In the coming weeks and months, each of you will have a chance to participate in this exciting initiative. Your insight is important and, together, we will develop a clear path to the future.
The Building S.P.A.C.E.S. Initiative is made up of three main components:
Facility Condition Assessment reports posted
Facility Educational Adequacy Assessment scores and reports posted
“What you need to know about the E-SPLOST vote On May 24, 2016” presentation posted
Community Input Survey posted dcsd.questionpro.com
Upcoming community input meetings for October 2015
The Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) and Facility Educational Adequacy Assessment (FEAA) reports will be completed November/December 2015
Building S.P.A.C.E.S Facility Condition Assessment Press Release
Building S.P.A.C.E.S website launch
Schedule for Facility Condition Assessment Site Visits post to website
DeKalb County School District’s Master Planning process includes an evaluation of all school and administrative facilities, as well as the infrastructure to support the educational mission of the District. This process includes gathering data about school facilities that will be used to develop priorities leading to the fifth consecutive Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST V) project list.
The Master Planning process will occur in several phases, ending in the Spring of 2016. Major components of the process include:
- Stakeholder Engagement: Throughout this initiative, the District will ensure that community stakeholders understand the process and are given ample opportunity to give and receive information. It is essential that the entire community has an opportunity to share insights, thoughts, and recommendations for improving the school environment throughout the District.
- Facility Condition Assessments (FCA): Specially-trained consultants, as well as architectural, engineering and construction professionals, will be evaluating facility each facility, looking at every building system (e.g., the condition of the windows, the roof, and the HVAC system.) Community members will be invited by the principal to observe this assessment. Please visit the schedule of site visits for the date of the Facility Condition Assessment at each school.
- Facility Educational Adequacy Assessments (FEAA): Specially-trained consultants (former principals and other educators) will evaluate each school building looking at how well the facility supports the educational programs in the school: e.g., is each science classroom equip with appropriate storage space, lab tables and safety equipment? Community members will be invited by the principal to observe this assessment. Please visit the schedule of site visits for the date of the Facility Educational Adequacy Assessment at each school.
- Enrollment, Capacity, and Utilization: We will conduct demographic analyses and develop enrollment projections to identify and project student populations by attendance area, school, and grade level. This analyses will aid in the evaluation of the District’s current and future utilization of all schools, based on the ratio of each schools enrollment versus its facility capacity.
- Operations Review: Adequate support resources are critical to efficient and effective school operations. We will evaluate the District’s current operations against best practices in an effort to enhance the existing operations strategy to support the strategic mission of the District. This review will evaluate the operations related to school nutrition (centralized cold storage or dry storage needs), warehousing and supply management (centralized warehousing of supplies, books, and other media), transportation and vehicle support (bus parking and fueling locations), athletics (shared/regional stadiums and natatoriums), swing space planning for construction projects in E-SPLOST V, centralized registration, parent outreach centers, and training facilities.
- Surplus Property Review: We will evaluate the District’s surplus properties and develop a comprehensive plan for future use of such properties, in alignment with the District’s strategic operations strategy.
- E-SPLOST Project List Development
Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST)
- A significant funding source for capital improvements (e.g. new construction, facility improvements, technology upgrades, etc) which can ONLY be used for educational purposes
- A one penny consumption tax funded by anyone buying goods in the county, regardless of where they live
- Must be approved by DeKalb County voters, and has been continuously approved since its inception in 1997
- The E-SPLOST will expire on June 30, 2017, unless it is continued by the voters of DeKalb County on May 24, 2016
As in the past, a joint resolution was approved between DeKalb County School District, the Atlanta Public Schools and the City Schools of Decatur for the approval of a project list to be presented to the voters via formal referendum in May of 2016. If approved by the voters of DeKalb County, E-SPLOST V sales tax collections would commence on July 1, 2017 and sunset on June 30, 2022.
In the past, the primary source of local revenue available to most school systems for renovating and modifying existing educational facilities and the construction of new schools, was property tax. Two options were available:
- The local board of education (LBOE) could ask the voters to approve issuance of General Obligation Bonds to be repaid from property tax revenues.
- The LBOE had the option of using ad valorem tax revenues levied for the Maintenance and Operation (M & O) of schools to fund capital improvement projects.
Either of these options placed the burden for providing adequate local funding for capital improvements directly on property owners.
The constitutional amendment approved by the voters of Georgia in November 1996, allows LBOE’s the option of calling for a referendum to ask their voters to approve an E-SPLOST.
