REVISED NOTICE OF DEKALB BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS

The DeKalb Board of Education will hold the following meetings on Monday, November 4, 2013:

2:00pm Work Session and Executive Session for student appeals Cabinet Room
Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

5:45pm Community Meeting for Public Comments
J. David Williamson Board Room

7:00pm Business Meeting
J. David Williamson Board Room

AGENDA

A. CALL TO ORDER
1. ROSTER
2. INSPIRATION & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. RECOGNITIONS
a. National School Psychology Week Recognition
b. Education Support Professionals Day Recognition
B. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
1. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
a. Project DOS (District Office-School Connect)
b. AdvancED Update
c. Strategic Planning Update
C. ACTION ITEM
1. Request to Waive Board Policy on Policy Adoption, Descriptor Code BDC
D. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Approval of Minutes
2. Approval of Financial Monthly Report
3. November 2013 Human Resources Report
4. Renewal of Purchase of Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) for the district’s Flexible Learning Program and the Purchase for use at Towers High School, a School Improvement Grant (SIG) School
5. TeachTown: Basics and Social Skills for Students with Disabilities
6. BID #14-138 for Catalog Discount – Athletic Sports and Physical Education
7. Fleet Services – Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for Fuel – Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
8. SPLOST III Project: ADA Improvements at Chapel Hill ES, Clifton ES, Meadowview ES, Miller Grove MS and Salem MS (Group E) Contract Award
9. SPLOST IV Project: Design/Build Demolition Services for the former Chamblee Middle School, Tilson Elementary School and Hooper Alexander Elementary School
10. SPLOST IV Project: Design/Build Demolition Services for Fernbank Elementary School and Peachcrest Elementary School
11. School Nutrition Services – Extension of RFP/Bid #13-20 for Sanitation Services & Materials
12. Property, Boiler & Machinery, and Museum Floater Insurance Renewal
13. Amendment to the Bylaws & Policies: Governance Policy (new)
E. OTHER\BOARD COMMENTS (2 minutes each)
F. ANNOUNCEMENTS
G. ADJOURN

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

1. Student Advisory Council Meeting, 9:00am, Wednesday, November 6, 2013, Auditorium, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

2. DeKalb Board of Education & DeKalb County Commissioners Joint Meeting, 6:30pm, Thursday, November 14, 2013, Agnes Scott College, Presser Hall, 141 East College Avenue, Decatur

3. District-wide Title 1 Parent Involvement Conference, 8:00am, Saturday, November 16, 2013, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

4. District-Wide Administrators Academy, 8:30am, Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Auditorium, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

5. Auxiliary Advisory Council Meeting, 10:00am, Thursday, November 21, 2013, Auditorium, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

6. Parent Educational Awareness & Empowerment Conference, 9:00am, Saturday, November 23, 2013, The Conference Center at Georgia Piedmont College, 495 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston

7. Schools Closed in Observation of Thanksgiving Holiday, Monday, November 25 – Friday, November 29, 2013

8. Administrative Offices Open Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Administrative Offices Closed ~ Mandatory Work Reduction Day for 12-month Employees, Wednesday, November 27, 2013, and Closed in Observation of Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday, November 28 – Friday, November 29, 2013

9. DeKalb Board of Education Work Session (2:00pm), Community Input Meeting (5:45pm) and Business Meeting (7:00pm), Monday, December 2, 2013, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. Student Advisory Council Meeting, 9:00am, Wednesday, November 6, 2013, Auditorium, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

2. DeKalb Board of Education & DeKalb County Commissioners Joint Meeting, 6:30pm, Thursday, November 14, 2013, Agnes Scott College, Presser Hall, 141 East College Avenue, Decatur

3. District-wide Title 1 Parent Involvement Conference, 8:00am, Saturday, November 16, 2013, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

4. District-Wide Administrators Academy, 8:30am, Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Auditorium, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

5. Auxiliary Advisory Council Meeting, 10:00am, Thursday, November 21, 2013, Auditorium, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

6. Parent Educational Awareness & Empowerment Conference, 9:00am, Saturday, November 23, 2013, The Conference Center at Georgia Piedmont College, 495 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston

7. Schools Closed in Observation of Thanksgiving Holiday, Monday, November 25 – Friday, November 29, 2013

8. Administrative Offices Open Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Administrative Offices Closed ~ Mandatory Work Reduction Day for 12-month Employees, Wednesday, November 27, 2013, and Closed in Observation of Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday, November 28 – Friday, November 29, 2013

