Monday, August 4 DeKalb School Board Meeting

The DeKalb Board of Education will hold the following meetings on Monday, August 4, 2014:

2:00pm Work Session & Committee of the Whole
Cabinet Room, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex
1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

5:45pm Community Input Session

7:00pm
Business Meeting

The meeting agendas can be accessed online by going to: www.dekalb.k12.ga.us, click on Leadership, go to eBoard Home Page and click on the date for the meeting agenda\information.

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Below is the Consent Agenda for Monday evening’s business meeting:

C. CONSENT AGENDA

1. Approval of Minutes
Presented by: Mr. Michael L. Thurmond, Superintendent

2. Approval of Monthly Financial Report (vendor spend, and monthly report)
Presented by: Dr. Michael J. Bell, Chief Financial Officer, Division of Finance

3. Approval of Monthly Human Resources Report
Presented by: Dr. Tekshia M. Ward-Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer, Division of Human Resources

4. Casenex Professional Development Extension Agreement
Presented by: Ms. Sandra Núñez, Director, ESOL & Gifted Programs, Division of Curriculum & Instruction

5. PATS/Human Resources Portal Annual Maintenance Renewal
Presented by: Mr. Gary L. Brantley, Chief Information Officer, Division of Information Technology

6. School Nutrition Services
Presented by: Mr. Joshua L. Williams, Interim Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

a. Bid #15-27 – Purchase of Large Equipment
b. RFP #15-457 – Administration Software & Support
c. Cintas Uniform Agreement

7. Business Services

Presented by: Mr. Joshua L. Williams, Interim Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

a. Bid 14-38 Custodial Supplies and Equipment Award Approval
b. Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) Purchase Approval
c. North Georgia Fuel Cooperative Bid BL044-14 Approval
d. Fleet Services Parts and Supply Contract (#SWC 90815) Extension Approval

8. Facilities

Presented by: Mr. Joshua L. Williams, Interim Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

a. Cross Keys High School Track Replacement Award Approval

9. SPLOST IV PROJECTS

Presented by: Mr. Joshua L. Williams, Interim Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

a. SPLOST IV Project: FY 2015 Bus Purchase Approval

10. Personnel Recommendation
Presented by: Mr. Michael L. Thurmond, Superintendent

11. Approval of Legal Firm
Presented by: Mr. Ronald B. Ramsey, Chief Legal Officer, Division of Legal Affairs

D. OTHER\BOARD COMMENTS (2 minutes each)

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IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT from “The PATCH”

The DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department will collect donated school supplies for DeKalb County elementary school students this week.

The initiative runs from Monday, July 28, to Monday, Aug. 4, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Donated items will be placed in backpacks and given to students.

Donors should drop off the school supplies at the nearest DeKalb County fire station, and locations can be found on the department’s website.

The campaign began as a partnership between the fire department, the DeKalb County Black Firefighters Association and the DeKalb County Professional Firefighters.

The fire department is requesting the following items:

- Backpack

- Elmer’s school glue

- Glue sticks

- Blunt safety tip scissors

- Number 2 pencils – NOT mechanical

- Highlighters

- Dry erase markers

- Washable markers

- Colored pencils

- Pencil pouch with zipper

- 24/32/48 count crayons

- Large erasers

- Ruler

- Wide ruled notebook paper

- Black and white composition books

- Construction paper

- Spiral notebook

- Index cards

- 1.5 inch binders with pockets

- 3 prong folders with pockets

- Hand sanitizer

- Anti-bacterial hand soap

- Box of Kleenex

- Paper towels

- Ziplock-type bags – sandwich/quart/gallon

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25 Responses to Monday, August 4 DeKalb School Board Meeting

  1. We are very happy to see that halfway through SPLOST IV Cross Keys will finally be granted a new track (as was supposed to be done in SPLOST II) !!!

    Note a couple of items >> Apparently Thurmond is going to make a personnel recommendation and then Ron Ramsey will announce the legal firm contract – wonder if John Evans will be happy…

    Also – speaking of legal – check out how much has been paid to Josie Alexander’s firm >>
    According to the vendor spend report:
    ALEXANDER & ASSOCIATES $905,308.30
    However, the list of invoices goes back to JUNE, 2013. Oddly … $209,664.91 was expensed back to last year’s budget. Hmmmm.

    In fact, this 584 page document shows A LOT of vendors invoices expensed back to last year. They neglected to add up the columns in total though – anyone care to try? We are curious how much of Thurmond’s ‘found’ $20 million + has now been eaten up in old bills paid late…. ?!

  2. Kim says:

    Be still my beating heart … better late than never. Now, about that auditorium that never was … :)

  3. So who was selected for the law firm?

  4. dekalb observer says:

    RE: the monthly Human Resources report for DCSD.

    Some interesting points. . . as the report states it is for August. But, if you look at all the
    names and dates they are all for the month of May and June. There are none in July.
    Guess it takes them a month or so to get their stuff together and on paper.
    Still seems as if there would be some cheap software or spread sheet that would collect the data,
    collate and separate and produce informative, accurate information.

    Oh well, as of this report, there were 290 resignations.
    Teachers were 182
    Others 108

    There are some interesting descriptive words this time.
    “Resig-Contract Not Accepted” and “Resig-Not Released”

    And, noteworthy were a couple of things.. . .as Noel Maloof left DeKalb to be principal
    of Decatur High School—as he lives in Decatur.

