FAQ

The Board of Education is seeking to optimize the usage and efficiency of all DCSD facilities by creating a Comprehensive Master Plan (CMP), considering changes to special programs and school choice programs, and implementing Districtwide changes in attendance areas and feeder patterns.

Previous construction/renovation programs have focused more on improvements to individual facilities and less on a comprehensive analysis of the system as a whole. The Board of Education would like to establish strategic, system-wide goals as the basis for future construction expenditures, planned facilities improvements, and redistricting plans. Similarly, there is a need to establish community-wide consensus regarding issues of optimum facility use, special programs, school choice, the number and location of new schools, and school consolidation.

Eā€“SPLOST is the Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, a one percent sales tax currently paid on the sale of good and services sold in DeKalb County, which has been continuously approved by the voters since 1997 and used for capital improvements. Capital improvements include new school construction and renovation, purchase of new school buses, upgrades to information technology and other school systems.
The Comprehensive Master Plan will help the District determine how, when, where, and why resources will be dedicated to the improvement and modernization of district buildings and infrastructure, including schools. Every resident has an interest in how these resources are used to improve the quality of public education in DeKalb County.
A team of specially trained consultants, architectural, engineering and construction professionals will evaluate every facility and building system according and score it according to a standardized set of criteria. These scores will be used to evaluate the condition of every facility.

A team of Architects who specialize in educational facility design will review every educational facility in the district. Each facility will be scored according to a rubric that is based on the District’s Educational Specifications and that has been developed in coordination with the District’s curriculum and instruction experts.

All assessments will follow a rigorous review and feedback process that includes relevant stakeholders. FCAs (Facility Condition Assessments) will include input (where appropriate) from Principals, maintenance staff, custodial teams and the PAC. Educational Adequacy Assessments (EAA) will include input from Principals and PACs. After assessments and interviews with stakeholders are completed, summary reports and meeting notes will be sent to the campus to verify content. Region/cluster groups will meet to review FCA/EAA scorecards and provide comments. Scorecards by campus will be made available on this website with contact information for additional feedback.

No, the ESA only evaluates a facility in terms of the educational suitability of the space. A separate methodology is uses to determine the capacity of each school building.

Yes, capacity takes into account differing room uses in order to better account for differing class sizes for each use. The amount each classroom type contributes is determined first by taking the maximum class size for that classroom type as approved by the Board, and then adjusting that contribution to account for smaller classrooms that may not be able to hold the maximum number of students.
All issues identified by the assessments will be documented. Urgent issues will be addressed immediately while others will factor into the priorities developed at the conclusion of the master planning process.
Members of the public will be asked to participate in a district-wide survey and members of specific school communities will receive an additional survey focused on their particular campus. In addition, a variety of public meetings will be held to share the ongoing results of the evaluation process and to solicit feedback.