DCSD opens doors to DeKalb Association of REALTORS
Each year, DCSD welcomes members of the DeKalb Association of REALTORS to schools in all five regions as well as its Administrative & Instructional Complex. The event, which has come to be known as the “Seeing is Believing” tour, provides a snapshot of progress to potential and current real estate investors.
“We’re continuing to rise—we’re not where we want to be by any means, we still have a long way to go on our mountain climb, but we’re rising,” said DCSD Superintendent/CEO R. Stephen Green. “We will recognize and celebrate any rise. Every step counts—a baby step, a quantum leap. But it’s a marathon, not a sprint. As [REALTORS] go on our tour, I invite them to analyze, quantify and witness our rise. If you see it, you’ll believe it.”
On March 2, the DeKalb Association of REALTORS broke into groups of about 15 and visited Ashford Park, Rockbridge, Murphey Candler or Columbia elementary schools. While there, they learned about each school’s demographic, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs, International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, testing statistics, and more.
REALTORS then moved on to either Chamblee Charter, Stephenson, Arabia Mountain or Cedar Grove high schools to hear similar presentations before enjoying a catered lunch.
Those present at the 2018 tour also heard from deputy superintendent Dr. Vasanne Tinsley, Public Safety Chief Bradley Gober and Information Technology specialist Joseph Swing about enhancements to school district security.
Tinsley outlined how certain schools will soon include metal detectors; how the district reinstated its K-9 Units; future upgrades to security cameras; and upgrades to new school construction.
“We did some research and we found out that from January to February 2018, there had been about 15 major incidents that had something to do with school safety across the country. This includes intruders, weapons found, shooters and things of that sort,” Tinsley said. “Our leadership looked at these things and said, ‘What can we do to enhance security in DeKalb County?’ We’ve been innovating and thinking.”
Chief Gober outlined how DCSD employs 73 school resource officers, 114 campus security supervisors, 120 crossing guards, and a safe school audit team.
Tinsley also detailed the Digital Dreamers initiative, which will place a laptop device and mobile hot spot in the hands of every DCSD student. Swing outlined computer enhancements as well as visions for the future dealing with student protection.