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City Schools of Decatur Board of Education - April 2022

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Bulletin Board Newsletter

The BOE meeting recap newsletter is shared after each regularly scheduled monthly meeting. The April Board of Education meeting was held on April 12. You can access the recording here.

City Schools of Decatur Board of Education

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Mr. James Herndon, Vice Chair

Dr. Carmen Sulton, Board Member

Mrs. Jana Johnson-Davis, Chair

Dr. Maggie Fehrman, Superintendent

Ms. Tasha White, Board Member

Mr. Hans Utz, Board Member

Chair's Report

I want to welcome back all students and staff from Spring Break. I hope everyone is refreshed and ready to close the year out strong. Thank you to CSD’s media center staff for all of their hard work in the district. Last week was National Library Week, and we are so grateful to have such wonderful staff and resources in our district.

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Board Spotlights

Clairemont Elementary School

Dr. Curtis Armour, Jr., principal of Clairemont Elementary, presented the Clairemont Elementary School spotlight. Clairemont’s 2022-2023 theme is Challenging Limits and Transcending Barriers. Clairemont, in partnership with EL, works to empower students, staff, and families to contribute to a more just and equitable world. The Board spotlight video focuses on EL Core Practice 24, Engaging Families and the Community in the Life of the School. Clairemont is excited to share how their equity work encompasses the entire community in creating a school environment that celebrates, encourages, and affirms their diversity.

Clairemont April 2022 Board Spotlight Video

Community Action at Renfroe Middle School

Vanessa Reid, Renfroe Middle School teacher, and two 6th-grade students shared their recent ELA Community Action Research Project. First, students selected a topic of concern that impacts them and their community. Students then crafted presentations to educate RMS students and share ways students could get more involved in these issues. Finally, members of the Decatur community came and viewed the student presentations and gave wonderful feedback on the students' efforts.

Max Bee-Lindgren’s Presentation of Regeneron Science Talent Search Project

DHS senior Max Bee-Lindgren shared a summary of their Regeneron Science Project. Max is a finalist for the 2022 Regeneron Science Talent Search for their project Calculating Transition Amplitudes of an Observable Using the Rodeo Algorithm for Quantum Computing. Click here to learn more about the Regeneron Science Talent Search.

Board Consent Agenda Items

The Board unanimously approved all consent items:

Personnel Report

School Nutrition

Financial Reports


Policy Monitoring Report [FOR INFORMATION]

The April school monthly data report was on the agenda for information. The monthly data reports from principals are provided to support school improvement plans that take a systemic approach to improve student achievement and school quality. These reports present a graphic summary of important school data to allow the Board easy access to important metrics that the school is measuring to determine how the district and the school are doing on meeting district and school goals. The reports will be updated monthly and posted on the Board of Education agenda to provide all stakeholders with up-to-date information on how the school is progressing in meeting its goals. The April reports did not include academic data as there were only two weeks between the previous month’s report and the deadline for submitting the April Report.

Tentative Budget Approval Presentation [Action]

Lonita Broome, Chief Financial Officer, presented the proposed tentative FY23 budget for approval. The budget presentation can be viewed here starting at 1:35:04. The Board unanimously approved the tentative FY23 budget, including the budgets for capital projects, special revenue funds, and nutrition, which includes a 50-cent increase in school nutrition meals. The final FY23 budget approval and tentative approval of the millage rate will take place at the May Board of Education meeting at 6:30 pm. Prior to the May 10 board meeting, a public hearing on the budget will be held at 6:15 pm. Public comment and input are appreciated. Additionally, the budget feedback link is active, and public comments and suggestions can be submitted via the link at https://forms.gle/CGXXUL6BWWiGKBXF6.

Grading Task Force Update [Discussion]

Dr. Kristy Beam, Assistant Superintendent, shared an overview presentation on the work of the Equity in Grading Task Force. Dr. Beam’s presentation can be viewed here starting at 1:49:13.

Superintendent Search [Discussion]

The Board discussed the three firms that presented at previous work sessions about conducting the superintendent search. The Board unanimously selected the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) to facilitate the superintendent search.

Board of Education Meeting Information

Next Board Meeting: Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 PM.

Link to Join Board Meeting: https://csdecatur.zoom.us/j/95614159391

Board Agenda(s): To access the CSD Board of Education meeting agenda(s), supporting documents, and meeting minutes, go to Simbli Solutions.

Public Comments: Click here for information on how to sign-up to speak at a CSD Board meeting.

Contacting Board Members: Letters and email are effective ways to make your views known. Email the entire Board at board@csdecatur.net. Click here to view board member bios and contact information.