9. DeKalb Board of Education Work Session (2:00pm), Community Input Meeting (5:45pm) and Business Meeting (7:00pm), Monday, December 2, 2013, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

1. Student Advisory Council Meeting, 9:00am, Wednesday, November 6, 2013, Auditorium, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

2. DeKalb Board of Education & DeKalb County Commissioners Joint Meeting, 6:30pm, Thursday, November 14, 2013, Agnes Scott College, Presser Hall, 141 East College Avenue, Decatur

3. District-wide Title 1 Parent Involvement Conference, 8:00am, Saturday, November 16, 2013, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

4. District-Wide Administrators Academy, 8:30am, Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Auditorium, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

5. Auxiliary Advisory Council Meeting, 10:00am, Thursday, November 21, 2013, Auditorium, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

6. Parent Educational Awareness & Empowerment Conference, 9:00am, Saturday, November 23, 2013, The Conference Center at Georgia Piedmont College, 495 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston

7. Schools Closed in Observation of Thanksgiving Holiday, Monday, November 25 – Friday, November 29, 2013

8. Administrative Offices Open Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Administrative Offices Closed ~ Mandatory Work Reduction Day for 12-month Employees, Wednesday, November 27, 2013, and Closed in Observation of Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday, November 28 – Friday, November 29, 2013

9. DeKalb Board of Education Work Session (2:00pm), Community Input Meeting (5:45pm) and Business Meeting (7:00pm), Monday, December 2, 2013, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

Additional Upcoming Meetings:

Cross Keys Cluster Annual Parent Conference
Feria de Recursos Para Padres de las
Escuelas del Distrito de Cross Keys

All Parents are Invited/ Les Invitamos a Todos Padres:
Cross Keys High, Sequoyah Middle, Cary Reynolds, Dresden, Montclair, Woodward
Friday, November 8, 2013/Viernes, 8 de Noviembre, 2013
Cross Keys High School
9:00-11:00 a.m.

Check out this piece about the Cross Keys High band from Univision.

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31 Responses to REVISED NOTICE OF DEKALB BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS

  1. walk-to-school says:

    Does anyone know what this is “Board Policy on Policy Adoption, Descriptor Code BDC”?

  2. PDS has cut to an old clip of John Coleman talking about autism and the proposed charter school…

    Is there an actual board meeting tonight?

    Is it being streamed? Doesn’t appear to be.

  3. It has to do with process. It’s about how to change a policy (ala – the way they handled changing the policy requiring a 2 year notice to drop the teacher’s retirement contributions). https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/ViewMeetingOrder.aspx?S=4054&MID=31838

    The meeting is not being streamed. If anyone attended, please share what you learned about the following:

    B. 1. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: (ironically, none of which will be presented by the superintendent)

    B. 1. a. Project DOS (District Office-School Connect)
    Quick Summary / Abstract

    Presented by: Dr. Tekshia Ward-Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer &
    Dr. Tova Jackson-Davis, Director, Office of Employment Services
    Division of Human Resources

    B. 1. b. AdvancED Update
    Quick Summary / Abstract

    Presented by: Ms. Ramona H. Tyson, Chief of Staff, Office of the Superintendent

    B. 1. c. Strategic Planning Update
    Quick Summary / Abstract

    Presented by: Dr. Anglea D. Pringle, Regional Superintendent, Region #2

  4. Interesting items from the vendor spend report: https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/meetings/TempFolder/Meetings/September%202013%20Vendor%20Spend%20Report_488738wvbuq23fpu4br4mdivlob355.pdf

