UPDATE: Good news! No need to text Clorox! The board actually approved funds for a new track at Peachtree MS as well as Columbia MS, Henderson MS and McNair MS. Click here for the agenda item as passed. Read about it in the Dunwoody Crier here.
Onward to the board meeting. Click here to download the agenda. Attend in person at the DCSS headquarters, watch it live on Comcast 24 or streamed online at this link. Add your input and reporting in the comments. See you at 6 PM.
|A. CALL TO ORDER
B. INSPIRATION & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
D. CITIZEN COMMENTS1- protesting cell towers at Margaret Harris (cited 3 board policies they are breaking)2- Redan HS (teacher? parent?) thanking the board... 3- 251 signatures on a petition against Margaret Harris cell tower (a group in red shirts stood in support) said her health is at risk - accused the board of making a deal4- Attorney - MH resident - against the cell tower (to maintain safe and healthy learning environments that support education) Cited Section 27-779 DeKalb zoning. Threatened to sue the board if they don't desist. 5- Spanish interpreter for Pleasantdale spoke for a Hispanic mother. Loves Pleasantdale ES. Good discipline. 6- Cedar Grove HS parent. Great job the principal is doing. Personal stories of her good experiences. Good discipline in the halls. 7- represents over 200 people - No Cell Tower at Briarlake. not happy to be there. Tired of telling the board over and over that the community does not want the tower. But the board insists the decision was already made and can't be changed. The money they are offering is an insult. 8- Another Margaret Harris resident against cell towers. Health issues - for children and the elderly. Sarah Copelin Wood spoke to him directly (but it was unintelligible). Are my taxes not enough to keep the schools going? Cell towers have nothing to do with education. Why would you vote to put a cell tower near my property? 9- Lived in DeKalb for 38 years. Just built a house near where a cell tower will be built. Read Dr Atkinson's words "committed to accountability at all levels) 10- South DeKalb initiative to provide space for 6th grade at Champion Middle Theme school (400 turned away each year). Theme environment is effective. This kind of education is not available at the home schools. Want similar to charter schools. 11- Briarlake resident anti-cell tower. Outraged at the way the board operates in the face of opposition. Citizens are seeking a meeting. Demand to know how you came to your decision. Health issues are a concern. Briarlake is host to hearing impaired. Cell tower radiation can cause interference. How can you disregard this? Demands transparency. Says they have been stonewalled. Demand to see the contract and any and all documentation. Yelled Shame on You! 12- Parent of three. One a freshman at Clarkston HS. Nurturing environment. Teachers spend extra time. International community (doesn't like the word refugee). Even complimented the janitors. Wants SPLOST IV money to 'trickle down to Clarkston'Called Ms Woods a 'pillar'13- Briarlake ES parent. PTA raised $250,000 for Promethean boards, playground equipment, etc. Cell phone radiation interferes with cochlear implants. Causes a buzzing noise according to the manufacturer. Also, the tower renders a large amount of space off limits in the future. 100 cell towers are already sited nearby. 14- Champion PTA president. Cited accomplishments including exceeding northern magnet schools. Need support and resources. Need technology. Wireless laptops. Need 14 more Promethean (only have 10) Need renovations. Other MSs got $2 million for renovations - Champion got zero. 15- (lost my feed) Something positive about Parent Centers (this is a parent) 16- Business community volunteer at McNair. Loves the parent centers. 17 - Proud parent at McNair18 - Allgood ES - made AYP for 9 years. Loves Allgood. 19-Jolly - they don't like cell towers either. DESA has wonderful things going on. Wants DESA to go k-8 and then DSA 9-12. In fact, all schools should be set up that way.
E. COMMITTEE REPORTS
F. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
G. SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT
H. ACTION ITEMS
I. OTHER\BOARD COMMENTS (2 minutes each)Speaks: Tucker Tigers have made it to state finals - playing Lovejoy this Friday at the GA Dome.Cunningham: Merry Xmas and HNYWalker: Reminds us again about Tucker's fantastic team - Grayson in Gwinnett also playing on SatEdler: PILOT program - Poetry Cafe Nov 13 6-9 PM (I think she meant DEC) Comm hours. Tupak Shakur institute is a great place to support. Artistic natured people needed like set designers, etcSCW: Express grateful to be there. Mr. Parks: New job, not easy, appreciate your indulgence. We're just trying to get info, nothing personal. Visit Cedar Grove. Viewed the track with Tyson (it's all fixed - happy about that). New administrators - we get info from you because we need to make prudent and wise decisions - bear with us, we're not experts like you. (Time expired - asked for more time and kept going without being given more time.) MLK Day Parade on Jan 16 at Stone Mt.