DeKalb County Discusses 2016-2017 Proposed School Organization
The following is from a DeKalb County School District press release:
Nov. 28, 2012 – In the 2012-13 school year, DeKalb County School District (DCSD) enrollment grew by more than 800 students, bringing the total enrollment to more than 99,000 students. On Tuesday, Nov. 27, the DeKalb County Board of Education received a briefing on a draft of a 2016-17 proposed school organization, the foundation for the five-year local facilities plan. The proposed local facility plan is a state report that outlines the schools and attendance line adjustments beginning in the 2013-14 school year with the completed school organization occurring in the 2016-17 school year. The plan is required so that the district qualifies for funding under the state capital outlay program.
The goal of the five-year, local facility plan is to support teacher and student success by easing overcrowding at some schools while building student capacity in areas of the district. In this way, the school facility plan helps support classroom instruction, especially in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, which are the focus for DCSD. It also incorporates requirements for new specialized programs, including a comprehensive arts school, to offer students well-rounded educational experiences.
“After hearing from several top business leaders about the skills needed for job success in the 21st century, it is clear, now more than ever, that we must prepare our students for the sciences, increase technological innovation and encourage business entrepreneurship,” said Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson. “That is the growth sector for jobs for our youth.”
The new plan also proposes decommissioning 12 schools that were slated to receive capital improvements in the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) Program. Should the plan more forward, DCSD staff will recommend to the Board of Education that projects for these older facilities be deemed unnecessary, and that the funds for these projects be reallocated to cover costs to accelerate the completion of new schools and other SPLOST capital renewal improvements. There would be no impact to the overall SPLOST budget.
The Board will meet again on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. to continue discussing the 2016-17 proposed school organization.
Expected revisions will consider K-7 or K-8 programs and funding based on a cash-flow model versus a bond-funded model. The Board is expected to make its final review and vote at its Monday, Dec. 10 meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.