DeKalb County Schools Druid Hills Cluster Redistricting
Updated October 1st
The Scope of Redistricting
The DeKalb County Schools District (District) is considering re-drawing attendance zones, to be effective August 2019, for Fernbank and the following other four elementary schools within the Druid Hills High School (DHHS) cluster: Avondale ES; Briar Vista ES; Laurel Ridge ES; and McLendon ES. Redistricting will be used, in part, to increase the Fernbank’s student population at after our ~240 Montclair Elementary students are reassigned back to their home school, John Lewis Elementary School, in August 2019.
Share Your Views
The Fernbank PAC held two open meetings last week to receive input from Fernbank’s parents, teachers, and staff regarding Fernbank’s priorities for the possible redistricting. An (updated) PowerPoint used in these Town Hall meetings that offers context to facilitate discussion of Fernbank’s goals and priorities regarding redistricting is available here. It is important for Fernbank’s parents, teachers, staff, and other community stakeholders to share their views and priorities with the District through scheduled open meetings and online surveys. Please also communicate your views to PAC members, whose contact information is available here.
Public Meetings - The District has scheduled the following public meetings to be held at Druid Hills Middle School, beginning at 7:00 pm:
● Oct. 1 – gather feedback from community before options are created or presented
● Oct. 25 – introduce 2 to 4 options and allow public feedback
● Nov. 28 – present 1 “staff recommended” option and allow public feedback
Online Surveys - In addition to the public meetings, online surveys will be open to the public for 1 week following each meeting.
District’s Criteria - The District intends to focus on the following criteria – in this order – in the public meetings and online surveys:
● Safety and traffic patterns
● Previous redistricting
● Intact neighborhoods
● Special programs, e.g., programs serving special needs students that require additional classroom space
● School feeder alignment
● Efficient and economical operations