South Fulton School Construction Cuts
Your Homework Assignment
Updated April 21, 2009
have the opportunity to further the cause of children's education in
Sandtown. Our objective is to
educate you on the issues to empower you to join the voices of those currently
advocating for your children. We need you to move beyond just hearing the
issues and convert the tsunami of injustice into an effective response. Don’t
take the position that completing your assignment is all or nothing. Commit
to completing one or better yet both of these PTSA assignments:
Commit to write an email
to the school board members and the school superintendent. Just write a few
lines asking the
superintendent what they are going to do about the issue of overcrowding
for instance. You don’t need to be eloquent; we just need consistent
Ask why there are
delays proposed for
South Fulton SPLOST III school construction while North Fulton School
construction moves on.
superintendent and ask them why?
School Superintendent Cindy Loe's recommendation is to essentially delay all but
one South Fulton Project while Moving Forward with North Fulton
move forward with the
Centennial High and Chattahoochee High science lab and band
additions. The completion date is 2010; however the band
additions may be delayed until 2011 due to staging on the sites.
complete the construction
of the Bethany/Cogburn high school in 2012 (North Fulton)
Derrick Road elementary school until August 2012
delay the new
MS South (Ga 138 area) until 2012
replace Banneker High school,
instead of moving forward with an addition. The last S. Fulton
High school in the SPLOST III program would be this replacement.
the new ES South indefinitely
The net effect of this revised SPLOST III plan and the SPLOST
II is only one (1) incremental New High School in South Fulton - as Westlake
was a replacement, and the Banneker will be as well. At the
same time quite a few were built in North Fulton from
SPLOST tax dollars that we all pay!!
If plans to create Milton County from North Fulton go through, South
Fulton will end up subsidizing in part the construction of an all
new Milton School System, while our students remain in older
buildings except for the recent new construction.
Here is the Milton County viability study posted on the fulton
- We want greatness for all of our children! Remember school and test scores
are a means to an end – scholarships and children prepared to compete in
college and in life.
Commit to attend at least
one school board meeting every other month as you learn about the process
and read the
collateral we provide to bring you up to seed. Imagine the impact of
just 10% of the parent’s of 1,450 plus SMS students turning out at a board
meeting. There is power in numbers and that’s why they are getting their
North Fulton as we are absent because we’re
too busy to further our children’s interests. Your tax dollars are green
also – aren’t they?
Individual Board Member's Community Meetings
- Each Board Member conducts a community board meeting a
few days before the month's pre-board and board meetings.
The Board member will go
through the agenda of the upcoming Board Meeting.
- This is your opportunity to hold your Board Member
- You are particularly encouraged to attend the community
board meetings of Board President Linda Bryant (South Fulton) and Board VP
See what they are telling their constituents about
South County. Ask North Fulton Board Members what they have done for South County
lately? Part of Gail Dean's district is in South County!
they tell you they are
moving forward on construction down here ask them by school, the following
the land for the school been purchased?
all phases of the school funded? (land, design and construction)
you planned for and funded required road improvements and connectivity?
will you break ground on construction?
will the school open?
Master School Board Calendar
– Pre-board meetings are on Tuesday and typically have workshops to work
through the details and interact with the superintendent. Typically board
members discuss and seek information on items and define what they will be
voted on in the Board meeting. Sometimes based on the questions board members
ask you get an idea of how they will vote on Thursday and you can lobby
– Board meetings start at 6:30 PM on Thursdays. This is the meeting where the
board votes on the consent agenda agreed upon in the Pre-Board meeting.
The Pre-Board and Board Meetings no longer alternate between north and south
locations. The Pre-Board Meeting is at the Administration Center and all
Board Meetings are in North Fulton at Dunwoody Springs ES.
Directions to Board Meeting Locations
Fulton County Schools Administrative Center
(786 Cleveland Avenue SW, Atlanta)
From I-85 Take I-85 to
Cleveland Avenue, Exit #76 (north of the airport). Go west
on Cleveland Avenue. The Administrative Center is about one
block away from the exit ramp. Park at the front of the
building and take the elevator to the third floor.
Dunwoody Springs Charter
(8100 Roberts Drive, Sandy Springs)
From GA 400 South Take GA 400
South to Northridge Road, Exit #6. Turn left onto Northridge
Road and continue over the GA 400 overpass. At the stop sign
just beyond the end of the overpass, turn right onto Roberts
Drive and continue approximately 1/2 mile to the first
stoplight. Turn right to enter the school. The meeting is in
From GA 400 North Take GA 400 to Northridge Road,
Exit #6. The exit ramp becomes Roberts Drive. Continue
straight ahead after the stop sign, approximately ˝ mile to
the first stoplight. Turn right to enter the school parking
lot. The meeting is in the cafeteria.
The agenda is
To become familiar with
the new Board Docs site, view this
illustrated guide. The link to Board Docs and other Board related
material is on the Board pull-down on
www.fultonschools.org. These meetings are now paperless. The agenda is
projected on big screens, but they no long provide a hardcopy printout. If
you want a hardcopy to follow along be sure to print one from
Board Docs in advance.
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