    Clarance Callaway–a Frankie Callaway legacy was Assistant Principal and is Resig–Not Released.

    Jeanette James- the Director of Public Safety–who had been there awhile retired.
    She was one of the few Caucasians remaining in a high level position.

    Tarasha Wilson, Principal of Cross Keys listed “Spouse Transferred” as her reason for leaving.
    (Although we know she is just moving over to Archer High School in Atlanta.) She must have
    put this reason to keep from paying the $750 get out of your contract fee. Although, just
    crossing over into the other part of the city into an adjoining system usually was not a valid excuse.

    And, finally, Stephen Wilkins, Chief Operating Officer resigned with Resig–Contract not Accepted.
    Didn’t realize he was not happy, or something or someone was not happy over on Montreal Road.
    Seems as if he just slipped out at the end of the month of June. Will have to check to see
    if this job has been posted–as this is a biggy.

    If you add these teachers to last month’s report (almost 500)–and when we find out how
    many more “left” in the month of July—it will be a substantial number.

  5. CALENDAR REMINDER:

    Here’s a look at key dates for the 2014-15 school year:

    Aug. 6: Open House – Elementary & middle school students

    Aug. 7: Open House: 9th graders and returning students

    Aug. 11: First day of school

    Sept. 1: Labor Day (system-wide holiday)

    Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving Break

    Dec. 24-Jan. 2: Winter Holiday

    Jan. 19: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (system-wide holiday)

    Feb. 16: Presidents’ Day (system-wide holiday)

    Apr. 6-8: Spring break

    May 22: Last day of school

  6. How about that… in checking their website, we found this interesting tidbit from APS:

    Report Address Fraud and Ethics Violations
    Report address fraud: 404-802-3540 or by email outofzone@atlanta.k12.ga.us

    Report ethics violations: 1-877-801-7754

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    Do we have a way to report out of zone students? Ethics violations? Is the DCSS ‘hotline’ still up and running? Anyone use it? If so, let us know how your experience was.

  7. dsw2contributor says:

    I took the 8/4/2014 HR report and sorted the resignations by reason. First are the employees who left without signing a contract for the 2014/2015 school year:

    Retirements: 31 [CONGRATULATIONS!]
    Contract Not Accepted: 18

    Next are the employees who (probably) signed a contract for the 2014/2015 year, but are now departing DCS under an acceptable reason:

    Spouse Transfer: 3
    Personal Reasons: 10
    Moving: 16
    Family Responsibilities: 14
    Another Position in Georgia: 25
    Another Position: 6
    Other: 4

    Finally are the employees who signed a contract for the 2014/2015 year, but are leaving for reasons that DCS does not view as acceptable:

    Resign, No Reason Stated: 5
    Resign, Not Released: 69

    Finally, an interesting comparison: More than three times as many employees resigned without being released (69) as employees that retired (31).

  8. DSW2Contributor says:

    Here’s the 8/4/2014 HR Report sorted by location (schools).

    This is only three columns — just the school, the job title, and the reason for leaving.

    This data shows several schools taking big hits. For example, Jolly Elementary lost five teachers and Stone Mill Elementary lost seven teachers and a para. Southwest Dekalb High lost three teachers, two of which were “not released” and the other was a “no stated reason”. MLK High lost seven teachers, 4 of which were “not released”, a 5th was “no stated reason” and a 6th declined to sign their contract.

    Tellingly, other DCS schools are retaining most of their educators. Dunwoody Elementary only lost a single teacher and that teacher took another job elsewhere in Georgia. Dunwoody High only lost its Principal (to a better district) and a single teacher.

    I intend to go back and add the data from the previous HR reports. I’m pretty confident that the monthly HR reports and the vacancies posted on PATS will show that DCS’s current crappy leadership is damaging DCS’s majority-black schools the most.

