Correcting Operations Austin Redistricting Guidance

DeKalb Schools Operations Department attributed false statements to me. Furthermore, neither the group of Dunwoody PACs nor I approved this map, yet Dan Drake is telling people we approved it … that’s just a flat out lie.

On November 14th I had a meeting with staff to provide guidance on Austin redistricting that I collected from a meeting of the elementary school councils in Dunwoody. Subsequent to that meeting, a staffer wrote down their recollection of my guidance.

Mr. Drake has denied creating this document and confirms the statements to be inaccurate and false. In an unprofessional and irregular manner, this document was created and curiously found its way into an Open Records Request before it was validated in any way. Furthermore, DeKalb Schools Operations Department neglected to inform me or the Superintendent that inaccurate and false statements attributed to me were released.

As I said to Mr. Drake this morning, DeKalb Schools Operations Department performed sloppy and embarrassing work that undermines trust and collegiality among the board, staff and community.

This is the email chain and document in question. I will post my actual guidance to the Operations Department staff shortly.

Correcting Operations Austin Redistricting Guidance

Ms. Tyson,
I am writing to follow up on our Wednesday phone conversation. As we discussed, the planning staff produced a document attributing statements to me that were false and inaccurate. As we discussed, if meeting notes are drafted, staff knows to send them to participants for review and validation. Dan called me after you met with him and apologized for the false and misleading statements contained in the document. He forwarded them to me so that I can correct them. Pursuant to our conversation, I am sending you my corrections.

Here are my corrections:

Based on my meeting with the elementary PAC chairs and co-chairs in Dunwoody, I presented Planning with the principles below that had general agreement from the group. I presented no map at the beginning of the meeting and I didn’t leave with a map. While I was in the room, the staff members made map adjustments back and forth. This process continued as I left the room. The final map they produced was completed after I left the meeting.

Thank you for taking the time to address this issue. As you know, the cluster is in need of more capacity at all levels. The same is true for the Chamblee and Brookhaven areas. Planning does not seem to have a long term plan to meet the growing facility needs of these areas. The DHS PAC was told in their last meeting that more modulars are coming with the potential for more loss of trees. I am optimistic that with you at the helm, we can begin to correct for the lack of comprehensive planning.



* Fill new Austin ES (AES)
* Help alleviate overcrowding at Dunwoody ES (DES)

* Geographic Proximity
* Site Capacity
* Walkability
* AES and DES sites have a low site capacity for trailers

* Projected 2024 utilization of AES and DES should be lower and equivalent given that these two sites are not well suited for trailers
* Projected 2024 Chesnut utilization can be higher given that this site is better suited for portables; asking for quads with bathrooms
* Adjust attendance zone border between AES and DES to lower DES utilization
* Adjust attendance zone border between Chesnut and DES to lower DES utilization
* All other areas – no guidance – use guiding principals

107 responses to “Correcting Operations Austin Redistricting Guidance

  1. So wow. This was entertaining to say the least. Has anyone thought about possibly submitting an ORR to obtain emails from Dan Drake and Ramona Tyson regarding the false statement Stans name seems to be attached to? As someone that has watched Dan Drake lie inside BOE meetings to the BOE reps, then lie on TV, lie again inside emails obtained before this redistricting issue was even a thing, I can promise you Dan Drake has made a career out of covering his a**. Dunwoody needs to simmer down. Those that want Stan gone and have an obvious agenda to make sure his opponent gains the seat need to think long and hard about their behavior. Due to his opponent now throwing his name out there publicly running for District 1, someone could easily file an open record request to obtain communications between he and Dan Drake regarding all sorts of items. DCSD doesn’t care about your opinions. They do not care about your input. Dan Drake has been on his own agenda for awhile now. Tyson won’t ever be able to reign him in. Green used him as his personal mouth piece. Whomever comes in as the new superintendent won’t be able to control Dan Drake. All this fighting between each other does is prove exactly what DSCD has always wanted. They love to see rich people fight over everything. Please understand DCSD doesn’t care about your money or your status or your job title. You and your children are dollar signs. That’s it. So before we attempt to burn Stan at the stake, let’s go back and do our research on whom we’ve caught lying repeatedly. I promise that my emails trump whatever emails you guys are complaining about. Your need for validation and redemption just tossed all the progress this region 1 had made back into the dumpster. So kudos! Also, Stan I sincerely hope you’re tracing IP addresses.

  2. Slight correction to @Druid Hills Grads earlier post. Peachtree and Gordon not Redan are the other high schools that were converted to middle schools. Gordon was renamed to McNair and Shamrock was recently renamed to Druid Hills Middle.

    Bear in mind that the middle 80’s is when DeKalb Schools transitioned to being no longer a majority white school district. Many old-timers attribute that to massive white flight during the time. I say that to also point out that many schools were closed due to low enrollment during that period, mostly in central DeKalb. It is good that the school district held on to most of those properties as there were some in the county that wanted to sell the land where closed schools were located. Could you imagine the challenges if the Briarcliff site was sold given the overcrowding issues today?

  3. Here are some cold hard facts about Oxford Chase:

  4. Stan? Are you there? Do you care?

    More than a week. Not a word from Stan.

    Remember that when he runs for reelection.


  5. Tongueincheek

    Why is no one posting?

  6. Stan? Are you there? Do you care?

    Can we recall this bozo?

  7. Board meeting this afternoon. I look forward to seeing you there.