E-SPLOST is regulated by the State Constitution and state laws:
- Georgia Constitution Article VIII, Section VI, Paragraph IV
- O.C.G.A. § 48-8-110 through § 48-8-121
- O.C.G.A. § 48-8-140 through § 48-8-142 (Articles 3 and 4 of Chapter 8 of Title 48 of Official Code of Georgia annotated, as amended in 1997)
For more information on SPLOST and E-SPLOST, please see ACCG’s Guide for County Officials (5th Edition, 2013).
Community Input Survey
DeKalb County School District held five (5) regional public input meetings on Tuesday October 20th through Thursday October 29th of 2015 to discuss and gather information related to the District’s E-SPLOST V master planning process called the “Building S.P.A.C.E.S.” Initiative. The “Building S.P.A.C.E.S.” Initiative is an effort to determine how, where, and why future resources should be dedicated to the improvement and modernization of our buildings and infrastructure to support the District’s vision “to inspire our community of learners to achieve educational excellence.”
It is critical that we get as much community input from the respective regions as we can in order to develop a comprehensive master plan and E-SPLOST V project list. If you weren’t able to attend the first round of community input meetings, a survey was provided up until December 4th, 2015 which contained the same questions from the regional input meetings.
DeKalb County School District is holding five (5) regional public input meetings, to discuss and gather information related to the E-SPLOST V planning called the “Building S.P.A.C.E.S.” Initiative. The “Building S.P.A.C.E.S.” Initiative is an effort to determine how, where, and why future resources should be dedicated to the improvement and modernization of our buildings and infrastructure to support the District’s vision “to inspire our community of learners to achieve educational excellence.”
DeKalb County School District is holding one informational and five (5) regional public input meetings, to discuss and gather information related to the E-SPLOST V planning called the “Building S.P.A.C.E.S.” Initiative.
Informational Meeting – September 27, 2016 Informational Meeting
2nd Round of Regional Community Input Meetings
Informational Meeting at AIC Tuesday, September 27th in the AUD 7 PM – 9 PM
The Facility Master Plan process includes gathering data about school facilities that will be used to develop priorities leading to the Education-Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST) detailed project list proposal that will go to the Board for approval in December 2016. This process will occur in several phases, starting the Spring of 2015 and continuing until the Spring of 2016. Throughout that time stakeholders will have multiple opportunities to provide input, give feedback, and help shape the plan.
The timeline for the Master Plan major work components is as follows:
- Conduct Facility Condition Assessment Site Visits: May 2015 – July 2015
- Conduct Facility Educational Adequacy Assessment Site Visits: August 2015 – October 2015
- Board approves joint resolution to call for the E-SPLOST vote: February 1, 2016
- Primary Data posted on website (FCA, FEAA, Enrollment and Capacity): March 11, 2016
- Initiate public meetings for Secondary School Facility Planning and Feasibility Study: March 2016
- E-SPLOST Referendum vote: May 24, 2016
- Conclusion of public meetings for Secondary School Facility Planning and Feasibility: June 2016
- Public Meeting presenting systems data and proposed selection criteria for detailed project list: July 2016
- Five regional meetings to discuss draft detailed project list: September 2016
- Board discussion at Committee of the Whole on the proposed detailed project list and schedule: November 5, 2016
- Board approval of final detailed project list and schedule: December 7, 2016
- Sales tax collections commence for the next five-year E-SPLOST period: July 1, 2017
Frequently Asked Questions
DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is launching the “Building S.P.A.C.E.S.” Initiative in an effort to determine how, where, and why future resources should be dedicated to the improvement and modernization of our buildings and infrastructure to support the District’s vision “to inspire our community of learners to achieve educational excellence.” This initiative helps support equity across all levels of the organization, in every school, and for every member of our district and community. Whether a space is for Student Growth, Parent Engagement, Administrator Leadership, Community Awareness, Educator Support or Service Delivery, S.P.A.C.E.S. needs to be a place where everyone is welcome and the success of all is paramount.
The FEAA Guide was used as the standard for each site evaluation. School staff and parents were invited to participate in the site visit and assessment at each school. The FEAA results in a score of 1-100. The higher the score, the better the building supports the planned educational program.