    0000-DeKalb County School District Custodian II 12 Month (High) Resig-Retiring
    011-Shadow Rock Center (GNETS) Teacher, LTSE Psycho Ed Resig-Spouse Transfer
    015-Margaret Harris Comprehensive Teacher Aide, Special Ed Resig-Personal Reasons
    022-Coralwood Diagnostic Center Teacher, Preschool Special Ed. Resig-Professional Improvement
    022-Coralwood Diagnostic Center Teacher, Kindergarten Resig-Not Released
    102-DeKalb Elem School of the Arts Teacher, Magnet Gr 4 Resig-Family Responsibilities
    102-DeKalb Elem School of the Arts Teacher, Magnet Gr 3 Resig-Family Responsibilities
    108-Allgood Elementary Teacher, P/T – Spanish Resig-Assignment Complete
    113-Ashford Park Elem Teacher, PreK Special Ed. Resig-Family Responsibilities
    113-Ashford Park Elem Custodian II Part-Time (ES) Resig-Assignment Complete
    118-Austin Elementary Paraprofessional-PreK Resig-Personal Reasons
    118-Austin Elementary Custodian II Part-Time (ES) Resig-Illness
    118-Austin Elementary Teacher, Interrelated Resig-Not Released
    120-Avondale Elementary Custodian II Part-Time (ES) Resig-Assignment Complete
    120-Avondale Elementary Teacher, P/T Math Resig-Assignment Complete
    132-Briarlake Elementary Assistant I, Food Service PT Resig-Assignment Complete
    132-Briarlake Elementary Teacher, Grade 5 Resig-Another Position
    132-Briarlake Elementary Teacher, Interrelated Resig-No Reason Stated
    132-Briarlake Elementary Teacher, Grade 5 Resig-Not Released
    133-Briar Vista Elementary Media Specialist (ES) Resig-Spouse Transfer
    133-Briar Vista Elementary Teacher, P/T – Music (Elem.) Resig-Assignment Complete
    136-Brockett Elementary Teacher, Grade 4 Res-Another Position in GA System
    138-Browns Mill Elem Assistant I, Food Service PT Resig-Assignment Complete
    145-Canby Lane Elem Teacher, Grade 2 Resig-Not Released
    145-Canby Lane Elem Teacher, MID/MOID Res-Another Position in GA System
    147-Chapel Hill Elem Teacher, Kindergarten Resig-Personal Reasons
    152-Chesnut Elementary Custodian II Part-Time (ES) Resig-Assignment Complete
    154-Clifton Elementary Custodian II Part-Time (ES) Resig-Assignment Complete
    156-Columbia Elementary Custodian II Part-Time (ES) Resig-Assignment Complete
    156-Columbia Elementary Social Worker I 10 Mth 735 Resig-Not Released
    156-Columbia Elementary Para, Spec Ed Resig-Retiring
    176-Dresden Elementary Teacher, Grade 4 Resig-Family Responsibilities
    176-Dresden Elementary Teacher, ESOL Resig-Another Position
    178-Dunaire Elementary Principal, Elem School Resig-Retiring
    178-Dunaire Elementary Counselor I PT Resig-Assignment Complete
    180-Dunwoody Elementary School Teacher, Kindergarten Res-Another Position in GA System
    185-Evansdale Elementary Custodian II Part-Time (ES) Resig-Assignment Complete
    185-Evansdale Elementary Principal, Elem School Resig-Assignment Complete
    185-Evansdale Elementary Teacher, Interrelated Resig-Not Released
    186-Flat Rock Elementary School Paraprofessional-Interrelated Resig-Deceased
    186-Flat Rock Elementary School Teacher, Grade 3 Resig-Not Released
    187-Fairington Elem Teacher, ESOL (part-time) Resig-Assignment Complete
    187-Fairington Elem Counselor I PT Resig-Assignment Complete
    195-Flat Shoals Elementary Counselor I PT Resig-Assignment Complete
    195-Flat Shoals Elementary Teacher, PreK Special Ed. Resig-Certification Problems
    212-Hambrick Elementary Teacher, Interrelated Resig-Contract not Accepted
    213-Hawthorne Elementary Custodian II Part-Time (ES) Resig-Assignment Complete
    213-Hawthorne Elementary Teacher, Grade 2 Res-Another Position in GA System
    218-Hightower Elementary School Teacher, Grade 4 Resig-Moving
    225-Idlewood Elementary Custodian II Part-Time (ES) Resig-Professional Improvement
    230-Indian Creek Elem Teacher, ESOL Resig-Not Released
    232-Jolly Elementary Teacher, Grade 3 Resig-Assignment Complete
    232-Jolly Elementary Teacher, Grade 3 Resig-Contract not Accepted
    232-Jolly Elementary Teacher, Grade 5 Resig-Not Released
    232-Jolly Elementary Teacher, Grade 5 Resig-Contract not Accepted
    232-Jolly Elementary Teacher, Title I Elem School Resig-No Reason Stated
    235-Kelley Lake Elementary Teacher, Title I Elem PT Resig-Assignment Complete
    235-Kelley Lake Elementary Teacher, Title I Elem PT Resig-Assignment Complete
    235-Kelley Lake Elementary Custodian II Part-Time (ES) Resig-Assignment Complete
    236-Kingsley Elementary School Healthcare Worker Resig-Moving
    240-Knollwood Elementary Assistant Principal (ES) Resig-Not Released
    240-Knollwood Elementary Teacher, Title I Elem PT Resig-Assignment Complete
    250-Laurel Ridge Elementary Custodian II 12 Month (Elem) Resig-Personal Reasons
    257-Eldridge Miller Elementary Teacher, Music-General Resig-Professional Improvement
    260-McLendon Elementary Counselor I PT Resig-Assignment Complete
    261-Marbut Elementary Teacher, Grade 3 Resig-Contract not Accepted
    261-Marbut Elementary Teacher, Spanish Resig-Not Released
    261-Marbut Elementary Media Specialist (ES) Resig-Illness
    261-Marbut Elementary Teacher, Grade 4 Resig-Moving
    270-Midvale Elementary Teacher, MID/MOID Resig-Retiring
    270-Midvale Elementary Teacher, S/PID Resig-Contract not Accepted
