Important Meetings Tomorrow

As many people as possible — PLEASE – plan to attend these meetings:


The DeKalb Board of Education Committee on Budget, Audit, Finance & Facilities will hold a meeting on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 10:00am in the Cabinet Room in the Robert R. Freeman Administrative Center at the DeKalb County School System’s Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain. The purpose of the meeting is to review Board policies and system-wide operations as it relates to the budget.

Meeting information can be accessed online by going to:, click on Leadership, eBoard Home Page, then click on the date for the meeting agenda\information.


H. Paul Womack, Chair
Budget, Audit, Finance & Facilities Committee


A. Call to Order
By: Mr. H. Paul Womack, Jr., Committee Chair

B. Discussion Items
1. Natural Gas Option for Bus Fleet
Presented by: Mr. David Guillory, Executive Director, Transportation Department

2. Budget FY2013: Tax Assessor Update
Presented by: Ms. Susan M. Hurst, Interim Chief Financial Officer

3. Budget FY2013: Georgia Department of Education Update
Presented by: Ms. Susan M. Hurst, Chief Financial Officer

C. Citizen Comments

D. Adjourn


Then, they’ve scheduled another one right after to discuss SPLOST corrective action:


The DeKalb Board of Education will hold a called meeting at 11:00am, Thursday, March 8, 2012, in the J. David Williamson Board Room in the Robert R. Freeman Administrative Center at the DeKalb County School System’s Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial
Boulevard, Stone Mountain.

Information can be accessed online by going to:, click on Leadership, go to eBoard Home Page and click on the date for the meeting agenda\information.


Dr. Eugene P. ‘Gene’ Walker, Chair
DeKalb Board of Education


By: Dr. Eugene P. ‘Gene’ Walker, Chair



It is requested that the DeKalb Board of Education adjourn the March 8, 2012 called
meeting to a Committee of the Whole.

1. SPLOST II\SPLOST III Corrective Action Plan
Presented by: Dr. Cheryl L.H. Atkinson, Superintendent
& Mr. Daniel E. Drake, Director, Office of Planning & Forecasting

F. ANNOUNCEMENTS – (and additional meetings)
1. Schools Closed\Administrative Offices Open ~ Friday, March 9, 2012

2. DeKalb Board of Education Called Meeting (Committee of the Whole), 3:00pm,
Monday, March 12, 2012, J. David Williamson Board Room, Robert R. Freeman Administrative Center, Administrative & Instructional Complex,
1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

3. DeKalb Board of Education Business Meeting, 6:00pm, Monday, March 12, 2012, J. David Williamson Board Room, Robert R. Freeman Administrative Center,
Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard,
Stone Mountain

4. Tucker Parent Council Meeting, 7:00pm, Monday, March 12, 2012, Smoke Rise
Elementary School, 1991 Silver Hill Road, Stone Mountain

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25 Responses to Important Meetings Tomorrow

  1. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t the Tucker Parent Council meeting March 19th?

  2. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    This was copied & pasted from the DCSS Agenda … if it’s different let us know!

  3. I’ll be there to report on the meeting.

  4. bettyandveronica says:

    Emory Lavista Parent Council
    Join us at 9:15 am
    (refreshments begin at 8:45 am )
    Wednesday, March 21, 2012
    Druid Hills Middle School
    3100 Mt. Olive Dr.
    Decatur, GA 30033

    Who’s In Charge? It’s a New Day in DeKalb!

    Meet the New DCSS Senior Staff!

    Ms. Kendra March, Deputy Supt., School Leadership & Operations

    Dr. Kathy Howe, Deputy Supt., Curriculum & Instruction

    Mr. Stephen Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Facilities & Operations

    Mr. Gary Brantley, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology

    Mr. Walter Woods, Chief Communications Officer

    Mr. Ron Ramsey, Chief Legal Officer

    Dr. Tekshia Ward-Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer

    Ms. Susan Hurst, Interim Chief Financial Officer

    Ms. Ramona Tyson, Chief Strategy Officer

    Followed by:

    Final 2012 Meeting at Sagamore Hills:

    April 18th: Dr. Atkinson revisits

    The State of the System

  5. The Deal says:

    Did anyone make it to the DPLC meeting today? Pat Copeland was supposed to speak.

  6. Wonderful! Feel free to post your report in the comments or if it’s long and involved, email it to us at and we’ll make it into a post of its own. Thank you!

  7. justwatch says:

    I hope if someone was at the meetings this morning, they will post a summary. I did hear that Donna Edler asked valid questions and Walker was rude to her.

  8. Dr. Walker rude? Impossible. Though he was an accused sexual harasser, which the taxpayers of Georgia paid for him to get out of. I look forward to see what was discussed in the meetings.


    Tucker Parent Council Meeting, 7:00pm, Monday, March 19, 2012, (Corrected Date) Smoke Rise Elementary School, 1991 Silver Hill Road, Stone Mountain (This was formerly misprinted in the DCSS meeting announcments)

    Following a brief business meeting, our program for March focuses on parent and community volunteerism in the schools. As school resources become marginalized due to budget cuts, the need for parent involvement in the schools increases dramatically. It’s a known fact that schools and children benefit from the presence of parents participating in the education process. Even if parents can give only an hour a month to the school, there is a place where their talents can be utilized.

    Please plan to attend this meeting on the 19th. Your presence and encouragement are what help make our schools a better place for our children.

