In their 2020 Vision, DCSS will be hosting a series of public discussions on plans for redistricting in the fashion of old Paris and in fact calling them "Public Charrettes". Attendees at the meetings will participate via an audience response system, answering questions regarding their opinions. The school system is looking for a broad base of public input, yet you can attend all of the meetings and ensure that your opinion is counted every time. (A very good idea, in my opinion.)
According to the discussion at today's Emory Lavista Parent Council, the redistricting plan will have a more or less, three-pronged approach. First, representatives will assess every single school building by conducting a physical walk-through (led by Parsons), then a group of DCSS staff will conduct a second set of walk-throughs focusing on the instructional use of the building (are rooms being used as intended -- are programs equitable -- are similar classes offered at every school) and third is the community input, the charrettes, which are being conducted by a third party consultant. Although overall, I think this is a wonderful plan, the one concern I have about the entire plan is the schedule - it is very compact - in fact, Ms. Tyson informed us that in order to complete these visits within the timeline, the teams will need to visit five schools per day.
The meetings (charrettes) are scheduled below. For a copy of the flyer, click here.
- Chamblee High School, Tuesday November 9, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
- Towers High School, Wednesday November 10, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
- McNair High School, Monday November 15, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
- MLK High School, Tuesday November 16, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
- Stephenson High School, Wed. November 17, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
UPDATE:Two charrettes have been added: Nov 29th, Lakeside High School, and Nov 30, Peachtree Middle School, both at 6:30
The feedback from these charrettes will be summarized and presented to the board at its December 6, 2010 6:00 PM work session.
According to the DCSS website, "The 2020 Vision process is an 11-month process (October 2010 - August 2011) that will culminate in a 2020 Master Plan that will describe the facilities, programs, and other needs of the system over the next ten years and the recommended facility improvements required to meet these needs.
The master planning process will culminate in August 2011, which will lead up to a vote on SPLOST IV in mid-2012."