    275-Midway Elementary Teacher, Grade 2 Resig-Moving
    275-Midway Elementary Secretary, ES Resig-Retiring
    278-Montclair Elementary Teacher, Grade 2 Resig-Not Released
    278-Montclair Elementary Teacher, Grade 2 Resig-Not Released
    278-Montclair Elementary Teacher, Grade 5 Resig-Not Released
    284-Montgomery Elementary Teacher, Grade 4 Resig-Family Responsibilities
    284-Montgomery Elementary Teacher, Grade 2 Resig-Family Responsibilities
    300-Oakcliff Elementary Custodian II 12 Month (Elem) Resig-Personal Reasons
    300-Oakcliff Elementary Teacher, Grade 5 Resig-Moving
    306-Oak View Elementary Teacher, Grade 3 Res-Another Position in GA System
    306-Oak View Elementary Teacher, Interrelated Resig-Family Responsibilities
    306-Oak View Elementary Teacher, Grade 2 Resig-Moving
    306-Oak View Elementary Teacher, Interrelated Resig-Not Released
    309-Panola Way Elementary Custodian II 12 Month (Elem) Resig-Professional Improvement
    309-Panola Way Elementary Teacher, Kindergarten Resig-Not Released
    312-Pine Ridge Elementary Teacher, Lottery Fund PreK NC Resig-Moving
    315-Pleasantdale Elementary Teacher, PT Title I Math Resig-Assignment Complete
    315-Pleasantdale Elementary Tutor, Student Success Resig-Assignment Complete
    315-Pleasantdale Elementary Teacher, ESOL Resig-Not Released
    320-Redan Elementary Teacher, ESOL (part-time) Resig-Assignment Complete
    320-Redan Elementary Teacher, Interrelated Resig-Retiring
    320-Redan Elementary Secretary, ES Res-Another Position in GA System
    320-Redan Elementary Teacher, Interrelated Resig-Contract not Accepted
    325-Cary Reynolds Elementary Secretary, 12 Month Resig-Retiring
    325-Cary Reynolds Elementary Teacher, Grade 3 Resig-Not Released
    325-Cary Reynolds Elementary Teacher, Kindergarten Resig-Not Released
    332-Rainbow Elementary Teacher, Interrelated Res-Another Position in GA System
    332-Rainbow Elementary Teacher, Health and Phys. Ed. Resig-Not Released
    332-Rainbow Elementary Liaison, Community Outreach PT Resig-Assignment Complete
    332-Rainbow Elementary Para, Special Ed Resig-Retiring
    332-Rainbow Elementary Teacher, P/T – Spanish Resig-Assignment Complete
    332-Rainbow Elementary Custodian II Part-Time (ES) Resig-Assignment Complete
    340-Rock Chapel Elementary Custodian II Part-Time (ES) Resig-Assignment Complete
    340-Rock Chapel Elementary Teacher, Grade 5 Resig-Contract not Accepted
    340-Rock Chapel Elementary Teacher, Grade 3 Resig-Family Responsibilities
    345-Princeton Elementary School Teacher, Grade 4 Resig-No Reason Stated
    348-Rowland Elementary Teacher, PreK Special Ed. Resig-Not Released
    348-Rowland Elementary Teacher, Title I Elem School Resig-Contract not Accepted
    350-Sagamore Hills Elementary Teacher, Interrelated Res-Another Position in GA System
    350-Sagamore Hills Elementary Teacher, Grade 5 Resig-Leaving Teaching Prof
    362-Shadow Rock Elementary Teacher, Grade 3 Resig-Moving
    370-Robert Shaw Theme Teacher, ESOL (part-time) Resig-Assignment Complete
    415-Stone Mill Elementary Teacher, Kindergarten Resig-Moving
    415-Stone Mill Elementary Teacher, Grade 1 Resig-Not Released
    415-Stone Mill Elementary Para, Special Ed Res-Another Position in GA System
    415-Stone Mill Elementary Teacher, Health and Phys. Ed. Resig-Not Released
    415-Stone Mill Elementary Teacher, Interrelated Resig-Not Released
    415-Stone Mill Elementary Teacher, Grade 5 Resig-Not Released
    415-Stone Mill Elementary Teacher, Interrelated Resig-Maternity
    415-Stone Mill Elementary Teacher, Grade 4 Resig-Retiring
    420-Stone Mtn Elementary Teacher, Grade 5 Resig-Not Released
    420-Stone Mtn Elementary Teacher, Grade 3 Resig-Not Released
    420-Stone Mtn Elementary Tutor, Student Success Resig-Assignment Complete
    420-Stone Mtn Elementary Assistant I, Food Service PT Resig-Assignment Complete
    425-Stoneview Elementary Teacher, Spanish Resig-Personal Reasons
    425-Stoneview Elementary Teacher, Kindergarten Res-Another Position in GA System
    425-Stoneview Elementary Teacher, Grade 3 Resig-Not Released
    465-Toney Elementary Teacher, Grade 3 Res-Another Position in GA System
    465-Toney Elementary Teacher, Title I Reading PT Resig-Assignment Complete
    484-Vanderlyn Elementary Assistant Principal (ES) Res-Another Position in GA System
    484-Vanderlyn Elementary Teacher, Grade 3 Resig-Maternity
    496-Woodward Elementary Teacher, Grade 1 Resig-Personal Reasons
    496-Woodward Elementary Paraprofessional-Interrelated Resig-Retiring
    496-Woodward Elementary Teacher, Grade 1 Resig-Not Released
    498-Wynbrooke Elementary Assistant Principal (ES) Resig-Not Released
    503-Arabia Mountain High School Teacher, English – HS Resig-Not Released
    503-Arabia Mountain High School Teacher, English – HS Resig-Not Released
    503-Arabia Mountain High School Teacher, English – HS Resig-Moving
    503-Arabia Mountain High School Teacher, Mathematics – HS Resig-Contract not Accepted
    518-Cedar Grove Middle Teacher, English Middle School Resig-Not Released
    519-Cedar Grove High ROTC, Navy Officer HS Resig-Contract not Accepted
    519-Cedar Grove High Teacher, Social Studies – HS Resig-Retiring
    519-Cedar Grove High Secretary /Data Clerk TitleI Resig-Assignment Complete
