Are we ‘cutting off our noses to spite our faces’?

Today at 12:30, the board will be asked to “RIF” even more employees – including an additional 250 teachers. Atkinson has already admitted to reducing nearly 600 teachers through ‘attrition’ – so looks like we will be losing close to 850 teachers – as well as 120 more parapros — even though the public statement is ‘we have not cut teachers’.

Item D.1 on the agenda of the School Board’s Called Meeting for today (7/11/2012) at 12:30 PM:

Requested Action

Pursuant to Board of Education Policy GBKA (Personnel Lay-Off), it is requested that the Board of Education approve a Reduction in Force Plan to not exceed 120 paraprofessional positions and 250 teacher positions as a result of the FY2013 approved Budget. This action is necessary due to a 2 student increase in class sizes and the restructuring of the Pre-Kindergarten program.

This is in addition to the cuts below approved at the last meeting:

  • The property taxes in DeKalb county were raised by one full millage point.
  • All employees are subject to 2 more furlough days on top of the already scheduled furlough days.
  • 70 more people in the central office will lose their job
  • Pre-k programs will be reduced to only what the state funds provide
  • 52 magnet teachers will lose their magnet job
  • 28 Montessori teachers will lose their magnet job
  • Transportation to special programs: DECA, magnet, themes AMS and STT remains unchanged
  • Transportation for field trips will be cut by $1.6 million
  • Additional transportation (efficiency plan) will be cut $700,000
  • 200 general ed parapros will lose their jobs
  • 25 media specialists will lose their jobs
  • 29 (all remaining) media clerks will lose their jobs
  • 10 SROs will lose their jobs
  • Overtime pay for extra activities will be reduced by $5 million
  • Fernbank will have to cut $1.9 million from its programs budget
  • 10 Asst Principals lost through attrition will not be replaced
  • 10 counselors lost through attrition will not be replaced
  • 20 interpreters will lose their jobs
  • The summer work schedule is reduced to 4 – 10 hour days
  • Employees will have to subsidize health insurance by an additional $35.57/month
  • Employees will have to subsidize dental insurance by an additional $16.02/month
  • Regular Ed Class sizes will increase by 2
  • Special Ed Class sizes will increase by 2

Below is the original Excel spreadsheet with all of the columns expanded.

The REAL Proposed Budget Cuts FY 2013 (EXPANDED)

Also, we are unable to get a true handle on exactly how many central office staff have been cut. Many of the magnet teachers and maintenance workers were considered CO staff, and were moved out from under the CO budget into other budgets. We cannot tell if the administration has performed the cuts recommended by the study commissioned last fall. Results were released in January. Some of the documents can be found under our Facts & Sources tab. The AJC report is below:


But then, here’s the part we don’t get. We downloaded the QBE allocations for DeKalb from the State. Click on the graphic to view the allotments and print it out.

According to this document, we have been allocated funding for 6,002.42 teachers. How many do we have now that about 850 have been cut? We have been allocated funding for 153.66 subject specialists (also teachers), 191.84 counselors, 88.45 tech specialists, 168.51 Media Center personnel, 46.57 special ed leaders, 39.30 psychologists, 39.30 VT/SW (not sure what that is), 194.31 secretaries, 154.97 assistant principals, 133.00 principals, 6 assistant superintendents, 1 accountant and 1 superintendent.

The state allocates $350,075,523 for direct instruction (teachers), $8,212,359 for central office, $19,379,838 for school administration, and $22,896,304 for facility maintenance (an area we get punished for by the state for having too many unused seats/buildings/small schools). This is all just money from the state QBE formula. The local contribution adds more and then there is an additional $30-50 million in Title 1, depending on who you talk to.

So the state, after calculating what they determine DeKalb should be allotted as described above, then subtracted $63,865,717 in what is known as an ‘austerity cut’*, and sent DeKalb $351,419,912 plus $4,477,864 for pupil transportation (327 drivers), and $1,640,516 for nurses, for a grand total of $357,538,292. [*It is up to local taxpayers to make up the difference in what the state does not fund or chooses to cut from calculated funding.]

As one blogger pointed out in the comments at the AJC blog, why is it that the administration seems bent on sticking to state funding when it comes to parapros and media specialist (which we think may now have dipped below funded levels) but not when it comes to transportation?

Like we have said several times, school system leaders should build a system from scratch. Begin with these state allocations as the bare bones minimum and then see what you can afford to add given the local and federal funds. We will be following up after these cuts to ensure that at the very least, the above stated funding from the state is carried out completely as it is the state that apparently funds the classroom.

