Monthly Archives: February 2015

Monday – School Choice Online Application – Maintenance

E-Portal will be offline Monday.
The DeKalb County School District continues its goal to improve the E-Portal application for the online school choice enrollment program. Therefore, we will be performing system maintenance on Monday, February 16, 2015 beginning at 12:00a.m.  Also, the school district is closed in observance of President’s Day.  During this time there will be no access to any portion of the E-Portal application.  The program will be back online by Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 12:00a.m.  Thank you as we work to improve the E-Portal application.

  Epic Fail – School Choice Registration
  “This is unacceptable. Fix this today.”
  DCSD School Choice Website

Tuesday February 10, 2015
On behalf of the DeKalb County School District, I apologize for any inconvenience or delay experienced by parents attempting to utilize our online school choice application process.
During the first day of registration, yesterday, we experienced a significant increase in choice applications. Despite technical problems we were able to process more than 500 online applications. This large volume of traffic combined with the integration of a new online choice system caused some delay and confusion for some parents.
Today, we processed another 700 online applications by 10 a.m.
The IT Department and the School Choice Office are working around the clock to resolve the issues that have been reported. In response, we have implemented an enhanced technical assistance and support plan.
We have already put in place the following to assist our parents:

  • A Parent Support Center is staffed with 10 telephone lines including 678.676.0035 and 678.676.0205.
  • The Support Center is available daily from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Contact information for the Support Center is posted on the District website ( and on the District ePortal.

We will continue to provide our parents with updates and support on the District website and social media outlets including @DeKalbSchools for Twitter and Instagram and /DeKalbCountySchoolDistrict for Facebook.
Michael L. Thurmond
DeKalb County School District

Legislation To Help Failing Schools In DeKalb

Governor Deal unveiled a plan Wednesday allowing the state to assume management and operations of failing schools. This post was adapted from How Nathan Deal’s bid to rescue failing schools would work by Greg Bluestein at the AJC.
The enabling legislation creates an Opportunity School District which would pick up 20 failing schools each year. The overall number would be capped at 100 and the program would start in the 2017 school year.  The Opportunity School District would be led by a superintendent who reports directly to the Governor and would be outside the jurisdiction of the Ga DOE and State Superintendent.
What schools would be taken over? Schools that score below a 60 on the state’s College and Career Performance Index three years running which includes 26 of DeKalb’s schools listed below.
Once the decision to intervene is made, the superintendent of the new district can choose between four options:

  • Direct state management of the school
  • Shared governance with a local school board
  • Conversion to a charter school
  • Closure of the school

The opportunity school district’s superintendent would pick the school leadership team. Each opportunity school would have a nonprofit board to oversee its governance.
26 of the 141 schools in need of recovery are in DeKalb:

School CCRPI
Browns Mill Elementary 54 55 51
Canby Lane Elementary 58 58 47
Cedar Grove Elementary 57 53 58
Cedar Grove Middle School 58 48 54
Clifton Elementary 52 54 46
Columbia Elementary 53 52 49
Columbia High School 53 58 56
Dunaire Elementary 58 59 50
Miller Elementary 53 53 50
Fairington Elementary 50 56 55
Flat Rock Elementary 50 52 58
Flat Shoals Elementary 42 54 50
Freedom Middle School 56 59 52
Knollwood Elementary 47 41 54
MLK Jr High School 57 60 60
Meadowview Elementary 42 44 53
Midway Elementary 52 46 48
Oakview Elementary 48 58 51
Panola Way Elementary 58 44 51
Redan Elementary 50 50 48
McNair Elementary 47 50 42
Salem Middle School 56 50 58
Snapfinger Elementary 50 55 56
Stoneview Elementary 49 47 45
Toney Elementary 56 50 48
Towers High School 57 48 56