    519-Cedar Grove High Custodian II Part-Time (HS) Resig-Assignment Complete
    521-Chamblee Middle Teacher, English Middle School Resig-Retiring
    521-Chamblee Middle Teacher, Social Studies (MS) Resig-Family Responsibilities
    522-Chamblee High Teacher, Mathematics – HS Res-Another Position in GA System
    522-Chamblee High Custodian II Part-Time (HS) Resig-Assignment Complete
    523-Chapel Hill Middle Teacher, Health and P.E. MS Resig-Moving
    523-Chapel Hill Middle Teacher, Health and P.E. MS Res-Another Position in GA System
    524-Freedom Middle School Teacher, French Middle Sch. Res-Another Position in GA System
    524-Freedom Middle School Teacher, Social Studies (MS) Res-Another Position in GA System
    524-Freedom Middle School Teacher, ELL RT3 (209201) Resig-Not Released
    524-Freedom Middle School Teacher, English Middle School Resig-Not Released
    525-Clarkston High ROTC, Air Force Enlisted HS Resig-Retiring
    525-Clarkston High Coach, Academic Data RT3/209 Resig-Not Released
    525-Clarkston High Teacher, Title I P/T ELA – HS Resig-Assignment Complete
    525-Clarkston High Teacher, PT Title 1 Math Resig-Assignment Complete
    525-Clarkston High Teacher, PT-Title I Science Resig-Assignment Complete
    525-Clarkston High Teacher, Title I P/T ELA – HS Resig-Assignment Complete
    525-Clarkston High Teacher,Title I-P/T Social Stu Resig-Assignment Complete
    525-Clarkston High Custodian II Part-Time (HS) Resig-Assignment Complete
    525-Clarkston High Teacher,Title I-P/T Social Stu Resig-Assignment Complete
    525-Clarkston High Teacher, P/T – Reading Spec’st Resig-Assignment Complete
    526-Columbia Middle School Teacher, Social Studies (MS) Resig-Not Released
    526-Columbia Middle School Teacher, Speech Lang Path NP Resig-Not Released
    526-Columbia Middle School Teacher, English Middle School Resig-Not Released
    526-Columbia Middle School Assistant Principal (MS) Resig-Assignment Complete
    526-Columbia Middle School Teacher, Science (MS) Resig-Not Released
    527-Columbia High Coach, Lay Resig-Assignment Complete
    527-Columbia High Coach, Lay Resig-Assignment Complete
    527-Columbia High Teacher, Family & Consumer HS Resig-Not Released
    527-Columbia High Coach, Lay Resig-Assignment Complete
    527-Columbia High Coach, Lay Resig-Assignment Complete
    527-Columbia High Coach, Lay Resig-Assignment Complete
    527-Columbia High Teacher, Mathematics – HS Resig-Not Released
    527-Columbia High Coach, Lay Resig-Assignment Complete
    527-Columbia High Teacher, Social Studies – HS Resig-Not Released
    529-Cross Keys High Counselor I Resig-Not Released
    529-Cross Keys High Teacher, Music-Band High Sch Resig-Professional Improvement
    529-Cross Keys High Principal, High School Resig-Spouse Transfer
    533-Druid Hills High Counselor II High School Resig-Not Released
    533-Druid Hills High Teacher, Interrelated Res-Another Position in GA System
    535-Dunwoody High Teacher, English – HS Resig-Not Released
    535-Dunwoody High Principal, High School Resig-Contract not Accepted
    544-McNair Middle Coach, Academic Data RT3/209 Resig-Another Position
    544-McNair Middle Teacher, Music-Band Middle Resig-Not Released
    544-McNair Middle Teacher, Spanish Middle Sch. Resig-Not Released
    546-DeKalb Alternative School Custodian II 12 Month (High) Resig-Retiring
    549-Henderson Middle Teacher, Interrelated Res-Another Position in GA System
    549-Henderson Middle Assistant Principal (MS) Resig-Retiring
    555-Lakeside High Teacher, Art High School Res-Another Position in GA System
    555-Lakeside High Teacher, Interrelated Resig-Moving
    555-Lakeside High Teacher, Interrelated Resig-Moving
    555-Lakeside High Teacher, P/T German HS Resig-Assignment Complete
    555-Lakeside High Teacher, SLP PT Resig-Assignment Complete
    555-Lakeside High Teacher, PT – FCS Resig-Assignment Complete
    555-Lakeside High ROTC, Air Force Officer Resig-Retiring
    557-Lithonia High Custodian II 12 Month (High) Resig-Retiring
    558-Lithonia Middle School Teacher, Interrelated Res-Another Position in GA System
    558-Lithonia Middle School Bookkeeper, 12 Month Resig-Moving
    558-Lithonia Middle School Assistant I, Food Service PT Resig-Assignment Complete
    558-Lithonia Middle School Custodian II 12 Month (Middle) Resig-Financial Reasons
    558-Lithonia Middle School Manager, School Nutrition Resig-Retiring
    564-Miller Grove High Teacher, Biology High School Resig-Not Released
    564-Miller Grove High Teacher, Mathematics – HS Resig-Contract not Accepted
    564-Miller Grove High Assistant I, Food Service PT Resig-Assignment Complete
    564-Miller Grove High Media Specialist (HS) Resig-Deceased
    564-Miller Grove High Teacher, P/T Social Studies HS Resig-Assignment Complete
    566-Redan Middle Teacher, English Middle School Resig-Other
    567-Redan High Teacher, English – HS Resig-Other
    567-Redan High Custodian II 12 Month (High) Resig-Retiring
    568-Miller Grove Middle Teacher, Social Studies (MS) Resig-Leaving Teaching Prof
    569-Salem Middle Teacher, French Middle Sch. Resig-Retiring
    569-Salem Middle Assistant I, Food Service Resig-Retiring
    570-Sequoyah Middle Teacher, Math (MS) Resig-Family Responsibilities
    570-Sequoyah Middle Custodian II Part-Time (MS) Resig-Assignment Complete
