Stone Mountain & Clarkston Cluster Redistricting Nov. 2017 – Feb. 2018
DeKalb County School District is announcing three public meetings to discuss redistricting in the Stone Mountain and Clarkston clusters.
The new Rockbridge Elementary School facility is slated to open January 3, 2018 following a 2.5-year temporary relocation to the former Wadsworth campus. The first full school year at the new permanent facility begins Fall 2018.
As a result of the space made available by this new, larger facility, a redistricting of attendance lines is being recommended to address overcrowding at schools in the Stone Mountain and Clarkston clusters. This redistricting recommendation, scheduled to take effect Fall 2018, could potentially impact neighborhood schools in those clusters.
Elementary schools that could be affected:
- Allgood ES (in Clarkston cluster)
- Dunaire ES (in Clarkston cluster)
- Hambrick ES (in Stone Mountain cluster)
- Indian Creek ES (in Clarkston cluster)
- Jolly ES (in Clarkston cluster)
- Rockbridge ES (in Stone Mountain cluster)
- Stone Mill ES (in Stone Mountain cluster)
- Stone Mountain ES (in Stone Mountain cluster) Middle Schools that could be affected:
- Freedom MS (in Clarkston cluster)
- Stone Mountain MS (in Stone Mountain cluster)
High Schools that could be affected:
- Clarkston HS (in Clarkston cluster)
- Stone Mountain HS (in Stone Mountain cluster)
The redistricting process is driven by three rounds of increasingly specific community input. Once all three rounds of community input are complete, a Superintendent-Recommended Redistricting Plan is presented to the Board for approval in February 2018.
Note: All comments throughout all three rounds are limited to the redistricting criteria listed below:
- Safety and traffic patterns
- Previous redistricting
- Intact neighborhoods
- Special programs, i.e., programs serving special needs students that require additional classroom space
- School feeder alignment
- Efficient and economical operations
Public Input: Round 1 (November 2, 2017, 6:30 PM at Freedom MS)
The purpose of this meeting is to provide and receive information to/from the community as follows:
- An overview of the numerous factors contributing to the redistricting recommendation
- A list of schools and attendance areas that could be affected
- General and preliminary input to/from the community regarding the redistricting process and criteria
Note: No plans will be put forward for public consideration during this first-round meeting. All comments received will be combined with staff analysis to create three redistricting options that will be presented for community input and feedback at the second meeting.
Public Input: Round 2 (November 30, 2017, 6:30 PM at Freedom MS)
The purpose of this meeting is to present three options for possible redistricting, and to solicit community input/feedback on the various elements of each option.
Note: Comments from this second-round meeting will be used to create a single staff-recommended option for possible redistricting, which will be presented for public comment and input in the third round.
Public Input: Round 3 (January 11, 2018, 6:30 PM at Freedom MS)
The purpose of this third and final round is to present a single staff-recommended option for possible redistricting, and to solicit community input/feedback on this option.
Note: The single option presented may not necessarily reflect any single option presented during round two. Rather, this option will be the result of all compiled public comments from rounds one and two, as well as staff analysis. Presenting this singular option will result in focused community input regarding the specific elements of the plan being considered. This plan is not intended to be final.
Superintendent-Recommended Redistricting Plan
Following community feedback from all rounds of public input (and especially the most recent staff-recommended option), the Superintendent will make any changes deemed necessary and submit the Superintendent-Recommended Redistricting Plan for Board approval.
Board Approval (February 2018)
Board approval is expected February 2018, and any attendance-area adjustments will take effect Fall 2018.
Redistricting Options to Address Cross Keys Cluster OvercrowdingDeKalb County School District will be holding three (3) public meetings to present redistricting options to address overcrowding in the Cross Keys Cluster. The community will have an opportunity to voice their comments on the proposed options at these meetings. The affected schools include Briar Vista ES, Cary Reynolds ES, Chamblee HS, Cross Keys HS, Dresden ES, Fernbank ES, Montclair ES, Warren Tech, and Woodward ES. Final recommendations on redistricting will be presented for approval at the March 2016 Board Meeting.
The meetings will be held on the following dates at the locations and times shown:
* Meetings will be available in the following languages: English, Español – Spanish, 中國 – Chinese, বাঙালি – Bengali, Tiếng Việt – Vietnamese, ኣማርኛ – Amharic
Sequoyah MS (January 14) and Druid Hills HS (January 19)
- Round 1 Handouts
- Round 1 Redistricting Options:
- Round 1 Meeting Comments English / (Spanish translation is forthcoming / Traducción en Español estará disponible pronto)
- Round 1 Online Comment Form (Comment form closed on Thursday, January 28th at 11:59 PM)
Cross Keys HS (February 11)
- Round 2 Handouts
- Round 2 Meeting Comments English / (Spanish translation is forthcoming / Traducción en Español estará disponible pronto)
- Round 2 Online Comment Form (Comment form closed on Monday, February 22nd at 11:59 PM)