CSD Elementary School Boundary Community Meeting Being Held Wed, January 17th

Stop by Decatur High School next Wednesday, January 17th from 6:30p to 8:30p to chime in on the new school zone boundaries that will need to go into effect in 2019 to accomodate the change to K-2 elementary schools.

Here’s the blurb from CSD…

City Schools of Decatur and the Elementary Boundary Planning Steering Committee are hosting a community meeting regarding the school zone  boundaries for all of our elementary schools. This engagement session will be an opportunity for community members to participate in a facilitated discussion to provide valuable feedback to the Board of Education. In addition, the committee will post an online survey to solicit further input after the meeting.

For more info on the whole process, dig in HERE.

CSD Asks For Community Feedback on New Elementary School Plans

CSD is now floating two new elementary school plans, which keep all current lower elementary schools intact as K-2 or K-3 schools.  They are asking for feedback from the community on the two scenarios.

Here’s the note from CSD, which includes the survey link…

The Elementary Facility Planning Steering Committee examined data and feedback from the community meeting and survey and offered two options to the Board of Education for consideration at the April 11 Board Meeting. We want to hear from the CSD community about these options. It is recommended that the presentation from the April 11 meeting be viewed prior to taking the survey. The survey and presentation can be found at http://www.dejongrichter.com/csdecatur/

The survey will close at 11:59 PM on April 23.

Thank you for your participation. Your feedback is extremely important to this process.

CSD also provides useful summary tables of the two options in the survey as well.  Click the tables below to zoom in a bit or see them close up in the survey itself.

Photos courtesy of CSD

CSD Hosting Community Meeting To Talk About Elementary School Facility Planning Next Monday

As Decatur’s school enrollment continues to creep (leap? hurdle?) upwards, City Schools of Decatur is planning for a future when elementary and 4/5 Academy populations exceed the current schools’ classroom capacities.

As reported back in December, CSD is considering two options: one that switches the lower elementary schools to K-2 and creates three 3-5 schools (FAVE, Oakhurst and Talley Street).  The other maintains the current K-3/ 4-5 breakdown and adds a second 4/5 in the form of Talley Street.

Want to know more?  CSD is holding a Planning Meeting next Monday, March 13th to let the community get in on the fun.  From CSD…

Join the Conversation at the Elementary Facility Planning Community Meeting

City Schools of Decatur and the Elementary Facility Planning Engagement Steering Committee are hosting a community meeting regarding the construction and grade configuration of our elementary schools. This engagement session will be an opportunity for community members to participate in a facilitated discussion to provide valuable feedback to the Board of Education. In addition, the committee will post an online survey to solicit further input after the meeting.

More info in the brochure above too, obviously.

The Future of East Decatur Station Could Include a School, Greenspace, More Mixed-Use

East Decatur Station Map

The East Decatur Station Master Plan is much bigger than just the current East Decatur Station retail, office and brewery complex.

It’s about that whole area of Decatur, from South Columbia to Arcadia, which includes the city’s only currently zoned “Heavy Commercial” land. (That’s why in recent years all the breweries in the city (Like Blue Tarp and Three Taverns) and distilleries (Independent) keep popping up inside this area.  That’s the only place inside the city where these businesses can operate legally.)

But it looks like the long discussed changes in this area are about to take off.

You’ve already begun to hear about the redevelopment of Avondale MARTA Station.  But that’s just the beginning.

As you can see from the helpful map above (click the map to enlarge – PDF) there are new roads and planned changes to mixed-use zoning. There’s also potential new green space.

The three partners who own the current East Decatur Station and 35 acres between New Street and Sams Street are planning several mixed-use developments on the site over the next 20 years, according to the paper.

Additionally, what’s sure to get a lot of attention, is the idea that there could even be a location for an elementary school somewhere on the site  The AJC reported a couple of days ago that architect Jack Honderd, one of East Decatur Station principal partners is interested in providing space for a school.

“We’d love to have an elementary school over there,” Honderd said. “[City Schools Decatur] needs land and for us a school fits our vision as part of a complete community.”

Then yesterday, the AJC reported that Superintendent Phyllis Edwards “would definitely like meeting architect Jack Honderd, one of three principal partners in East Decatur Station which owns 35 acres from New Street to Sams Street.”

So I guess we’ll see if that goes anywhere.  For now, you can click over to The Decatur Minute and check out the full presentation from last week’s public info session about the larger project.

CSD To Extend the School Day for K-3 and High School

From Superintendent Phyllis Edwards’ note to the School Board for next week’s meeting…

Simone Elder is working on bus schedules and just the other day, we finalized the start and ending times with the high school getting a 15 minute earlier start and the elementary schools (k-3) will be starting 30 minutes earlier. We have been talking for some time now about the extension of the elementary day and this will address it by 30 minutes and make all schools the same number of hours of instruction. I am putting this change in because of the emphasis on a number of areas of concern regarding the school day e.g., recess along with trying to fit everything into the school day. These start and end times will be vetted with the City so they can make accommodations for guards. We continue to work with the City on determining the best routes to schools.

Locations of Decatur’s New Tornado Sirens

There’s already been some discussion of this on-going installation in the Free-For-All Friday comments, but here’s a bit more detail about the location of these new, city-run tornado sirens.  From the Decatur Minute

There is a siren for each quadrant of the City. In addition to the one located on Agnes Scott’s campus, the others are located at Westchester, Oakhurst Elementary, Winnona Park Elementary, and Glennwood Academy. In the event that the National Weather Services issues a tornado warning for the Decatur area, the Decatur Police Communications Center will sound the siren for three to five minutes per issued warning. During the sounding, the siren head will rotate.

The City will conduct a test of the system at 3 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.