In what we see as an admission that DeKalb County School District is much to large to remain equitable, District 11 of the Georgia PTA Council sent out the following survey letter to their representatives, stating the reasons for desiring to restructure the Council into two parts. District 11 is comprised of several smaller districts along with DeKalb [City of Decatur, DeKalb County, Rockdale County and Newton County] – perhaps they feel that their voices are not being heard due to the size of the DeKalb portion of their district and its ability to usurp power and attention?
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11th District, Georgia PTA
Proposed restructure of Dekalb County PTA Council
In an effort to better serve the district and to address the specific needs of our local units, District 11 is proposing a restructuring of the current Dekalb County PTA Council. The PTA Council currently serves the entire Dekalb County School District, and is the largest counsel [sic] in the southeast with 111 schools. The district is focused on improving training and resource services. We are proposing to divide the current Council into two councils. This restructure will allow PTA to be more user-friendly, more responsive, and more expansive by delivering even more rewards to our students through reflections, state, and national grant opportunities. Restructuring will also provide a greater opportunity for our emerging leaders to contribute to our cause.
. . . Successful restructuring has been done in the past, and we are the last of the mammoth sized councils; the nearest to our size is 54 in the state. . . . Below are some of the positives that the district 11 executive board considered before proposing this effort::
1. Currently the Dekalb County Council of PTAs represents the entire Dekalb County School system with 111 local PTA units. It is the largest PTA council in the South.
2. Restructuring the Council will relieve stress on council leaders and reduce the number of local units they are working with.
3. Training will be more manageable for council leaders and relate to the specific units.
4. Area representatives could have more frequent contact with a smaller school base.
5. There would be more growth in leadership development/emerging leaders.
6. There would be more opportunities for state and national grants.
7. There would be more opportunities for children who enter reflections.
8. There would be increased recognition for schools within their council.
9. There would be greater focus on individual local unit needs.
To sum it up, we are looking to better train, supervise and motivate our local units.
Isn’t this list astounding? Insert DeKalb County School District in instead of Georgia 11th District PTA Council and you have some very valid reasons for breaking this large behemoth apart – in order to better educate children – the supposed task of the school district, as given to it by the taxpayers of DeKalb County, GA.