City Schools of Decatur invites the community to discuss the needed capital improvements to accommodate the growing student population at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School. Please join us on August 14 at 6:30 PM in the Decatur High School Performing Arts Center and on August 19 at 6:30 PM in the Renfroe Middle School Library.Master Planning Work Sessions and ForumsDHS- Thursday 8/14 School Leadership Team (SLT) Meeting at 5:00 PM (no public comment at SLT Worksession)DHS- Thursday 8/14 Community Forum at 6:30 PM (includes public comment time)RMS- Tuesday 8/19 School Leadership Team (SLT) Meeting at 5:00 PM (no public comment at SLT Worksession)RMS- Tuesday 8/19 Community Forum at 6:30 PM (includes public comment time)
Presentation of Proposed Master Plans and Phase 1 ConceptsRMS – Wednesday 9/24 at 6:30 PMDHS – Thursday 9/25 at 6:30 PM
From Superintendent Phyllis Edwards’ June Updates email…
Master Planning for Renfroe Middle and Decatur High
Additionally, we are moving forward with the selection of an architectural firm for Renfroe Middle School and a design-build team for Decatur High School. When Decatur children return to school this August, you will see announcements for community input sessions on the Master Planning Project for the Middle School and the High School as we address the projected enrollment and continued growth.
The community is invited to take part in the discussion on August 14 at 6:30 PM in the Decatur High School Performing Arts Center and on August 19 at 6:30 PM in the Renfroe Middle School Library. We certainly hope you will join us in this process.
Among the items on tomorrow night’s Decatur City Commission meeting, giving up the city’s interest in the city’s elementary schools so CSD can use the schools as collateral to secure loans through the Georgia Municipal Association to expand Decatur High and Renfroe Middle School.
Decaturish has the details and background…
Under the proposed financing agreement, CSD would transfer title for Clairemont, Glennwood and Oakhurst Elementary Schools to the Georgia Municipal Association. GMA would then sign a lease with the city school system. This lease agreement will be the basis for borrowing $17.5 million to pay CSD’s expansion. Once the school system repays the loans, ownership reverts back to the school system. If CSD defaults on its debt, it could lose ownership of the schools.
Michael sends along this announcement…
Why this event? It’s a preview of a daylong symposium, “Water Wise,” taking place the next day for all 8th graders at Renfroe Middle School and all 9th graders at Decatur High. Two dozen speakers will hold sessions throughout the day.The Decatur community is invited to a FREE 90-minute event dedicated entirely to WATER next Monday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at DHS Performing Arts Center. Highlights:The 20-minute documentary “Carbon for Water,” which explores the water crisis (and an inventive solution) in the Western Province of Kenya, will be screened.Filmmakers Evan Abramson and Carmen Elsa Lopez, who produced the documentary, will talk about their experience creating the film.Experts from five organizations working on water issues around the world will deliver 5-minute mini-lectures, similar to “TED” talks. They are:
- “From Nature to Your Tap: Water in Atlanta” Dr. Ethell Vereen, Jr. • Emory University
- “Waging War Against the Insidious Guinea Worm” Dr. Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben • The Carter Center
- “Creating Champions of Water Protection” Erin Villines • The Nature Conservancy
- “Conservation of Water and Energy: One College’s Story” Dr. John F. Pilger • Agnes Scott College
- “Blinding Trachoma and Other Water-Borne Diseases” Stephanie Ogden • Task Force for Global HealthThe event is open to the public and is free, but reservations are encouraged. Email Gail Rothman (Gail@DecaturEducationFoundation.org) to RSVP.The Decatur Education Foundation and City Schools of Decatur developed the symposium. They partnered with: The Carter Center, The Nature Conservancy, Task Force for Global Health, Agnes Scott College, Emory Global Health Institute and Emory Center for Global SafeWater.