    570-Sequoyah Middle Custodian, Head Resig-Retiring
    570-Sequoyah Middle Teacher, Interrelated Resig-Not Released
    573-Druid Hills Middle Teacher, English Middle School Resig-Not Released
    573-Druid Hills Middle Assistant Principal (MS) Res-Another Position in GA System
    573-Druid Hills Middle Counselor II Middle School Resig-Retiring
    574-Martin Luther King, Jr. H.S. Teacher, Social Studies – HS Resig-Not Released
    574-Martin Luther King, Jr. H.S. Teacher, Art High School Resig-Not Released
    574-Martin Luther King, Jr. H.S. Teacher, Biology High School Resig-Personal Reasons
    574-Martin Luther King, Jr. H.S. Teacher, Mathematics – HS Resig-Contract not Accepted
    574-Martin Luther King, Jr. H.S. Teacher, Spanish High School Resig-Not Released
    574-Martin Luther King, Jr. H.S. Teacher, Mathematics – HS Resig-Family Responsibilities
    574-Martin Luther King, Jr. H.S. Teacher, Mathematics – HS Resig-Not Released
    576-Southwest DeKalb High School Teacher, Mathematics – HS Resig-No Reason Stated
    576-Southwest DeKalb High School Assistant Principal (HS) Resig-Assignment Complete
    576-Southwest DeKalb High School Teacher, English – HS Resig-Not Released
    576-Southwest DeKalb High School Custodian I, 10 month (HS) Resig-Assignment Complete
    576-Southwest DeKalb High School Teacher, Interrelated Resig-Not Released
    578-Stephenson High Assistant Principal (HS) Resig-Retiring
    578-Stephenson High Teacher, Interrelated Resig-Not Released
    578-Stephenson High ROTC, Navy Officer HS Res-Another Position in GA System
    578-Stephenson High Teacher, Mathematics – HS Resig-Contract not Accepted
    578-Stephenson High Assistant Principal (HS) Resig-Assignment Complete
    579-Stephenson Middle Assistant Principal (MS) Resig-Assignment Complete
    579-Stephenson Middle Teacher, Math (MS) Res-Another Position in GA System
    579-Stephenson Middle Teacher, Spanish Middle Sch. Resig-Contract not Accepted
    579-Stephenson Middle Teacher, Social Studies (MS) Resig-Another Position
    579-Stephenson Middle Teacher, English Middle School Resig-Illness
    581-Stone Mountain Middle School Teacher, Science (MS) Resig-Professional Improvement
    581-Stone Mountain Middle School Teacher, Math (MS) Resig-Not Released
    581-Stone Mountain Middle School Custodian II Part-Time (MS) Resig-Another Position
    584-M.M. Bethune Middle Custodian II Part-Time (MS) Resig-Assignment Complete
    584-M.M. Bethune Middle Teacher, Social Studies (MS) Resig-Not Released
    584-M.M. Bethune Middle Teacher, Science (MS) Resig-Not Released
    585-Towers High Assistant I, Food Service Resig-Family Responsibilities
    585-Towers High Teacher, T1 Fast Track Scholar Resig-Contract not Accepted
    585-Towers High Teacher, English – HS Resig-Not Released
    592-Tucker Middle School Teacher, English Middle School Resig-Family Responsibilities
    592-Tucker Middle School Teacher, Health and P.E. MS Resig-Not Released
    592-Tucker Middle School Teacher, English Middle School Resig-Not Released
    592-Tucker Middle School Counselor PT Resig-Assignment Complete
    592-Tucker Middle School Assistant Principal (MS) Resig-Assignment Complete
    593-Tucker High Teacher, English – HS Res-Another Position in GA System
    593-Tucker High Teacher, Art High School Resig-Not Released
    593-Tucker High Teacher, Interrelated Resig-Moving
    593-Tucker High Teacher, Health and Phys. HS Resig-Not Released
    595-McNair High Teacher, Interrelated Resig-Professional Improvement
    595-McNair High Teacher, Mathematics – HS Resig-Contract not Accepted
    595-McNair High Teacher, Business Ed-Comp. HS Resig-Moving
    595-McNair High Teacher, Social Studies – HS Resig-Not Released
    595-McNair High Teacher, English – HS Resig-Not Released
    621-Elizabeth Andrews High School Teacher, Mathematics – HS Resig-Not Released
    621-Elizabeth Andrews High School Teacher, Business Ed-Comp. HS Resig-Retiring
    701-Student Assignment Assoc, Accounting I- Title II Resig-Retiring
    702-Sch Leader/Op Support Director, Public Safety Resig-Retiring
    710-Transportation Clerk, Transportation PT Resig-Assignment Complete
    712-Bus Drivers Bus Driver Resig-Other
    712-Bus Drivers Bus Driver, Sub Resig-No Reason Stated
    712-Bus Drivers Bus Driver Resig-Family Responsibilities
    712-Bus Drivers Bus Driver Resig-Retiring
    712-Bus Drivers Bus Driver Resig-Personal Reasons
    712-Bus Drivers Bus Driver Resig-Retiring
    716-International Student Center Custodian II 12 Month (High) Resig-Personal Reasons
    734-Diverse Learner Services Secretary, 12 month Resig-Retiring
    752-Operations Coordinator, School Nutrition Resig-Assignment Complete
    752-Operations Chief Operations Officer Resig-Contract not Accepted
    752-Operations Supervisor III, Skl Trd HVAC Resig-Retiring
    756-Safe Schools Assistant Principal (ES) Resig-Assignment Complete
    759-Federal Programs Instructor, P/T FLEX Learning Resig-Assignment Complete
    759-Federal Programs Tutor, Title I-P/T Priv Schl Resig-Assignment Complete
    760-Info Sys-District Technician I, Information Tech Res-Another Position in GA System
    780-Department of Communications Admin. Asst., Communications Resig-Another Position
    820-F/S Central Account Assistant, Food Service Sub Resig-Other