    VENDOR NAME / FY2014 PAID AMOUNT / EXPENSED TO PRIOR YEAR

    ALEXANDER & ASSOCIATES / 97,285.46 / 209,664.91
    ALLAN VIGIL FORD GOVT SALES / 727,004.53 / 0.00
    APPLE COMPUTER / 1,131,115.65 / 153,801.95
    ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION / 14,513.67 / 2,565.00
    DICKERSON COMMUNICATIONS / 12,000.00 / 24,000.00
    DREW ECKL & FARNHAM LLP / 43,667.52 / 0.00
    ELARBEE THOMPSON & TRAPNELL / 116,486.78 / 0.00
    HARDY CHEVROLET / 382,296.80 / 0.00
    HJ RUSSELL & COMPANY / 2,506,749.50 / 2,829,987.00
    RELIABLE TRANSMISSION SERVICE / 10,268.00 / 0.00
    S&W TOWING / 9,269.00 / 395.00
    SUTHERLAND ASBILL BRENNAN LLP / 387,317.23 / 262,583.26
    VIRTUCOM INC / 2,439,001.80 / 103,493.03
    WILLIAMS SCOTSMAN INC / 192,760.25 / 976,773.52
    YANCEYS MOBILE HOME MOVING INC / 296,750.00 /178,668.00
    FOLTZ MARTIN LLC / 14,535.00 / 14,535.00
    WILSON MORTON & DOWNS LLC / 0.00 / 14,074.00

    S&W TOWING / $ 9,269.00 WOW – already? Did we tow every bus somewhere?

    Legal fees for 2014 already: $659,291.99 hmmm – what was the total legal budget for FY14 again?

    Oh, $4,555,000. But this months financial report only shows spending currently at $527,635 or 11.6%. Seems they are not adding up the same invoices they reported on the vendor report above.

  5. These revenue reports are interesting:

    (TOTAL REVENUE)
    Budgeted: $755,927,042
    Actual: $143,169,271 18.94%
    Projected (YTD): $149,280,709
    Projected Variance: -4.09%

    (LOCAL)
    Budgeted: $380,349,303
    Actual: $97,399,987 25.61%
    Projected (YTD): $110,756,902
    Projected Variance: -12.06%

    (STATE)
    Budgeted: $375,577,739
    Actual: $45,769,285 12.19%
    Projected (YTD): $38,523,807
    Projected Variance: 18.81%

    So – local collections are 12% less than projected, but state collections are almost 19% more than projected YTD.

    Download the monthly budget report here: https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/meetings/TempFolder/Meetings/September%202013%20Monthly%20Financial%20Report_488737wvbuq23fpu4br4mdivlob355.pdf

  6. concernedmome30329 says:

    Is anyone watching on the Web? The meeting I am showing is a previous one, not the current one. Has been this way for the last hour or so. Wondering if anyone else is having a different experience?

  7. Yep — same thing here concerned. I posted about it earlier in the comments. Seems PDS is a mess. Either that or they don’t want us to watch…

  8. Check out the proposed policy on board governance:
    https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/meetings/TempFolder/Meetings/Proposed%20Policy%20on%20Governance_490468wvbuq23fpu4br4mdivlob355.pdf

    A clip:

    Board Responsibilities
    Board members shall:

    Approve major District actions and oversee, develop, and implement Board policies.

    Review and approve financial plans, objectives and actions, including significant capital allocations and expenditures.

    Stay well informed regarding our operations and strategies; management is responsible for providing accurate, timely and complete information to Board members.

    Monitor and assess the staff’s performance and execution of strategic plans and objectives and ask appropriate questions of Senior Staff to address accountability with established goals.

    Oversee and assess quality talent and leadership through systems and processes for hiring, compensation, development, evaluation, and succession


    1″Senior Staff” includes the direct reports to the Superintendent, which presently include the following positions: Deputy Superintendent School Leadership and Operational Support, Deputy Superintendent Curriculum and Instruction, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Legal Officer.

    Huh? This is not meddling? Isn’t this the superintendent’s job? The board should only oversee the superintendent. Not his or her entire senior staff. These people just got nine new bosses! (Not that they don’t need them…)

  9. And this part is just total bull:

    Determine that procedures are in place designed to promote integrity and candor in the audit of our financial statements and operations, and in all financial reporting and disclosure.

  10. momfromhe11 says:

    This was in the HR report, “Resignations” section.
    Not sure what it means, but “certification problems” waves a red flag for me. Particularly in head of a department.Can anyone enlighten me?

    Fretwell, Quentin Director, Safe Schools
    756-Safe Schools
    10/04/2013
    Resig-Certification Problems

  11. Jeff Bragg says:

    To check any certified school employee’s certification, go to http://www.gapsc.com (the Georgia Professional Standards Commission). At the top of the home page, just left of center, you will see the “Certification” tab. Click on it, then on the next page click on “check certification”. Enter the
    staff person’s name and you will get the Georgia record of their certifications and whether they have been the subject of disciplinary action. Fretwell is certified through June 30, 2014 in several areas. His “Ethics Actions” section shows “None”. I will email a pdf copy of his file to schoolwatch so they can post it or follow up. Jeff Bragg

  12. Does Fretwell have or is he required to have Peace Officer certification? I know he supervises all the Campus Supervisors (yellow-shirt folks).