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301 Responses to Are we ‘cutting off our noses to spite our faces’?

  1. formerdekalbparent says:

    Yes, the cuts are being done with no thought to the impact. I cannot speak for the teachers, but at the Service Center, the people who are the only ones with the authority to order parts, or purchases for school repairs have been laid off with no “chain of command” put into place. There will be 1-2 people covering the entire system on many things like HVAC, Plumbing, Refrigeration, Haz Mat, that is 150 schools for 1-2 impossible job. Then on top of that, there is no one directing traffic of all the work orders, so they are not getting out or done…….People need to pull Dr. A up by the short hairs and slap her into reality before someone gets hurt.

  2. No problems! Dr. Walker has been such a good BOE chair, I can’t imagine why our system is in such disarray. Dr. Walker was going to change everything for the better. He based his decisions on color. Yet more teachers are being fired and Tyson, Moseley, Mitchell-Mayfield, the Guilroy’s, Edward’s, Ms. Audria Berry and most of the Clew Crew, responsible for this mess, remain with their salaries intact and have been assigned back to the school house. What does it take to get fired at DCSS.. These folks have rammed our system into an iceberg, we’re sinking fast and the taxpayers are on the hook for these 6 figure employees and their inflated pensions. Lets not forget the current lawsuits and the many more that are sure to be filed, since Dr. A did not handle the riffing and firing very professionally.

    DCSS an epic failure for 8+ years and still counting!

  3. Wow?! says:

    Any word on how the meeting went?

  4. jgraham says:

    I attended the meeting. After about 75 minutes of discussion and debate, they called a 15 minute recess. The recess turned into 45 minutes, at which point they reconvened and adjourned until 10am tomorrow. Only 7 members were present, and at least 4 voiced opposition to the motion.

  5. justwatch says:

    Today’s meeting was another fiasco. Atkinson announces that attrition didn’t happen. We didn’t have 750 teachers leave. (Anyone willing to print and count the report from the board meeting Monday night– It was a lot of names.) I don’t trust Atkinson.
    Many board members (all but Cunningham and sort of Edler) were resistant to the proposal. (Bowens and SCW not there) Walker and Jester flat out said No — Speaks and Womack asked questions. Many suggested that they revisit cuts that weren’t made.
    Atkinson stated that if they didn’t take action the budget that they approved wouldn’t be balanced. She was asked about other cuts — she didn’t seem to respond, as I recall.
    Cunningham wants suggestions for cuts but is still refusing to cut transportation and other thing. Cunningham is clearly willing to sacrifice teachers to protect magnet and Arabia Mt. transportation.
    Walker called a 15 minute recess and 45 minutes later came back to announce end of meeting because Atkinson reconvene at 10 AM tomorrow. (REMINDER TO THE BOARD OF ED, BUDGET DISCUSSIONS ARE NOT EXECUTIVE SESSION ELIGIBLE.)
    Pre-K teacher situation has apparently not been addressed because there aren’t openings for them to be absorbed. Possible if Pre-k vacancies exist after teachers are told of salary reduction, non-certified folks may be hired for those jobs if no certified folks will work at that salary.


  6. Wow?! says:

    I hear schools might be losing up to 3 teachers per department. Also some displaced teachers just finding out today. Others haven’t even heard because they are out of town and can not be reached. What happens if they can’t attend displaced teacher fair?

  7. Educate says:

    Nancy Jester was very articulate at the meeting today, and she made many good points. Impressive.

    Let’s try to pack the palace tomorrow at 10 to show those folks that people CARE and that WE ARE PAYING ATTENTION! Teachers, this might be a good way to spend one of your summer days! Plan to meet your friends there.

  8. guest says:

    Can anyone fill me in on what exactly was said about Pre K and salary reductions and what kind of restructuring is going on in that department?

