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School Councils Are Now Principal Advisory Councils

School Council from here on out will be referred to as Principal Advisory Council (PAC). DeKalb Schools administration has decided that PACs will now operate under the control and management of the DeKalb County School District.

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For almost 20 years, O.C.G.A. § 20-2-85–86 required that school councils be established at every public school. Establishing a school council at some of our lower performing schools has been challenging. Last year, board members had various meetings with district administrators to discuss solutions to this problem.

School district administration has decided to centralize control and management of the School Council and rebrand it as Principal Advisory Council (PAC). This will ease the formation and operations of PACs at our schools where establishing a school council has been challenging. Hopefully this will not have a negative impact on our existing high performing school councils. That will depend on the flexibility given to those PACs. Thus far I’m concerned about the district defining the Bylaws including elections and the make up of the PAC.

What are your thoughts?

Principal Advisory Council Bylaws School Year 2017/2018
DeKalb Schools Principal Advisory Councils Web Site.

Overview
The purpose of the Principal Advisory Council is to bring parents, school employees, students and community members together. The Principal Advisory Council provides advice and recommendations to the school principal, the local board of education and local school superintendent on matters related to school climate/culture, student achievement, and community partnerships.

The members of the Principal Advisory Council are accountable to the constituents they serve and shall:

  • Maintain a school-wide perspective on issues;
  • Act as a link between the school and the community;
  • Encourage the engagement of parents and other stakeholders within the school community; and
  • Work to increase student achievement and performance through transparent operations and shared best practices.

Principal Advisory Council Authority
The Principal Advisory Council shall advise and make recommendations on matters relating to school improvement and student achievement.
The Principal Advisory Council shall:

  • Review the Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP) and monitor progress toward goals,
  • Have the authority to create ad hoc committees of PAC members, parents, staff, and community members to provide input on school initiatives to improve school climate/culture, student achievement, and community partnerships,
  • Participate in the selection of the school principal, in the case of a vacancy, in accordance with the written policy of the DeKalb County School District,
  • Designate one Principal Advisory Council representative to participate in the Cluster Advisory Council, and
  • Have the same immunity as the DeKalb Board of Education in all matters directly related to the functions of the Principal Advisory Council.

Elections
Council elections will be conducted by the District in the fall before October 1.

The electing body for the parent/guardian members (as verified through the District’s Student Information System) shall consist of all parents/guardians eligible to serve as a parent/guardian member of the Principal Advisory Council. The electing body for teachers shall consist of all full-time non-supervisory staff eligible to serve as a teacher member of the Principal Advisory Council.

Membership
Membership on the Principal Advisory Council shall be open to principals, teachers, school employees, parents, community members and students (at high schools). The principal will be an ex officio, nonvoting member. Members of the Principal Advisory Council shall not receive compensation to serve on the Principal Advisory Council. Councils may appoint additional members. The recommended maximum number of members is 11. Councils may create subcommittees and may establish the membership for those committees. The DCSD reserves the right to establish the protocols for the Principal Selection Committee and the Construction Advisory Committee.

Elected Members of the Principal Advisory Council shall include the following two categories:

  • Four (4) parents/guardians of students enrolled in the school, excluding parents who are also employees of the school, elected by the parents/guardians of the school,
  • Two (2) teachers (non-supervisory instructional staff) elected by the full-time nonsupervisory staff of the school.

Appointed Members of the Principal Advisory Council may include the following:

  • Additional parents, students (high school only) and/or community members nominated by the elected Principal Advisory Council members and approved by the elected Principal Advisory Council members in a public meeting.
  • Additional ex officio members nominated by the elected Principal Advisory Council members and approved by the elected Principal Advisory Council members in a public meeting.

Facilities Planning Online Survey

The Secondary School Facility Planning & Feasibility Study is a study based on public input on how to address overcrowding in middle and high schools. We are currently in the 3rd round of stakeholder engagement.

Timeline:  Aug 23 – Sep 16, 2016:
• Request for Cluster-level joint formal school council response
Online Survey on three Options

Request for Cluster-level joint formal school council response

Superintendent Stephen Green

Dr. Stephen Green
Superintendent, DeKalb County School District

“We believe that our school councils are very important to the decision-making process within the District. So much so, we are asking for our school councils from the middle and high schools within each cluster to come together and develop a joint letter (with signatures of the school council chairs) to the Chief Operations Officer detailing their viewpoints on the three options or another option by September 16th.”

Online Survey – Current Responses
As of high noon on Tuesday Aug 30, there were almost 1,200 responses. You may take the survey up until midnight on September 16, 2016.