  13. curious says:

    I have to say that I was disappointed that they didn’t stream last night’s meeting. Without our eyes on them, it’s very difficult to know what our board members do. I haven’t yet called the administration to complain, but I will. Did the streaming ever work?

  14. concerned citizen says:

    Isn’t it just too convenient that we didn’t see their SA meeting?? Of course, they can’t hold up against the least little bit of inspection, as we all know. I want to know why they are sitting on the floor when WE have paid for their meaningless, ultra -expensive seating and stage! Aren’t they wonderful? Do you deserve this – you and I – good, hard-working educators and/or parents/students, taxpayers? If I could only get even one of them one-on-one, he/she would probably never recover from the shock of being exposed to what he/she has done! I am so ashamed of the Palace and the Board. Where are their consciences? Do they have a conscience collectively or personally? I most strongly doubt it. Sorry, sorry, worst, worst, gross, corrupt fools. You see, they can’t face even one of us with the truth about their shocking misbehavior, out-right theft, and lack of any ethical base. But, as one of us said, they know they are home-free!!! No remorse, no second thoughts, no statement. Let me get one of them in the full light of day, and we’ll see who’s standing. Stand up, you lousey cowards and face your public. Shy? I’ll bet. You should be more than ashamed; you should be scared.

  15. @curious: We are also very disappointed in the fact that the meeting was not streamed. And with no announcement or apology about it. In fact, it makes us wonder what went on that they didn’t want us to see? Cere is right. There is very little trust.

  16. Stan Jester says:

    11/07/2013 Board Meeting – Public Comments
    The first few speakers were from ICS and quite moving. The pseudo transcript doesn’t give it justice. Willy Pringle was interesting as usual. The DHCC debate continued.

    Parents are speaking up about Meadowview and Clifton elementary schools. They are schools in South DeKalb and are each below 50% capacity. Both are being decommissioned for a new school. A number of parents said during Public Comments that they don’t want the new school due to the new location and would rather keep their old school. Strangely, North DeKalb wants/needs more schools but isn’t getting them, and South DeKalb is getting new schools but doesn’t want them.

  17. Fred in DeKalb says:

    Stan, I think you missed the point of the parents in the McNair cluster. In their case, the district is consolidating small schools into a larger school. McNair Academy is made up of three former elementary schools (Leslie J. Steele, Terry Mill and Tilson with McNair built on the Steele site). The same consolidation recommendation is being made for the schools south of I-20. Their argument is that their students thrive best in small schools. What they don’t want is the large school.

    From a business point of view, this makes sense however the community is asking for consideration of the impact their overall community and most of all, the students. This comes back to the question as to whether schools should be run like a business or with the community in mind. It is not simply that they are getting new schools that are unwanted.

  18. Thanks for posting this Stan!

    I am fascinated that David Schutten – the REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DEKALB TEACHERS who had almost nothing to say about the teacher’s lawsuit, frozen pay, furlough days, lack of pension, increased workload and increased class size suddenly has the energy and motivation to go to a board meeting to speak out against what Druid Hills is trying to do – break away and form a charter cluster. Geesh!

    Then Jay Cunningham then chimed in:

    I’m here to also talk about the Druid Hills Charter Cluster. I’m asking you to vote ‘No’. Why? You all have laid out as well as the AJC has laid out … to talk about the things that are wrong with this petition. It’s not right right. It’s not fair to the citizens of DeKalb County. It may be fair to certain citizens in certain parts of DeKalb, but it’s not fair to everybody. If you go back and look at one of the things SACS asked you to do, one of the problems that was brought up, was making sure that we have a school system that brings equal opportunity to every child and parent. That is one of the actions. By voting ‘Yes’, you’re not following that action. I do understand that people are looking for other choices. This is not the right choice. With this petition, questions need to be answered. We need to go back and look at it again. We need to look at charter clusters through the school system, not going off and giving the latitude to make decisions for kids in certain areas and not have the same latitude in other areas. Mr. Orson, I don’t want to use the words disappointed, but I think the games have been played for the last 5 years in the LaVista area as well as the Druid Hills area to disencredit public schools, to bring charter schools in. That’s a choice. I have no problems with charter schools. But, we have to make sure everybody has access to a … to get a good education.