DataThe following table contains the scores and reports for the Facility Condition Assessment (FCA), Facility Educational Adequacy Assessment (FEAA), the capacity and enrollment for the next seven years for the schools.
|Adams Stadium Facility||Stadium||Druid Hills||2||39.49|
|Arabia Mountain HS||HS||M. L. King, Jr.||4||98.15||84.98||1,414||1,582|
|Ashford Park ES||ES||Chamblee||1||48.93||55.79||720||496|
|Avondale ES||ES||Druid Hills||2||65.38||80.07||347||686|
|Avondale Stadium Facility||Stadium||Druid Hills||2||40.14|
|Bethune, Mary McLeod MS||MS||Towers||5||95.99||76.12||1,086||1,375|
|Bob Mathis ES||ES||Southwest DeKalb||4||54.33||62.58||534||578|
|Bouie, Edward L. Sr. Theme ES||ES||M. L. King, Jr.||4||65.22||77.16||779||853|
|Briar Vista ES||ES||Druid Hills||2||25.42||60.67||664||552|
|Browns Mill ES||ES||M. L. King, Jr.||4||51.08||75.87||592||762|
|Canby Lane ES||ES||Towers||5||40.88||69.36||798||714|
|Cary Reynolds ES||ES||Cross Keys||1||31.62||51.43||836||701|
|Cedar Grove ES||ES||Cedar Grove||5||52.48||70.62||657||626|
|Cedar Grove HS||HS||Cedar Grove||5||81.39||61.06||1,026||1,247|
|Cedar Grove MS||MS||Cedar Grove||5||74.82||87.43||862||1,256|
|Champion Theme MS||MS||Stone Mountain||3||43.26||65.96||801||811|
|Chapel Hill ES||ES||Southwest DeKalb||4||55.86||74.92||572||760|
|Chapel Hill MS||MS||Southwest DeKalb||4||61.42||74.74||841||1,076|
|Former Clarkston HS Facility||Leased||Clarkston||3||71.15|
|Clarkston Community Center Soccer Facility||Leased||Clarkston||3||62.79|
|Cross Keys HS||HS||Cross Keys||1||90.92||63.33||2,286||1,306|
|DeKalb Alternative School||Other||Stone Mountain||2||70.08||56.48||142||611|
|AIC: DeKalb Early College Academy||HS||Stone Mountain||3||88.34||66.61||337||302|
|DeKalb ES of the Arts at Former Avondale Middle Facility||ES||Druid Hills||2||78.09||82.54||549||1,054|
|DeKalb HS of Technology-South||Other||Cedar Grove||5||35.27||69.63||200|
|Dekalb Preparatory Academy Charter (at Glen Haven Facility)||Leased||Towers||4||84.27||515|
|DeKalb Rockdale GNETS at Eagle Woods Facility||Other||Redan||3||47.74||56.02||77||151|
|DeKalb Rockdale GNETS at Shadow Rock Facility||Other||Redan||3||60.18||66.22||17||85|
|DeKalb School of the Arts at Former Avondale HS||HS||Druid Hills||2||54.84||62.11||419||684|
|Doraville Administrative Facility||Admin||Dunwoody||1||11.88|
|Dresden ES||ES||Cross Keys||1||40.23||51.22||990||813|
|Druid Hills HS||HS||Druid Hills||2||72.16||70.83||1,427||1,425|
|Druid Hills MS||MS||Druid Hills||2||75.70||62.42||1,035||1,182|
|E. L. Miller ES||ES||Redan||3||35.68||67.66||773||687|
|AIC: Elizabeth Andrews HS||HS||Stone Mountain||2||88.34||65.51||646||1,006|
|East Campus Transportation Facility||Admin||Stone Mountain||3||89.44|
|Environmental Studies Center Facility||Other||Cedar Grove||5||35.15|
|Fairington ES||ES||M. L. King, Jr.||4||46.90||52.53||809||698|
|Fernbank ES||ES||Druid Hills||2||100||98.76||873||1,100|
|Fernbank Science Center||Other||Druid Hills||2||45.95||83.25||182|
|Flat Rock ES||ES||M. L. King, Jr.||4||94.90||79.99||903||963|
|Flat Shoals ES||ES||McNair||5||60.75||74.22||454||674|
|Former Atherton ES Facility||ES||Columbia||5||0.00|
|Former Central Office Building A and B Facility||Admin||Clarkston||3||31.31|
|Former DeKalb Transition Facility||Other||Southwest DeKalb||4||0.00|
|Former Shallowford ES Facility||ES||Dunwoody||1||79.72|
|Former Skyhaven ES Facility||ES||McNair||5||0.00|
|Former Truancy ES Facility||ES||Clarkston||3||0.00|
|Former Briarcliff HS||HS||Druid Hills||2||19.36|
|Former International Student Center||ES||Druid Hills||2||50.45||54.14||415|
|Former Terry Mill Facility||ES||McNair||5||68.59||74.43|
