. Resolution with City of Decatur Schools and Atlanta Public Schools. Will continue SPLOST for additional five years. 8:51: Board member Nancy Jester asks for ammendment. Wants language changed referencing a future Dunwoody elementary school. Board …