    We need to work on the low performing schools first. If you really want a challenge, let’s work on those schools that are not performing. Bring them up to par and we wouldn’t even have this discussion. You wouldn’t even be looking for a choice. Until we take care of these low performing schools, and put the money and resources into, DeKalb will be in the same state regardless of who’s on this board. So, we need to look at low performing schools and bring them up to par. So, to Emory and all those folks backing this petition, I’m asking you to come to these low performing schools. Put some of that money and resources into them schools and let’s really have a conversation.

    I strongly suggest that Jay check his facts. MOST of the charter schools in DeKalb are in the south end of the county and are responsible for the exodus of well over 3,000 students from traditional area neighborhood schools. This is not the fault of Druid Hills whatsoever! Why oh why did Jay not call for improving neighborhood schools until now? !!

    Read the facts at the old DSW blog:
    Tuesday, May 11, 2010
    North vs Central vs South – what’s the deal?

  19. concerned citizen says:

    Fred, you make me sick. Why do you say anything when you know nothing? I LIVE in the “McNair Cluster!” How about them apples? Come over and see reality some time in your life. You are a fool.

  20. I am unsure of David Schutten’s role. He doesn’t head a union, since teacher unions are illegal in Georgia. He doesn’t speak up for teachers. He seems always to be kissin’ DCCS administration ass. And he never communicates any of his own personal agenda to members of the pseudo-whatever group called ODE via email or mail-outs. Incidentally, members pay as much to ODE in dues as teachers pay in dues to real teacher unions in Massachusetts. And guess who gets a mucho better return on their money? It seems to me that all ODE members do is pay the salaries of Schutten and his staff. Again, who gets a better return on their money? Massachusett’s union- dues-paying teachers or ODE teacher-, not adminstration-members? There’s one for you, a psuedo-union that caters to management-members and ignores teacher-members.

  21. Fred in DeKalb says:

    concerned citizen, I won’t stoop myself to your level and resort to name calling. I wrote 9 sentences above. If you disagree or believe I wrote something that is factually incorrect, I would welcome you pointing that out. If I stated something incorrect, I will acknowledge that as I have done in the past. Given that I have spoken to many of the parents and community members from Gresham Park, Meadowview and Sky Haven that were against the school closures when discussed during the task force meetings in 2010, I feel comfortable in what I wrote.

    DSW, I trust you will address the name calling.

  22. Yes, in digging back, there was some inappropriate name-calling. Please just state your case, people. Demeaning tones only serve to harm your case – not the person you seek to criticize. Facts please!!

    That said, we all definitely got the feeling that the majority of people who live in these neighborhoods do not want a large new school mainly due to the location. Perhaps if the admin will listen, a flexible solution could be found – like transportation to after school care, etc… These are not insolvable issues.

    When we started this new blog, our first report was on the schools that have been closed – causing blight around the county. Many of them are in south DeKalb. Read our original post (with LOTS of photos) here:

    DCSS vacant properties causing blight countywide

    We are convinced that the decreased attendance and need to consolidate schools in the south end of the county is due to the abundance of ‘theme’, ‘choice’, ‘magnet’ and ‘charter’ schools that cropped up in that area under Lewis’ leadership and sucked so many of the students away from the neighborhood schools, leaving them under-populated. Yes, in this case the segregation is not racial at all – it’s definitely class. Middle and upper-middle black parents are choosing to segregate their children from poorer black children by applying and sending them to these specialty, ’boutique’ type schools given to them by Lewis – transportation included. (Another unnecessary very large budget item.)

    Read about it here >>
    North vs Central vs South – what’s the deal?

  23. curious says:

    I, too, have been dismayed by Schutten’s vociferous, repeated opposition to the Druid Hills Charter Cluster — particularly, as you point out, considering his silence in the face of all the stuff our beleaguered teachers have been forced to face. What’s his motive? The teachers in the proposed cluster voted overwhelmingly in favor of the petition. Isn’t he supposed to be their representative?

  24. dsw2contributor says:

    Jeff Bragg said “To check any certified school employee’s certification, go to http://www.gapsc.com (the Georgia Professional Standards Commission).”