|Former Wadsworth Facility||ES||Columbia||5||54.57||73.34||458|
|Globe Academy Charter (K-3rd at Heritage Facility)||Leased||Lakeside||4||46.72||850|
|Hallford, James R. Stadium Facility||Stadium||Clarkston||3||50.54|
|Hambrick ES||ES||Stone Mountain||3||73.28||73.36||727||728|
|Hatton Rd Warehouse Facility||Leased||Druid Hills||2||41.91|
|Henderson Mill ES||ES||Lakeside||2||27||50.18||770||550|
|Huntley Hills ES||ES||Chamblee||1||34.66||70.77||535||489|
|Indian Creek ES||ES||Clarkston||3||38.43||80.17||1,457||898|
|International Community School (at Medlock Facility)||Leased||Druid Hills||4||39.66||420|
|International Student Center at Former Midway||Other||Towers||1||53.15||54.99||365||1,044|
|Kelley Lake ES||ES||McNair||5||39.32||72.58||392||439|
|Laurel Ridge ES||ES||Druid Hills||2||54.59||66.21||599||502|
|Marbut Theme ES||ES||Redan||4||53.96||76.09||745||852|
|Margaret Harris Comprehensive School||Other||Lakeside||1||78.41||58.51||56||142|
|Martin Luther King, Jr. HS||HS||M. L. King, Jr.||4||66.03||72.54||1,603||2,092|
|McLendon ES||ES||Druid Hills||2||78.02||73.09||479||465|
|McNair, Ronald E. DLA ES||ES||McNair||5||99.61||76.79||914||978|
|McNair, Ronald E. HS||HS||McNair||5||91.48||87.25||687||1,522|
|McNair, Ronald E. MS||MS||McNair||5||38.78||65.42||730||1,214|
|Miller Grove HS||HS||Miller Grove||4||97.68||87.74||1,681||1,832|
|Miller Grove MS||MS||Miller Grove||4||37.25||73.09||1,174||1,127|
|Montclair ES||ES||Cross Keys||1||63.89||50.27||923||755|
|Murphey Candler ES||ES||M. L. King, Jr.||4||65.99||75.88||583||676|
|Narvie J. Harris Theme ES||ES||Southwest DeKalb||4||86.73||76.62||795||859|
|North DeKalb Stadium Facility||Stadium||Chamblee||1||42.49|
|Oak Grove ES||ES||Lakeside||2||48.87||68.29||499||618|
|Oak View ES||ES||Cedar Grove||5||89.22||81.16||906||989|
|Oakcliff Theme ES||ES||Cross Keys||1||44.56||64.47||772||761|
|Rock Gym Facility||Other||Stone Mountain||3||47.49|
|Panola Way ES||ES||Miller Grove||4||54.77||64.48||1,104||946|
|Panthersville Administrative Facility||Admin||Cedar Grove||5||14.38|
|Pine Ridge ES||ES||Stephenson||3||60.57||90.04||640||842|
|Rainbow ES||ES||Southwest DeKalb||4||57.51||72.71||502||606|
|Robert Shaw Theme ES||ES||Druid Hills||2||51.98||70.16||531||581|
|Rock Chapel ES||ES||Stephenson||3||42.35||66.46||588||720|
|Rockbridge ES||ES||Stone Mountain||3||0.00||321|
|Sagamore Hills ES||ES||Lakeside||2||50.65||77.44||425||472|
|Salem MS||MS||M. L. King, Jr.||4||39.22||74.48||1,041||1,225|
|Sam A. Moss Service Facility||Admin||Lakeside||2||43.83|
|Sequoyah MS||MS||Cross Keys||1||76.52||67.85||2,033||1,235|
|Shadow Rock ES||ES||Redan||3||60.18||81.62||668||801|
|Smoke Rise ES||ES||Tucker||2||0.00||70.46||341||566|
|Southwest DeKalb HS||HS||Southwest DeKalb||4||89.95||86.70||1,242||1,825|
|Stone Mill ES||ES||Stone Mountain||3||74.12||68.51||561||619|
|Stone Mountain ES||ES||Stone Mountain||3||47.14||69.55||450||636|
|Stone Mountain HS||HS||Stone Mountain||3||69.79||61.80||1,005||1,193|
|Stone Mountain MS||MS||Stone Mountain||3||99.06||85.55||861||1,390|
|The Museum School of Avondale Estates (at Forrest Hills Facility)||Leased||Druid Hills||4||80.66||516|
|Wadsworth Magnet at Knollwood||ES||Towers||5||68.27||66.87||223||638|
|Warren Technical School||Other||Lakeside||1||72.06||69.67||223||255|
|William "Buck" Godfrey Stadium Facility||Stadium||Cedar Grove||5||40.14|
|William Bradley Bryant Center Facility||Admin||Lakeside||2||72.27|
|Woodridge ES||ES||Miller Grove||4||50.38||65.21||443||542|
|Woodward ES||ES||Cross Keys||1||72.34||76.59||973||776|
|Wynbrooke Theme ES||ES||Stephenson||3||85.36||81.66||804||927|
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