Walter Woods strikes again!
DeKalb School Watch and the DSW editors are signed up for K-12 Alerts, but did not receive an “alert” about this. Why pay for and advertise something like K-12 Alerts if it is not going to be used?
The information in quotes/italics, below, was provided by one of DSW’s readers. Because of the incredibly short time for comments, we are publishing this while trying to find out more information. Check back for updates. Meanwhile, please take a minute to look at this link: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/calendar/proposed.html
You must give your comments by this Thursday, April 12, 2012.
“The Board had already approved a calendar for our next school year, 2012-2013. But, Superintendent Atkinson had asked a new calendar be drawn up. Previously Atkinson’s comments were that our county should be on a “balanced” calendar. That is not what the committee has proposed here.
“These new proposed calendars have varying start dates and weeks off. Option A would shorten this summer to 9 weeks down from current at 11 weeks, with a start date of August 1st. Also, please note Atkinson is planning an early release each Wednesday by one hour. There are two other options, Option C is the same as the already Board-approved calendar.
“IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Spring Break in Option C is a full week earlier than other Atlanta Metro counties. So if this is the final calendar, it may cause a logistical nightmare for some parents — especially for those who teach in other metro counties or have children in pre-school or private school in other metro counties. Usually pre-school and private school calendars have Spring Break at the same time as the public schools in the county where the pre-schools/private schools are located. Option A and Option B calendars have Spring Break the same week as other counties.
“In addition to giving your feedback online, contact DeKalb County Schools at 678.676.1200 and let them know how you feel about this change, the one-hour early release on Wednesdays and Superintendent Atkinson’s apparent choice of starting point of transforming our schools. To my mind, there were SO MANY other places to start.”
DCSD Survey for 2012-2013 School Calendar
Per Dr. Atkinson’s request, the Division of Curriculum and Instruction convened a group of stakeholders to explore school calendar options for next year. The Calendar Committee includes parents, teachers, principals, district office staff, and community partners. Below is a link to the DCSD website that contains the three (3) proposed 2012-2013 school calendars for review and a link to the survey. The survey allows respondents to identify their stakeholder role, select their preferred calendar choice, and provide comments through Thursday, April 12, 2012.
Go to http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/calendar/proposed.html to obtain more information regarding the calendar options and to access the survey.
If we could afford to, we could just give up our paying jobs and work full-time informing the public about the goings-on at DeKalb County Schools. Oh, wait. Walter Woods is already paid to do that as his full-time job.