  9. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    There is plenty of money – it’s just being misspent. Think about it — with 96,000 students – take off about 15,000 for special ed and ESOL. Give those 15,000 (a generous number by the way) a 1:5 teacher ratio. That means you’ll need 3,000 teachers to serve the ‘special’ categories. That leaves at least 81,000 students – but for arguments sake let’s be extra generous and say that we have 90,000 ‘regular’ ed students in a classroom at any given time. Let’s say that the teacher-student ratio for these 90,000 is 1:12. That means we would need 7,500 teachers teaching groups of 12 at any given time. Now, of course, sometimes those groups could be combined for things like PE, band, etc, so we would actually need fewer teachers. But – for a very generous argument’s sake, let’s say we have a grand total of 10,500 teachers in DCSS. At Dr. Lewis’ stated ‘cost per teacher’ of $65,000 (including benefits) that total cost would be $682,500,000. Our general operations budget has consistently hovered around $750 million+. So, do you think that approximately $130 million could cover the rest of the needs of the system? (Transportation, food, maintenance, and system administrators?) If not, then find out what the bottom line budget is for the non-teaching needs and use ALL of the rest for teachers.

    12 students per core teacher and 5 students per special ed teacher —– Voila! Do that and watch student learning improve exponentially!

    Folks – for every time, there is a season – it is time to tear down and build back.

  10. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    As far as the number of people who were reported as RIF’d in the last HR report, this is what I reported at the time of the meeting:

    I did the best I could to count these by hand (no searching electronically, as I said these are scanned pdfs – not searchable). Here’s my count of those labeled ‘Reduction in Force’

    Graduation Coaches: 12
    Music Teachers: 9
    PE teachers: 7
    Business Ed teachers: 2
    French teacher: 1
    Spanish teacher: 1

    Total Rif’d: 32

    Dismissals (fired): 6

    Leaving the teaching profession: 19

    Would anyone like to count the rest? How many teachers left due to reasons of their own choosing?

  11. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    So far the RIF’d people reported are a handful of graduation coaches along with some PE teachers, as well as a French teacher and a few music teachers. Lots and lots of retirees who most likely won’t be replaced unless critical.

    All in all, still not seeing much of a reduction in force yet – in fact, it looks like we have about as many new people as the number that left year to date. LOTS of new hires with the job title, “Academic Liason”… ??? What’s that?

    [On another note: We noticed that the pdfs are suddenly just scans of printed out documents. This makes it impossible to copy and paste or to do a search. Interesting. Very unprofessional.]

  12. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    Atksonson quotes during her hiring process and first speeches to the public:

    “My focus will be on our students and student success first with adults and political issues taking a distant second.

    Children must come first.

    Our decisions, my decisions, must first and foremost focus on what is good for all children.

    My intention is to create an internal structure that will allow effective educators to focus on the core mission [of] improving academic performance.

    We do not have the luxury of allowing non-academic related issues to consume the attention and focus of all our educators.”

    Can you believe how different her actions are from her words?????

  13. Murphey says:

    A few factoids from the meeting today:

    – if the RIF had been approved, HR would have started tomorrow (7/12/12) notifying those who were RIF’d. Mr. Ramsey this is typically done by inviting people to a meeting and informing the group.

    – 1 additional student per class equates to 110-120 teachers (can this be true?)

    – the pre-K program is a big part of the problem. All pre-K teachers are certified K-5 teachers, many with seniority, so they must be allowed to apply for other positions if they do not wish to continue teaching pre-K at only the state-funded salary, The 103 pre-K teaching positions, at the state-funded salary of around $30K, will be re-posted.

    – not as many teachers resigned or retired as they usually do so there are fewer openings to absorb cuts in teachers.

    – the agenda item referred to 250 teacher cuts and 100 paraprofessional cuts. The 103 pre-K teacher positions are expected to be filled, although at the lower state-funded salary. Dr. Atkinson stated that there are approximately 120 positions covered by federal funds (not sure what they are or if teachers are qualified to apply) but the implication was that some of the teachers could get these positions.

    – several Board members pointed out that in approving the budget last month, the Board chose to continue school choice transportation, continue middle school sports, continue SROs as 12 month rather than 10 month employees, not make drastic Central Office cuts, and not raise taxes more, thus choosing to cut teachers rather than these things. Renegotiation of legal fees was also mentioned as a possible source of $$.

    – Nancy Jester said that maybe the pre-K teacher funding issue should be addressed separately. DCSD just may not have enough time to lay-off, re-post, and hire the entire pre-K work force, as well as manage all of the ramifications of this before school starts.

    – Jay Cunningham asked the Board “what solutions do you have?” after several spoke out against the RIF plan. Nancy Jester made an interesting statement that the Board is not allowed to make policy but can only respond to what the Administration proposes. The Administration controls the timing of these proposals.

    – Barbs were exchanged but I thought it was more professional than most recent meetings have been.

  14. guest says:

    Thanks Murphey.

