Wednesday, November 10, 2010

DeKalb County School - Vision 2020 Charrettes

My apologies . . but I just learned about these today.  This is important for our community to provide feedback and I would ask that everyone pencil in the Henderson Middle School charrette on November 29th or the Peachtree Middle School event on Tuesday, November 30th. 

The 2020 Vision is part of the 2020 Master Plan that DeKalb is working on.  It is an 11-month process that started in October 2010 and will conclude in September 2011.

DeKalb County School System
WHO: Parents, students, faculty, staff, and taxpayers of DeKalb County Schools

WHAT: Public charrettes on the 2020 Facilities Master Plan and the Redistricting and

Consolidation Plan for DeKalb County Schools


1. Chamblee High School, Tuesday November 9, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

2. Towers High School, Wednesday November 10, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

3. McNair High School*, Monday November 15, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

4. MLK High School, Tuesday November 16, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

5. Stephenson High School, Wed. November 17, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

6. Henderson Middle School, Mon. November 29, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

7. Peachtree Middle School, Tue. November 30, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

* Starting at 5:30 PM, shuttle and secure parking provided at Atlanta Bible Baptist Church,

1663 Bouldercrest Rd SE Atlanta, GA 30316

WHY: Our school district continues to strive to provide an excellent education for the

students in our care. This includes addressing the needs of our school facilities. We want to

develop a facilities master plan that addresses the building needs, while being accountable to

the taxpayers of DeKalb County. Your input on these matters is very important to us.

Developing a consensus on creating a vision for the DeKalb County School System in 2020

requires a comprehensive and involved process with a broad base of public input to be

successful. This charrette process adds a new dimension to educational planning by getting

the community engaged from the very beginning.

HOW (it works):

The charrette process allows every person an equal opportunity to

express his/her views in a comfortable environment by allowing people

to express their opinions by multiple methods. Here’s how the three

step process works:

1. Presentation. A trained presenter gives a brief PowerPoint

presentation that establishes the goals for the project and

explains the charrette process.

2. ResponseCard® and Feedback. The audience becomes actively engaged in

the charrette through the use of an interactive wireless keypad called a ResponseCard® by voting on issues

concerning redistricting and consolidation of schools and the facility master plan. After each question, the

audience receives immediate feedback in the form of a bar graph that displays the response trends of the

entire group. As a result, we can gather "unbiased" responses and then share what the group is thinking for

immediate feedback and small-group discussion.

3. Small-Group Discussion. Trained facilitators engage small groups in a “drill down” of the predominant

topics discovered during the large-group session. These smaller sessions are more conducive to free-flowing

discussion as a result of the information gained from the initial presentation.

Please note that Spanish and sign language interpreters will be available at each meeting.


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