  9. DCSC FOR DUMMIES says:

    Several of my friends have stated that the district gave them a hard time when they transferred to other districts. While discipline was a major factor, the $$$ was the biggest issue. They can’t continue to pay pennies and expect teachers to stay. The damage has already been done to our students. Even if they hire another superintendent for the 2015-16 school year, it will be too late.

  10. DSW2Contributor says:

    Closely examining the HR report will allow you to predict problems that will be “breaking news” in the next three or four weeks.

    For example, Arabia Mountain High lost a Math teacher (Contract not Accepted) and three English teachers (1 moving, 2 not released). With that many English teachers leaving, I would expect Arabia to have overcrowded English classes and/or students who are not able to enroll in their required English classes.

  11. Thanks for doing this research, DSW2Contributor.

  12. FormerDekalbTeacher says:

    Chamblee Charter High had an unusually high number resign. I know of 2 math teachers, 3 English, the head counselor(retired) and 1 social studies. Almost all of them were coaches.

  13. Dekalbparent says:

    Does “resigned-not released” mean the teacher opted to pay the penalty to leave Dekalb?

    And if so, does that mean teachers paid a total of $46,575 (69 x $675) to be released from the district?

    Where does that money go? Could it pay for a full forensic audit?

  14. Announcement:

    The DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department will collect donated school supplies for DeKalb County elementary school students this week.

    The initiative runs from Monday, July 28, to Monday, Aug. 4, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Donated items will be placed in backpacks and given to students.

    Donors should drop off the school supplies at the nearest DeKalb County fire station, and locations can be found on the department’s website.

    The campaign began as a partnership between the fire department, the DeKalb County Black Firefighters Association and the DeKalb County Professional Firefighters.

    The fire department is requesting the following items:

    • Backpack

    • Elmer’s school glue

    • Glue sticks

    • Blunt safety tip scissors

    • Number 2 pencils – NOT mechanical

    • Highlighters

    • Dry erase markers

    • Washable markers

    • Colored pencils

    • Pencil pouch with zipper

    • 24/32/48 count crayons

    • Large erasers

    • Ruler

    • Wide ruled notebook paper

    • Black and white composition books

    • Construction paper

    • Spiral notebook

    • Index cards

    • 1.5 inch binders with pockets

    • 3 prong folders with pockets

    • Hand sanitizer

    • Anti-bacterial hand soap

    • Box of Kleenex

    • Paper towels

    • Ziplock-type bags – sandwich/quart/gallon

  15. dsw2contributor says:

    Dekalbparent asked “Does ‘resigned-not released’ mean the teacher opted to pay the penalty to leave Dekalb?”

    Sort of. The ‘resigned-not-released’ teachers are the ones that HR claimed that they would fine $750. However, teachers I know claim that HR had no clue about how to actually assess that $750 fine. HR could not answer the most basic, straightforward written requests like “I am resigning, so per your memo and comments to the media, I owe you a $750 fine — to whom do I submit payment?”

    I suspect the “$750 fine” was a bluff; I don’t think HR thought they would ever have to collect it from anyone.

  16. anothercomment says:

    They could never collect the $750 liquidated damages. In order to have a liquid damages clause, you must have a bonus clause. Otherwise, it won’t hold up in court. That is basic contract law.

