Parents and Community Members: Over the past eighteen months, the DeKalb County School District has continued to move forward with its intention to obtain charter system status from the Georgia Department of Education. Becoming a charter system will allow the District and its individual schools the opportunity for innovation through flexibility and autonomy from state laws and Georgia Department of Education rules and regulations. It will also promote local school governance through collaboration among parents, teachers, community members, and school Principals.

As a part of this process, community input has been sought over these past eighteen months, and it is being requested again for the current draft of the District’s application. The current draft of the District's Charter System Application is attached at the bottom of this message or can be found on the DCSD home page.

Five community engagement sessions have been scheduled, and anyone seeking the opportunity to provide input is invited to attend, including parents, teachers, and other community members. You are also encouraged to review information from the Georgia Department of Education concerning charter systems.

The Community Engagement Sessions will occur at the following locations:

  • Region V Towers High School Tuesday, September 22 @ 6:00 PM
  • Region I Dunwoody High School Wednesday, September 23 @ 6:00 PM
  • Region IV Lithonia High School Tuesday, September 29 @ 6:00 PM
  • Region III Stephenson High School Wednesday, September 30 @ 6:00 PM
  • Region II Lakeside High School Thursday, October 1 @ 6:00 PM

We thank you in advance for your participation and look forward to seeing you soon!
For more information, contact: Trenton Arnold, 678.676.0671, Trenton_J_Arnold@dekalbschoolsga.org