  15. I am not being sarcastic when I ask this questions- and I might be reading this the wrong way- so if so, let me apologize upfront-

    “- several Board members pointed out that in approving the budget last month, the Board chose to continue school choice transportation, continue middle school sports, continue SROs as 12 month rather than 10 month employees, not make drastic Central Office cuts, and not raise taxes more, thus choosing to cut teachers rather than these things. Renegotiation of legal fees was also mentioned as a possible source of $$.”

    I am confused….was this some form of justification? Or was this suppose to be a better option? What exactly was the point? Because when you really look at what is being said- those items being mentioned should have been the first considerations before the choice that was made….

    Also, I understand the role of a BOE member- but the deferring to “Board is not allowed to make policy but can only respond to what the Administration proposes” In making a
    response- and that response being a collective opposition to a proposal should over time have some type of consequence to the end. If you don’t vote to support, or you oppose the support- eventually evaluation of those acts have to be justified.

    I am being dead serious when I ask……Am I missing something?

  16. Nancy is absolutely correct. The board cannot jump in on a proposal put forth by the superintendent (their only employee) and substitute their own idea – no matter how broad or detailed. All they can do is express their displeasure, and perhaps hint at what they would like to see, and ask her to return to the drawing board. They absolutely cannot hash out details with her – that would be meddling and could harm accreditation – however they can approve or reject line items.

    Plus, (I wasn’t there so I may have the meaning wrong) there were board members who disagreed with the budget due to the fact that they thought it was a deal to RIF classroom staff and not replace teachers in order to pay for things like magnet transportation and special programs. Unless and until the administration gets a backbone and proposes to make Arabia a school with an attendance zone (thus local transportation), continue consolidating and closing underutilized schools (and razing them for parks or selling them outright) and cutting the salaries and number of positions of staff earning over the top tier teachers (around $80,000 and up) then these four board members [what Sarah refers to as the “Jester 4”] will continue to fight making cuts off the backs of teachers, paras and other school-based, student-contact staff. Atkinson needs to get that and respond to it. Bet she’ll just go for another tax cut though, because she KNOWS she can never get buy-in for those kinds of (logical) cuts from the power block of five. She’s so screwed if they can’t all attend like what happened today. She has to have her FIVE…

  17. Ned says:

    Jay asked for solutions? Well, “in approving the budget last month, the Board chose to continue school choice transportation, continue middle school sports, continue SROs as 12 month rather than 10 month employees, not make drastic Central Office cuts, and not raise taxes more.”
    BTW, does anyone know why only some choice programs have funded transportation? As far as I know, charters have to contract with DCSS for buses, paying for them from the school budget. Is this true for other choice schools or only charters?

  18. dekalbmom says:

    Jester is correct. The Board votes on a budget that is prepared and presented by the Administration (Atkinson). they do not develop their own budget. They can discuss options and they voted to amend the budget proposed by Atkinson by keeping certain items like much of Fernbank Science Center, transportation for magnet and choice students (is there transportation for FSC classes?), etc.. Apparently, this was all based on a prediction that a certain number of teachers would retire or leave the system and this did not happen. What really irked me is that the Administration’s proposal did not include many more reductions of centraol office staff and managers, pay freezes or reductions, more consolidations of duplicative programs and the elimination of DOLA.

    Everyone should write Atkinson (not the BOE) and ask for confirmation that all the consultant’s recommendations regarding reducing staff at the central office were implemented.

  19. bu2 says:

    That doesn’t make sense. What were all these board subcommittee meetings about where they looked at the various options? What purpose does the board serve if not to prioritize spending? Boards do set policy. The superintendent isn’t the only one who can set transportation policy. Now if Jester was saying we need fewer French teachers and more German teachers, that is meddling. Prioritizing spending IS their job.

  20. tired of them all says:

    Atkinson has that great smile and appears caring and nurturing and a little scattered and ditzy when she speaks, but her actions are ruthless. She would sell her mother down the river without a thought.

  21. Wondering in DeKalb says:

    We are not allowed to speak to board members. I’m not sure if that means we cannot be present at board meetings.

  22. truthmissile says:

    Lol @ Dekalb. Lol @ its schools. Lol.

  23. DCSSParent says:

    I know your comment was meant in sarcasm, @Wondering, but the fact that it is true makes it sad. Teachers are NOT allowed to contact the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendents, Board members, or ANYONE above their school principal with any concerns at any time. At least you don’t have to genuflect as you exit the room. Yet.

