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Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools

Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools (PGCS) is a new educational group representing “schools throughout Region 1 of the DCSD (Chamblee, Cross Keys, Dunwoody clusters as well as Tapestry, PATH, and Oakcliff Theme School.)”
I’m always happy to see community involvement in education. Interestingly, PGCS is already not without controversy. Meetings with PGCS officers at Peachtree Charter Middle School and Chamblee Charter High School have been characterized as hostile.
I have a question for the PGCS. One of the stated purposes of the PGCS is to make “joint statements and resolutions”. What is your position on the building additions at CCHS and DHS versus a new Doraville cluster?
In the meantime, let me know your thoughts and questions.


Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools – Statement of Purpose
Provide educational events for parents at large and in particular leaders of PTA/PTSA Boards, School Councils, and School Foundations of schools throughout Region 1 of the DCSD (Chamblee, Cross Keys, Dunwoody clusters as well as Tapestry, PATH, and Oakcliff Theme School.)
Focus educational opportunities on helping parents to understand policy issues affecting schools in the DeKalb County School District.
Provide a forum for parents in Region 1 clusters of the DCSD to hear from DCSD leadership and School Board Members, and interact with those leaders.
Increase knowledge of activities, successful practices, and issues affecting schools throughout our clusters.
Create a forum for working on issues of shared interest amongst schools within Region 1.
Provide a forum to produce joint statements and resolutions as needed with support from our clusters and/or schools from across our clusters.


Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools – Officers

  • Dave Bearse – President (Legislative Affairs)
  • Amy Holmes-Chavez – President Elect (Meetings & Events)
  • Andrew Ziffer – Vice President, Dunwoody Cluster
  • Rebekah Morris – Vice President, Cross Keys Cluster
  • Randy Faigin David – Vice President, Chamblee Cluster
  • Ashley Doolittle – Communications Chair
  • Sheila Gillispie – Recording Secretary
  • Jocelyn Warren – Parliamentarian

Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools – First Event
The Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools invites parents and community members to our FIRST event!
Tuesday, March 28th, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Sequoyah Middle School, 3456 Aztec Road, Doraville, GA 30340
**Spanish language pre-session from 5:45-6:30 p.m.
Come hear about about plans for school building expansions and new facilities in DeKalb.
Featured speakers and questions/answers with Sherry Johnson, Region 1 Interim Regional Superintendent, Daniel Drake, Executive Director for Operations, and parents who can answer your questions about their experiences with Construction Advisory Committees.
Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools serves Region 1 (Chamblee, Cross Keys, Dunwoody) along with our sister Councils in other DeKalb regions. In addition to our main speakers, our events share school innovations. Our 3/28 spring event will include brief information on Sequoyah Middle School’s debate team.

DeKalb – The Worst Paid Teachers Around

DeKalb Schools has the worst paid teachers in the Atlanta Metro area.

Teachers

Metropolitan Regional Educational Service Agency (Metro RESA) has conducted a Teacher Salary analysis for the 2016-2017 school year. The report presents actual teacher salaries being paid at each T Level and Step Level across the state.
The tables in this report offer a comparative view of teacher salaries actually being paid .
Related Documents
.pdf link icon  DeKalb Schools 2016–2017 Teacher Salary Schedule
.pdf link icon  Metro RESA Salary Schedule Comparison
Notes:
• DeKalb Schools has the second highest millage rate in the state.
• Several school systems provided Bonuses this year, all bonuses have not been added to system salary schedules.
• Teacher Specialist (T-6) & Teacher Doctorate (T-7) not shown here but are in the related docs.
DeKalb Schools Teacher Salary Schedule
T-5: Teacher Master’s (T-5)
T-4: Teacher Bachelor’s (T-4)
Teacher Master’s (T-5) – Rank
Rank: Each step in the the teacher salary schedule was ranked from 1 – 6 for the 6 major metro Atlanta school districts. This table represents how many times they achieved that rank. A teacher in DeKalb with a Masters degree can look forward to spending half their career as the worst paid teacher in Metro Atlanta.

