“We have spent time during the break revising [the draft] based on what the state requires,” Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson said Monday at a school board meeting.
Stephen Wilkins, chief operations officer in the division of operations, told the board the state requires the report to simply outline the facilities the district plans to operate throughout the next four to five years. The district must submit the proposed organization draft to the Georgia Department of Education in order to participate in the state’s capital outlay program.
Wilkins explained any potential changes with respect to boundaries or future school consolidation would be addressed in a different process than the current organization plan.
“Anything else will be discussed as we go along over the next four to five years,” he said.
Among the information listed in the working draft, the district plans to rebuild five elementary schools and decommission five others. Adding capacity at Henderson Middle School and at four high school facilities is also outlined in the draft.
On Jan. 14, the school board will hear the first read of the draft. The board is expected to vote on it Jan. 23.
School board chair Eugene Walker told those in attendance at the board meeting Monday that public participation is crucial in this process. He encouraged community members to attend one of the six public information sessions held this week and next week.
The remaining public meetings are scheduled Jan. 10 at Martin Luther King Jr. High School, Tuesday at Tucker High, Wednesday at Dunwoody High and Thursday at the district administrative complex.
The meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The public can also email comments through Wednesday to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DeKalb County Board of Education will hear the first read of the 2016-17 Proposed School Organization Monday at 6 p.m. at the district administrative complex at 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd. in Stone Mountain. The vote on the approval of the draft is scheduled for Jan. 23.