  24. DCSSParent says:

    Sorry. One more thing – I wish EVERY SINGLE DCSS TEACHER actually would show up, fill the room and outer hallways and stand silently. Make them look you in the eyes as they cut you.

  25. Dekalbite2 says:

    Al Tate, Fernbank Science Center teacher, spoke at a BOE meeting recently. Why wouldn’t a teacher be allowed at a Board meeting?

  26. Dekalbite2 says:

    ” continue SROs as 12 month rather than 10 month employees”

    Why on earth would you need that many SROs in 12 month positions? No wonder our SRO cost is so much higher than any other metro system – almost $11,000,000 a year. Take a look at the numbers:

  27. Are you a U. S. citizen? Are you registered to vote? Are you a voter? Are you a taxpayer? Have you looked at the Bill of Rights lately — including the First Amendment which guarantees our 5 most precious, most valuable freedoms?
    The 5 First Amendment Freedoms

    The First Amendment says that people have the right to speak freely without government interference.

    The First Amendment gives the press the right to publish news, information and opinions without government interference. This also means people have the right to publish their own newspapers, newsletters, magazines, blogs, etc.

    The First Amendment prohibits government from establishing a religion and protects each person’s right to practice (or not practice) any faith without government interference.

    The First Amendment says that people have the right to appeal to government in favor of or against policies that affect them or that they feel strongly about. This freedom includes the right to gather signatures in support of a cause and to lobby legislative bodies for or against legislation.

    The First Amendment says that people have the right to gather in public to march, protest, demonstrate, carry signs and otherwise express their views in a nonviolent way. It also means people can join and associate with groups and organizations without interference.

    These rights, won and secured with the blood of America’s military, can be taken away from you only if you do not exercise them and, thus, allow them to be taken. Of course you may speak to your elected representatives (board members) and attend meetings of the school board and sign up to speak at such meetings. What’s next? Telling you that you cannot vote?

  28. Dekalbite2 says:

    ” these board members will continue to fight making cuts off the backs of teachers, paras and other school-based, student-contact staff”

    These, cuts are on the backs the students. That’s the people that have been bearing the brunt of these cuts, and boy does it show in DeKalb’s CRCT scores.

  29. Marney Mayo says:

    This is only true for charters, and not all charters choose to do so–nor can the ones that try to (ICS and Path) afford pick-up everywhere, so they pay for a couple of buses to areas with apartment complexes where the families truly couldn’t send the kids without the bus.
    It used to be that the feds required reimbursement for NCLB transfers, but that didn’t mean that the district had to run buses…just give a stipend based on milage to the new school. It was federal money, so they didn’t care about convenience or efficiency and a number of families could profit by having their high School aged child ride marta on a student pass, and then pocket the money. When NCLB was waived, that money went away.

  30. Only charters. Although they are technically public schools, they do not have to follow DCSS procedures and must fund their own existence with what they get from the state. They only get additional local funding if the board agrees to provide it, which they only do for Destiny Academy Charter and Leadership Academy Charter as far as we know.

  31. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    And once again, this is the block of five who insist on paying full 12 month salaries to all of our school SROs. Why? Jobs for F&F. It’s what is most important to the block of five. [Walker, Edler, Cunningham, Copelin-Woods and Bowen]

  32. DCSSUnemployed says:

    Unfortunately those of us who got told last minute that we would no longer be at our current school have a “priority reassignment fair” tomorrow morning and will not be able to attend the BOE meeting. How does a county go from telling schools they’re able to hire teachers over summer, to letting teachers go 4 weeks before the new school year begins?

  33. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    As a matter of fact, as much as we all think it’s so, the board does not have clear access to information like the details of the budget, the names and exact titles of those planned to be RIFd, the exact names, job titles and cost of those already RIFd or much of anything. Dr. Atkinson ‘says’ she has seriously reduced the central office, but she has not provided paperwork to show this. The board has to ask the staff [by asking Dr. Atkinson, their only employee] for the information they seek. Nancy Jester has already been told by Mark Elgart of SACS that she asks for too much information. SACS pushes very hard for the board to just ‘get along’ and virtually rubber-stamp their hand-picked super. [This is why it’s best to hire a super unanimously.] This is how Dr Lewis got away with so much.