Teacher Master’s (T-5) – Rank
Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6
Occurrences 0 4 4 2 6 16

Teacher Master’s (T-5) Metro Atlanta Teacher Schedules
The Average is from the 6 major metro Atlanta schools and the Difference (Diff) is where DeKalb Schools is compared to the average. DeKalb schools is above average in 5 of the 32 steps.

Teacher Master’s (T-5) – Metro Atlanta Teacher Schedules
Atlanta Clayton Cobb DeKalb Fulton Gwinnett DeKalb
Step/Students 51,120 53,797 112,355 100,875 95,683 176,196 Average Diff Rank
0,1,2 $49,718 $48,673 $46,841 $47,392 $48,864 $46,767 $48,042 -$650.00 4
3 $50,279 $49,872 $48,248 $47,392 $48,864 $47,234 $48,648 -$1,256.00 5
4 $50,840 $49,921 $49,839 $47,392 $49,248 $47,707 $49,158 -$1,766.00 6
5 $51,987 $50,025 $51,333 $48,474 $49,248 $48,184 $49,875 -$1,401.00 5
6 $53,160 $50,129 $53,229 $48,474 $49,716 $48,666 $50,562 -$2,088.00 6
7 $54,359 $50,233 $54,826 $48,474 $49,716 $49,153 $51,127 -$2,653.00 6
8 $55,587 $52,018 $57,295 $48,582 $52,164 $50,139 $52,631 -$4,049.00 6
9 $56,841 $53,589 $59,014 $49,396 $52,164 $51,645 $53,775 -$4,379.00 6
10 $58,123 $53,589 $59,014 $53,086 $53,316 $52,161 $54,881 -$1,795.00 5
11 $59,434 $55,100 $60,785 $53,720 $54,924 $53,494 $56,243 -$2,523.00 5
12 $60,775 $55,100 $60,785 $55,269 $55,128 $55,341 $57,066 -$1,797.00 4
13 $62,148 $58,221 $62,609 $55,682 $56,664 $57,463 $58,798 -$3,116.00 6
14 $63,580 $58,221 $62,609 $57,513 $58,248 $58,519 $59,782 -$2,269.00 6
15 $65,045 $60,053 $64,487 $58,137 $59,892 $59,501 $61,186 -$3,049.00 6
16 $66,545 $60,053 $64,487 $59,744 $61,560 $60,394 $62,131 -$2,387.00 6
17 $68,079 $61,930 $66,421 $60,600 $63,288 $61,410 $63,621 -$3,021.00 6
18 $68,601 $61,930 $66,421 $61,915 $65,052 $62,333 $64,375 -$2,460.00 6
19 $69,123 $64,069 $68,640 $62,806 $66,876 $63,388 $65,817 -$3,011.00 6
20 $69,648 $64,069 $68,640 $64,256 $68,760 $64,342 $66,619 -$2,363.00 5
21 $70,182 $65,880 $70,425 $64,256 $70,692 $65,436 $67,812 -$3,556.00 6
22 $70,717 $66,042 $70,425 $64,286 $72,660 $66,420 $68,425 -$4,139.00 6
23 $71,253 $67,903 $70,959 $65,962 $72,660 $67,556 $69,382 -$3,420.00 6
24 $71,801 $68,063 $70,959 $67,974 $72,660 $68,190 $69,941 -$1,967.00 6
25 $72,349 $69,976 $70,959 $70,027 $73,932 $70,488 $71,288 -$1,261.00 5
26 $72,896 $70,136 $71,525 $72,159 $73,932 $71,018 $71,944 $215.00 3
27 $73,737 $72,101 $71,525 $73,602 $76,008 $71,580 $73,092 $510.00 3
28 $74,576 $72,262 $71,525 $73,602 $78,120 $72,027 $73,685 -$83.00 3
29 $74,576 $72,422 $72,116 $73,602 $78,120 $72,440 $73,879 -$277.00 3
30 $74,576 $72,583 $72,116 $75,047 $78,120 $74,243 $74,447 $600.00 2
31 $74,576 $72,743 $72,116 $75,047 $78,120 $74,243 $74,474 $573.00 2
32 $74,576 $72,905 $72,116 $75,047 $78,120 $74,243 $74,501 $546.00 2