    I plugged in “Michael Thurmond” and the GPSC’s website says that Michael Lamar Thurmond, PSC Account Number 1356891, has a “permit certificate” in “EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP (P-12) [FLD704]” that was first issued on March 8, 2013.

    The page also says “The educator’s certification level is 6 effective 02/01/2013”, “Overall Ethics Status/Action: None ” and “Exceptional Children Course: No” (in red). At the bottom of the page, provides this explanation about his “permit certificate”:
    ————————————————————————————
    Permit certificates are issued at the request of an employing school system to individuals who meet certain certification requirements but do not qualify for Clear Renewable certification. Permits are issued initially for 2 years and may be continuously renewed in 3 year increments by completing a school system approved Individual Development Plan. Please refer to Rule 505-2-.10 for information on Permit requirements. This Permit certificate is a non-professional certificate. Requirements to convert a permit to a Clear Renewable certificate (except JROTC) may be obtained from the Professional Standards Commission.

    You must satisfy the following requirements (described in detail in separate correspondence) during the validity period of this certificate: Exceptional child course; Individual development plan; School system request; Subject-area content assessment.
    ————————————————————————————

  25. dsw2contributor says:

    Assuming I am understanding the GPSC website correctly, Mr. Thurmond has been on notice since March 8, 2013 [EIGHT MONTHS AGO!] that he needs to complete the “Exceptional Children Course”, but has not done so.

    I think I would be p—ed about this if I were the parent of a gifted child enrolled in DCS.

  26. It's about the kids! says:

    The exceptional children course is actually not about the gifted, but about all students with exceptional needs with most of the focus on special needs students.

  27. dsw2contributor says:

    Thank you for giving me a needed dope slap, “It’s about the kids!”

    I’ll be attaching my findings to DSW2’s “Letter to Thurmond: Why So Many Special Education Vacancies?” topic (dekalbschoolwatch.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/letter-to-thurmond-why-so-many-special-education-vacancies/)

  28. Districtwide Title l Parent Involvement Conference
    Guest Speaker – Glenda Hatchett
    Former Juvenile Court Judge, Author & Speaker
    All Parents of Title l Schools are Invited!!
    Saturday, November 16, 2013
    8:00 am – 1:00 pm

    DeKalb County School District
    1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard
    Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083
    +++
    For additional information contact:
    Brenda Williams, Office of Federal Programs, Title l Coordinator at
    678.676.0312, or email brenda_y_williams@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us
    or
    Dr. Morcease J. Beasley, Executive Director for Curriculum, Instruction, Professional Learning and the Office of Federal Programs Division at 678.676.0329

    +++

  29. Are you the parent, guardian, or mentor of a child in the DeKalb County School District?
    Have questions about your child’s education?
    Need help navigating the school district?
    Having difficulty prioritizing ‘life’ vs. children?
    Feeling as if you are not being heard?
    Have ideas you would like to share?

    You Have a Voice; Make the Choice to Attend the
    “Parent Educational Awareness & Empowerment Conference”
    Saturday, November 23, 2013
    9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    The Conference Center at Georgia Piedmont Technical College
    495 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021
    For more information call: (678) 676-0381
    Moderator: Donna Lowry, 11Alive TV

    “A Bridge Initiative Strategy”

    Workshops-Entertainment-Food-Media Personalities & More

    To register visit:

    http://www.empoweringdekalbparents.com

    +++

  30. Jeff Bragg says:

    Jeff Bragg re: dsw2contributor 11/08 @ 7:41: Several years ago, school districts started looking beyond ed school grads for top admins, hoping to hire retired generals and business ceos. The state changed the rules to allow local boards to hire them if they had experience comparable to the management role of a superintendent. If the board hires such a person, they then apply for certification and get what is the equivalent of a “Provisional” certificate, which teachers get if they have not finished practice teaching, the exceptional children course, or (previously) the teaching reading course. This is how Supt. Thurmond qualifies for this certification. He still has time to take that course. His level 6 status is based on his J.D., the “Juris Doctorate” for attorneys, which would affect his salary if he had a lower-ranking job where he could not negotiate his own deal.

  31. Plan to attend the PROGRESS DEKALB community meeting, “a conversation to move DeKalb forward…” with DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May, the Board of Commissioners, The DeKalb Board of Education and Superintendent Michael Thurmond

    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 | 6:30-8:30 PM
    Agnes Scott College – Presser Hall
    141 East College Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030

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