Decatur High School, Decatur GA (pic courtesy of Chris)
Decatur High School, Decatur GA (pic courtesy of Chris)
Overall, CSD’s student enrollment projections the past few years have been impressively accurate. We continually owe a debt of gratitude to school staff and the enrollment committee for all their work in this area. Looking at the latest, total CSD enrollment #s for the following year (see below), we are currently at 96% of the projection, just like we were in June of last year.
And while the estimated projection is very important for CSD to focus on, we all should also be keeping an eye on total enrollment vs. last year.
In that department, total enrollment growth thru June vs. last year is up (+227 students in ’15 vs. +170 students in ’14). This increase is mainly due to larger classes in the lower grades taking the place of the smaller upper grade classes as they graduate from the system.
For the last 4 years, the size of the larger, younger classes has been remarkably consistent – hovering in the low to mid 400s. CSD is racing to keep up with these steady, but large 400+ grades that are slowly moving up the grade ladder and replacing the 300-400 student class sizes from 5th – 10th grade and the remaining 200-300 s size classes in 11th and 12th grade.
As so many of the city’s most important discussions in 2015 revolve around student enrollment (school expansion, taxes, etc), this is a very important document to keep an eye on.
Remember that whole thing where East Decatur Station partners were interested in putting a school on the property? And how the AJC then asked the Superintendent about it and she said she’d “definitely like to meet” them?
Well, it looks like the AJC may have played matchmaker for CSD and East Decatur Station. A school on the site is now closer to becoming a reality, according to the news org. Of course it all depends on whether the Go Bond passes in November.
The AJC reports…
Decatur’s school board approved entering into a contract for purchasing four acres on Talley Street, where City Schools Decatur hopes to build a new school. The vote came after an executive session last week and the news was confirmed Monday afternoon by City Attorney Robert Wilson.
…Superintendent Phyllis Edwards has said the school system will need two new schools, a K-3 and 4/5 Academy, by 2018-19 or earlier. Talley Street has room for one school, though what type hasn’t been determined. The land sits directly across from an AT&T facility which the city hopes to eventually purchase and turn into a lake and park.
School System Composition Change: Percentage-Point Change in Enrollment, by Race/Ethnicity, 2000-2014
The Atlanta Regional Commission has an interesting new post on their Tumblr site “33°N” which charts the current and changing diversity of local school districts in the Atlanta region, Decatur city included. Here’s a blurb…
As the 2014-2015 school year comes to a close, we thought it would be a good time to revisit the dramatic changes in the racial and ethnic compositions of local school systems. Naturally, these trends mirror general population trends, but, in many cases, the changes experienced in local school districts are even more dramatic than the overall population trends. In short, most school districts have seen large decreases in the share of White students enrolled, while experiencing concomitant increases in Asian, Black and Hispanic enrollment shares.
…Interestingly, the only two school districts that are bucking the overall trend are Atlanta Public Schools and the City Schools of Decatur. Both systems have experienced a decline in the share of Black enrollment while seeing an increase in the share of White enrollment.
Click over to their site to check out other charts that show the current breakdown of diversity in these districts as well as overall district-level of growth seen in the past 14 years.
No big surprise here. The Decatur City Commission unanimously voted last night to put the School Board’s request for a $75 million Go Bond on the November ballot.
For the past couple months, Mayor Baskett has been quoted in recent months saying that he believes the bond should be put before voters to decide whether it should be approved.
At last night’s meeting, he mentioned that in many Atlanta area local governments, the school board wouldn’t need to get approval from the commission to get a bond on the ballot. However, the Mayor noted that Decatur’s set up allows for everyone who is affected by this vote to discuss the issue beforehand, “instead of just taking place in the school community”.
He mentioned that he believed there had been a lot of discussion in the community and between the Commission and School Board over the past two years on the issue – at retreats and joint work sessions – and ultimately the Commission concluded that this was “a matter for the people of Decatur to decide”. Commissioner Drake reiterated many of these points in his own comments.
After a few minutes of comment, the commission voted unanimously.
So now it’s in your collective hands. How will you vote? Cue informal poll…
After many months of community discussion, the Decatur City Commission will take up the School Board’s request tonight to place the request for a $75 million GO bond on the November 3rd ballot to build more schools to accommodate growing student enrollment.
Decatur School Board Chair, Garrett Goebel, submitted this formal request to Mayor Jim Baskett…
Dear Mayor Baskett:
Please accept this formal letter asking that you place the request of a 75 million dollar bond on the November ballot. The School Board has reviewed a myriad of information over a period of 20 months. We have come to the understanding and decision that in order to meet the growing student population projections; we must ask the voters for their approval of a General Obligation Bond.
We are comfortable that we have provided you with the information necessary. We are also pleased that various results indicate that 90% of the survey respondents recognize and are aware of the needs of the school system.
The Superintendent has been working with our financial advisor, Dianne McNabb, and the Bond Attorney, Terri Fin nester. Attached to this letter you will find the appropriate documentation.
The Board is asking that the Commission take up this action on June 1, 2015.
Thank you for your assistance with this matter.
Meeting starts at 7:30p this evening. You can tune in for the live broadcast HERE or check it out on Comcast channel 25.
This news a bit old to those in-the-know, but I wanted to close this loop, since someone asked me recently what happened in the Decatur High Boys & Girls Soccer semi-final matches last week.
Michael posted this final update on Next Door…
As I have posted several notices recently about Decatur High soccer, I want to post one final update. Sadly, both the girls and the boys lost in their semi-final matches. The girls lost 6-1 to a strong Westminster team on Tuesday. The boys lost to Calhoun High School in a heartbreaking shootout on Thursday. Obviously, both teams had impressive seasons, each finishing as one of the top four teams in the state in their classification. Nice run, Bulldogs. Thank you for an exciting soccer season. We look forward to another one next year!
What a great run by Decatur High’s Boys and Girls Soccer teams this year!