Teacher Bachelor’s (T-4)

Teacher Bachelor’s (T-4) – Rank
Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6
Occurrences 0 3 9 8 5 6
Teacher Bachelor’s (T-4) – Rank
Atlanta Clayton Cobb DeKalb Fulton Gwinnett DeKalb
Step/Students 51,120 53,797 112,355 100,875 95,683 176,196 Average Diff Rank
0,1,2 $45,198 $43,517 $42,364 $44,650 $44,016 $41,849 $43,599 $1,051.00 2
3 $45,708 $44,560 $43,799 $44,650 $44,016 $42,267 $44,167 $483.00 2
4 $46,217 $44,765 $44,341 $44,650 $44,364 $42,690 $44,505 $145.00 3
5 $47,261 $44,869 $45,091 $45,733 $44,364 $43,116 $45,072 $661.00 2
6 $48,328 $44,973 $46,892 $45,733 $44,796 $43,547 $45,711 $22.00 3
7 $49,418 $45,077 $48,302 $45,733 $44,796 $43,983 $46,218 -$485.00 3
8 $50,533 $45,285 $50,475 $45,787 $46,980 $44,422 $47,247 -$1,460.00 4
9 $51,673 $46,218 $51,987 $46,286 $46,980 $44,910 $48,009 -$1,723.00 4
10 $52,840 $46,218 $51,987 $46,542 $47,640 $45,139 $48,394 -$1,852.00 4
11 $54,031 $48,188 $53,545 $46,982 $48,312 $46,720 $49,630 -$2,648.00 5
12 $55,250 $48,188 $53,545 $48,401 $49,668 $48,327 $50,563 -$2,162.00 4
13 $56,498 $51,653 $55,153 $48,992 $51,060 $50,171 $52,254 -$3,262.00 6
14 $57,799 $51,653 $55,153 $50,719 $52,488 $51,090 $53,150 -$2,431.00 6
15 $59,132 $53,288 $56,808 $51,273 $53,952 $51,950 $54,400 -$3,127.00 6
16 $60,496 $53,288 $56,808 $52,691 $55,476 $52,720 $55,246 -$2,555.00 6
17 $61,890 $54,962 $58,514 $53,447 $57,024 $53,610 $56,575 -$3,128.00 6
18 $62,365 $54,962 $58,514 $54,615 $58,632 $54,405 $57,249 -$2,634.00 5
19 $62,840 $56,892 $60,463 $55,400 $60,264 $55,331 $58,532 -$3,132.00 5
20 $63,317 $56,892 $60,463 $56,691 $61,956 $56,152 $59,245 -$2,554.00 5
21 $63,803 $58,488 $62,006 $56,811 $63,684 $57,113 $60,318 -$3,507.00 6
22 $64,290 $58,649 $62,006 $58,547 $65,472 $57,960 $61,154 -$2,607.00 5
23 $64,776 $60,288 $62,516 $60,321 $65,472 $58,957 $62,055 -$1,734.00 4
24 $65,274 $60,450 $62,516 $62,148 $65,472 $59,502 $62,560 -$412.00 4
25 $65,772 $62,133 $62,516 $63,380 $66,612 $61,510 $63,654 -$274.00 3
26 $66,269 $62,294 $63,035 $63,380 $66,612 $61,982 $63,929 -$549.00 3
27 $67,048 $64,024 $63,035 $63,380 $68,484 $62,484 $64,743 -$1,363.00 4
28 $67,827 $64,185 $63,035 $64,611 $70,392 $62,883 $65,489 -$878.00 3
29 $67,827 $64,345 $63,568 $64,611 $70,392 $63,250 $65,666 -$1,055.00 3
30 $67,827 $64,507 $63,568 $64,611 $70,392 $64,865 $65,962 -$1,351.00 4
31 $67,827 $64,667 $63,568 $65,869 $70,392 $64,865 $66,198 -$329.00 3
32 $67,827 $64,828 $63,568 $65,869 $70,392 $64,865 $66,225 -$356.00 3