SUMMARY of Round 3 Proposed Options

Option A – Add New Sequoyah Area Cluster
• Re-cluster existing Cross Keys Cluster
• New Sequoyah Area High School (at future site) + New Cross Keys Area Middle School at Briarcliff site
• Additions at five existing secondary schools
• Total New/Additions: 4,200 HS + 2,300 MS = 6,500 seats
• No split feeders (maintains 1-to-1 MS-to-HS alignment)
• Dependent on significant land acquisition for new high school
Option B – Split Feeders
• Re-cluster existing Cross Keys Cluster
• New Cross Keys High School at Briarcliff site
• Additions at five existing secondary schools + conversion of HS to MS
• Total New/Additions: 3,450 HS + 1,500 MS = 4,950 seats
• Split feeders in Regions 1, 2, & 3
Option C – New Sequoyah Area High School & Relocate Chamblee Magnets
• Re-cluster existing Cross Keys Cluster
• New Sequoyah Area High School + New Cross Keys Area Middle School at Briarcliff site
• Relocate magnet programs to school(s) with available capacity
• Additions at five existing secondary schools
• Total New/Additions: 3,800 HS + 2,050 MS = 5,850 seats
• No split feeders (maintains 1-to-1 MS-to-HS alignment)
• Dependent on significant land acquisition for new high school

IMPACT of Round 3 Proposed Options

NEW/REPLACEMENT SCHOOLS ADDITIONS TO EXISTING
SCHOOLS
Option A
New Doraville Cluster
New 2,400-seat high school in Sequoyah area

New 1,400-seat middle school for Cross Keys at Briarcliff site

1. 600-seat Cross Keys HS
2. 500-seat Sequoyah MS
3. 400-seat Lakeside HS
4. 800-seat Clarkston HS
5. 400-seat Freedom MS
Option B
Split Feeders
New 2,500-seat Cross Keys HS at Briarcliff site (Convert current CKHS to 1,500-seat middle school) 1. 600-seat Chamblee HS
2. 600-seat Dunwoody HS
3. 750-seat Lakeside HS
4. 300-seat Clarkston HS
5. 200-seat at former CKHS
Option C
New Sequoyah HS
New 2,000-seat high school in Sequoyah area

1,400-seat middle school for Cross Keys at Briarcliff site

1. 600-seat Cross Keys HS
2. 250-seat Sequoyah MS
3. 400-seat Lakeside HS
4. 800-seat Clarkston HS
5. 400-seat Freedom MS

Unredacted Survey Results To Date


Timeline
Aug 23 – Sep 16, 2016:
Online Survey on three Options
• Request for Cluster-level joint formal school council response

Sep 27, 2016
• Present the Secondary School Study final recommendation at the Building SPACES Presentation

Oct 4 – 17, 2016
Five public hearings in October to discuss the E-SPLOST V project draft list.
The draft list, compiled through the Building S.P.A.C.E.S. Initiative, will be publicly presented Sept. 27.

Each public hearing will be at 7 p.m. at the following locations:
• Oct. 4, 2016 at Tucker High School (Region 2)
• Oct. 11, 2016 at Miller Grove High School (Region 4)
• Oct. 13, 2016 at Chamblee High School (Region 1)
• Oct. 17, 2016 at Columbia High School (Region 5)
• Oct. 18, 2016 at Stone Mountain High School (Region 3)

Oct 4 – 24, 2016
• Online Survey on draft E-SPLOST project list

Nov 7, 2016
• Board COW discussion on E-SPLOST project list

Dec 5, 2016
• Formal Board approval of E-SPLOST project list


Round 3 – DeKalb Secondary School Facility Planning and Feasibility Study
August 25, 2016 – Round 3 of a study based on public input on how to address overcrowding in middle and high schools. The scope of the study was later expanded to include renovation and capacity recommendations for middle and high school facilities in all regions.

Chamblee Magnet Moving? It’s Still On The Table
August 10, 2016 – Is the option to move the Chamblee Magnet Program still on the table? Superintendent Green refutes any communications saying it’s off the table.

Pros & Cons
Planning and Feasibility Study Options

July 25, 2016 – Committees consisting of steering committee members and two representatives from each of the forty middle and high schools studied and discussed these pros and cons of the four potential options to address current and pending capacity needs.

Cost Estimates
Planning and Feasibility Study Options

July 20, 2016 – Based on 2022 enrollment projections, the Steering Committee discussed these Cost Estimates for the four potential options to address current and pending capacity needs.

DeKalb Secondary School Facility Planning and Feasibility Study
July 18, 2016 – The study will identify the challenges and opportunities facing each middle school and high school, determine options to address the needs identified, and prepare regional master plans to implement the options. Here are the problems, the funds and the options.

Chamblee Magnet Program – Is it moving?
July 13, 2016 – Any truth to the rumor of moving the magnet program from Chamblee Middle and Chamblee High? Steering committees discussed the pros and cons of the following four potential options to address current and pending capacity needs.