Monday, March 12: Superintendent hosts community meetings for schools zoned to Douglass, Mays, Washington, B.E.S.T. and Coretta Scott King

Superintendent Erroll B. Davis’ demographic capacity study community meetings is scheduled for mid-March in each of the four APS regional (School Reform Team or SRT) areas.

The schedule is as follows:

March 12  – School Reform Team 1 & 4NW Cluster (schools zoned to Douglass, Mays, Washington high schools and B.E.S.T. and Coretta Scott King academies) – Douglas High School, 225 Hamilton E. Holmes Dr., 30318

March 13 – School Reform Team 4 NE Cluster (schools zoned to North Atlanta High School) — North Atlanta High School, 2875 Northside Dr., 30305

March 21 – School Reform Team 3 Cluster (schools zoned to Grady and Jackson high schools) — Jackson High School, 801 Glenwood Ave., 30316

March 22 – School Reform Team 2 Cluster (schools zoned to South Atlanta and Carver high schools) – Carver High School, 55 McDonough Blvd., 30315

The times of all meetings are 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

During the meetings, Davis will present the district’s proposed redistricting plan that was developed based in part on community input obtained from the first two rounds of demographic capacity study community meetings held late last year and early this year.

During the first two rounds of community meetings, independent demographers conducted the sessions and explained their redistricting scenarios, after which they solicited community input that was used to develop subsequent scenarios.

The community meetings followed a demographic survey launched in June, which allowed the public to provide input regarding the district’s student capacity situation.  Focus groups were held in each of the four SRTs on this subject last year.  The information has been available since last year on the district’s website.

Following this round of community meetings, Davis will present his proposed redistricting plan to the Atlanta Board of Education for consideration.  Community input will also be part of the Board’s consideration of the proposed redistricting plan.  The Board is expected to consider the matter in the spring.

“From the beginning, our goal has been to make this process transparent with input from parents and the community,” said Davis.  “The opportunity for public input will continue up to the point when the Atlanta Board of Education approves a redistricting plan for implementation beginning the next school year.”

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