  10. GuruLikeDrucker says:

    Not a word on this from anyone? I looked over the agenda and noticed that there is a link to a schedule with the proposed cuts to offset the $41 million of misappropriated funds. Two things that stand out immedicately 1)$8.1 million reduction to the Chamblee new school project and 2) the budget for splost audit was DECREASED from $96k to $30k. Amazing! How is it that no news source has latched onto this mess?

  11. WHO will be at — or will watch via television or streaming — tonight’s BOE meeting and will report on it in this blog?

    A blow-by-blow report of tonight’s meeting would be appreciated!

    Remember, DeKalb School Watch blog depends on active volunteer involvement. If you want us to edit what you write, we are happy to do so. Otherwise, you can write up your report LIVE in DSW comments, throughout the meeting — or send a report to

  12. Hellooooo out there!

    This blog is a 100% volunteer activity. We all have full-time jobs. To keep this blog going, it is essential that volunteers step up to help us by covering as many meetings as possible.

    Hellloooooo … anyone available to help?

  13. momfromhe11 says:

    Currently listening to the discussion about the budget overage on charter schools. There are two issues here – some of the charters have been over-enrolled, and DCSD has under-budgeted for most of the schools – that is, enough money to meet the requirement of the enrollment cap WAS NOT PUT IN THE BUDGET!!

    I am getting pretty sick of the grandstanding here – Womack and Cunningham are not even addressing McChesney’s issue, which is how did we end up $4.8M in hole for charters. If it is mostly because of inadequate budgeting, how do we MAKE SURE it doesn’t ever happen again? Seems pretty damn straightforward!

  14. dekalbdoyenne says:

    Completely agree, Momfromhe11! Further, with reference to Destiny Academy, those students have had chance after chance after chance to receive a free public education. For whatever reason, they have chosen to not take advantage of this opportunity. Eventually there has to be an end. Taxpayers are generous in providing a free public education, but the question is — how many times do they have to provide it to the same students? Plus, a high school diploma gained in this manner does not necessarily equate to success in life. Students do have the option to get a GED on their own time and on their own dime.

  15. momfromhe11 says:

    Finance is not my field, so I am not really following Donna’s comment. I think I understood the exchange between Nancy and Drake(?). Is anyone getting this better than I? Can you help me out?

  16. momfromhe11 says:

    So, here we go again, finding that we don’t have the money, so (No Problem) we will just move it to SPLOST 4. Easy-peasy. And we PROMISE we won’t make the same “mistakes” we made on SPLOST 3 that got us into the mess. We PROMISE!

  17. dekalbdoyenne says:

    Edler is not all that articulate. I think she wants the interest payments apportioned among the projects. That’s the best I can conclude. I thought Edler was a CPA.

    I believe the “mistake” made on SPLOST 3 was building the Palace when it was not on the SPLOST list to begin with.

    BTW, it is SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax), not SPLOSH, Paul Womack! Maybe if the BOE knew what SPLOST stood for they would be somewhat more careful with the money. Although it was telling to hear the disdain in Jay Cunningham’s comments and in Paul Womack’s comments in response to Nancy Jester’s suggestion that there is a limit to how much taxpayers should be asked to pay to educate students who have been given the opportunity for a free public education time and time again.

  18. momfromhe11 says:

    Wow – did Walker just say he didn’t really care what everybody else has to say, he was calling the question?

  19. momfromhe11 says:

    His disdain for women is showing. The condescension in his voice is so clear when he speaks to them – not so with the men.

  20. momfromhe11 says:

    What I am hearing is that Dr. Atkinson has proposed that they see which projects, if any, can be moved to SPLOST 4. The motion is to give permission to move what can legally be moved to SPLOST 4, if anything can be, and see if that takes care of the shortfall What can be moved will have to be done very slowly, and they might possibly impact the schedule of the already planned SPLOST 4 projects. Also, they won’t be using bonds the way they did in SPLOST 3 – instead, they will use $11M budgeted for interest to go to paying for these projects.

    My question is will they make sure that all the SPLOST 4 projects can also be completed.

    (If nothing can be legally moved, they will come back to the Board and revisit the whole thing.)

    They passed the new position request with no discussion.

  21. dekalbmom says:

    The third to last entry on the 5 page list of items to be adjusted to balance the shortfall is a $20M entry for “Capital Improvement Team Compensation.” What is that? Surely we did not bonus public employees with tax money!

    I found it disturbing that Womack, Edler and Bowen all admitted that we would not have a shortfall if the BOE had not been high fiving each other a couple years ago when they thought the tax collections were exceeding budget and added $47 of additional projects to SPLOST III. If there was any extra money, it should have been used to complete all the high school projects that were the primary focus of that SPLOST funding. Perhaps the most equitable resolution is to not fund these additional projects that were never on the list presented to the citizens who voted on SPLOST III. I am leary about trying to move them into SPLOST IV.

    It is still inconceivable to me that the principal and interest payments on the 2007 bonds were never tracked on the Operations department budget.

    I was happy to see that Superintendent Atlkins wants to hire an outside forensic auditor to audit all the financial accounts. Guess she is worried about what might be lurking in the shadows.

  22. Anom says:

    There is no shortfall…just a precaution incase there is one>>>>HELLO ? When, if ever, are we going to see some instructional improvements? When if ever?

  23. dekalbmom says:

    That should be $47 million, not $47 in additional projects.

  24. dekalbmom says:

    Sorry, respectfully disagree. There is a shortfall in the budget because they cannot fund all the SPLOST III projects AND make the final principal and interest payments on the 2007 bonds. It sounds “nice” to say that all payments are current but that is not how a financial budget works. That is why they have to cut some projects, or default on the bond payments.

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