    For example, I can write a contract for a contractor saying he has 60 days to renovate my kitchen. If I write a penalty clause of saying he will owe $1000 a day for liquidated damages for every day late. I have to show either that I am offering a bonus clause for $1,000 per day for every day you are early. Or alternatively, I must be able to show that the penalty is actualy damages that are suffered.

    So were did they get the $750 figure from? They pulled it out of the air most likely. What is the difference to hire 69 more people when you are hiring 500-600 a year?

  17. Frustrated says:

    dunnwoody Elementary lost a lot of teachers 8 and 3paras. Both AP’s transferred 1 having been at the school for a year to title one schools. Someone trying to make a point.

  18. kirklunde says:

    For anyone who wants to look up an agenda item, here is the link for the business meeting. https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/ViewMeetingOrder.aspx?S=4054&MID=36254

    The Cross Keys track replacement is NOT part of SPLOST IV. It is being charged to Facilities Management. “The total budget for the track replacement at Cross Keys High School project will be charged to cost code 101.57.61.32.000101.752.0000″ Interestingly, the BOE is being asked to approve $419K, but the line in the budget only has $329K allocated. This can be found at the bottom of page 165 of the budget detail. https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dekalb.k12.ga.us%2Fwww%2Fdocuments%2Fbudget%2Ffy-approved-detail-budget-(2015).pdf

    The law firm selected is Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. Their website says they are based in Columbia, SC and have offices in Atlanta.

    I predict the personnel matter will be approval of the replacement for COO Wilkins. Just guessing.

  19. Thanks Kirk — We found this at the Nelson Mullins website:

    Nelson Mullins Diversity Initiatives

  20. anothercomment says:

    More important, they finally got it right, they are the law firm that Glenn Brock has gone to from the little Marietta Law Firm. That is what makes this firm qualified.

  21. Read Ty Tagami’s latest article regarding the legal fees and money spent on lawyers over the past decade. It’s the thing that nearly broke the school system’s back. The original DSW blog hammered on the amount of money spent on lawyers and in fact, Cerebration was served a subpoena by King & Spalding for speaking out about the testimony given showing blatant fraud by Pat Pope and Crawford Lewis as well as the insane amount of money going to K&S for their involvement in the civil case. Kim Gokce and Cerebration wrote often about the hidden costs of legal fees and the fact that they were draining school resources. Retaining two law firms due to imagined ‘racial’ requirements was decried by all on the blogs. Nancy Jester got on the band wagon and demanded line item budgets showing what was being spent on legal fees as well as utilities. These citizens were mocked and bullied for their actions. Nancy was eventually replaced on the school board by the Governor – by a man whose wife has close connections to the Governor.

    This new article at least vindicates those who complained about legal spending so many years ago, and were shut down.

    DeKalb school officials admit overspending millions on lawyers

    Over the decade that ended in 2012, the DeKalb County School District spent nearly $32 million more than it budgeted for legal fees, routinely overshooting — or underestimating — the planned expenditures for lawyers and forcing some of the harshest cutbacks in metro Atlanta when reckoning day arrived.

    The spending led to an unprecedented, and illegal, deficit of about $15 million in 2012. That led to layoffs as a historic recession undermined tax revenue. High legal costs drew the attention of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which placed the district on probation in 2012, alleging myriad governance problems, including legal fees that were diverting resources from the classroom.

    This is the first comprehensive assessment of the legal costs and their effect on the district’s bottom line.

    Most importantly, Ty adds this quote to his article,

    Superintendent Michael Thurmond, who tasked Bell with uncovering what happened, called the spending a “breathtaking” failure in oversight.

    Truly, Thurmond — THIS INCLUDES RAMONA TYSON!

    Find a way to access the article, or buy a paper.

  22. Not so casual observer says:

    Noticed David Guillory is back as Director of Transportation. (Frances Edwards’
    son-in-law and Phinaldrea’s husband.) Guess his salary is back up, too.

    Also, noticed that Josh Williams was promoted for the Chief Operations position.
    So much for a search. At least we didn’t waste $30,000 on a pretend search firm!

  23. No sane person who was actually qualified who apply for that Operations Chief position. The best you could get would be someone who had a 30 year pension which brought them the security of knowing they could walk away the next minute. They could be ethically above board and say, I am not going to do that. Then when threatened with their job if they don’t do the bidding of corrupt bosses they can walk away. Ussually, those corrupt want someone as corrupt as them, easily corrupt able, or dependent upon the job ( sole bread winner with lots of kids and financial obligations the C student, not the leader of the pact.).

  24. Not so casual observer says:

    The new county-mandated sign-in and sign-out procedures for teachers are onerous. The county has always treated (correctly) teachers as exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This means there is no need to pay overtime. The county’s teacher handbook confirms this status.

    Now, the county is threatening to dock teachers’ pay for failing to sign in or out, or for leaving school during the day. This is not permitted under the FLSA for exempt salaried employees. With all of the money spent on lawyers by DeKalb County, you would assume they would run things like this past their labor and employment counsel, but apparently they think they know the law best. Since FLSA plaintiffs’ lawyers can recoup their fees from the County, and since such a lawsuit would be a slam dunk win, this will be more money out of our schools and our pockets if they continue on this path.

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