  34. Whoshelpingthekids says:

    The plan was/is to RIF 103 pre-k teachers (all of whom are certified teachers) and post 103 positions for pre-k teachers at the state funded salary – these may be filled with non-certified staff depending on the applicant pool. In the meantime,the rif’d teachers if they have seniority will move into other teaching positions in their building – and displaced teachers can apply for posted positions. Per Dr. Atkinson, there are some federally funded positions which will become available and they can apply for those.

  35. dekalbschoolwatch says:


    The Called Meeting held by the DeKalb Board of Education on Wednesday,
    July 11, 2012 recessed at 2:24pm, and will re-convene on Thursday, July
    12, 2012 at 10:00am 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.

  36. Whoshelpingthekids says:

    All of those items (10 month SROs, magnet transportation, etc) are items some of the BOE members mentioned were options that the BOE had available to them during the previous budget discussions and that as a board, they opted to cut the schoolhouse instead. The ones that mentioned them were saying that these should have been done first.

    Regarding the question of policy, what Ms. Jester said was that if members of the BOE could take the budget and sift through it in fine detail item by item, she thought they each could find a variety of ways to trim the budget but that the BOE is not allowed to do that – that the burden is on the administration to find those items and bring budget cuts to the BOE to either vote up or down. She didn’t say the BOE is not allowed to make policy.

  37. DCSSUnemployed says:

    The question is will it ever get better? Other counties in the area don’t seem to be having the issues we are.

  38. Dekalb School Board for Dummies says:

    This is absolutely ridiculous! If neighborhood schools in South Dekalb were strengthen, we wouldn’t need a “choice program”. Nancy Jester is the “only” articulate board member. I like the questions that she asks. Atkinson inherited a big mess. I supported her in the beginning, but she is WAY over her head and not the person DeKalb needs to make critical changes. The problem with DeKalb is that we are going through a recession, so the money that was there initially, is no longer there. Coupled with that is a lot of graft and corruption. So what’s happening now is that DeKalb is trying to pay for the sins of the previous Clewless +++ years when those who were in high positions were paid outrageous salaries, and many of the job responsibilities were duplicated in various positions. People were promoted into made-up postions, salaries were not aligned with other districts or the private sector, and Friends and Family were beneficiaries of all of this. Those were the good ol’ days, when people wanted to work in DeKalb, but now the lucious grape that was once Premier DeKalb, had dried up, like a raisin in the sun. So now, the money is no longer there, but the BOE would rather RIF teachers. With the number of certified teachers working in the central office, I am sure if they were to be placed in a classroom and given “teacher salary”, we wouldn’t need to raise classroom salaries. I am sure THEY could help raise student achievement because they have ALL the answers, right?

    There have been several people who have commented that DSW has a personal agenda. I think that people are just fed up with the corruption that goes on in this school system. I don’t think that this is a black vs. white or north vs. south thing. I think we all want what’s best for children. I don’t think that “race” matters. If SCW, JC, and DE were white, we’d still view them as incompetent individuals. You cannot fix a broken county when there is still division.

    C’mon South Dekalb, are they (SCW, JC, and DE) the only competent people living in the southern end of DeKalb? Can we get a better representation for South DeKalb? Voting these people in speaks volumes to the people who continue to elect these dummies.

    Will the coordinators, directors, and other high-paying palace employees teach “ANY” children in the classroom? If some of those palace workers were to be reassigned to the classroom, they’d probably committ suicide because they probably weren’t that good to in the classroom to begin with.

    Trying to come up with a catchy name for this district…..thinking….how about…..Dismal Dekalb or Dreadful DeKalb??? Votes please…..

  39. atlanta wombat says:

    Amen. We are ONE county! And EVERY CHILD in DeKalb County deserves the best!

  40. You should know says:

    From Board Policy BBI

    “A. Staff Communications to the Board

    All communications or open reports to the Board or any of its subcommittees from principals, supervisors, teachers, or other staff members will be submitted through the Superintendent. Staff should not contact Board members regarding school or District business, and staff interests or concerns should be communicated through the chain of command unless otherwise directed by the Superintendent.

    This procedure does not deny the right of any employee to appeal to the Board from administrative decisions on important matters, provided that the Superintendent has been notified of the forthcoming appeal and that it is processed in accordance with the Board’s policy on complaints and grievances. Staff are encouraged to report concerns to the appropriate department handling employee grievances and concerns or through the whistleblower hotline.

    Staff members are also reminded that Board meetings are public meetings. As such, they provide an excellent opportunity to observe firsthand the Board’s deliberations on problems of staff concern.”

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