City Schools of Decatur Board of Education - July 2022
City Schools of Decatur Board of Education
(left to right)
Mr. James Herndon, Vice ChairDr. Carmen Sulton, Board Member
Mrs. Jana Johnson-Davis, Chair
Dr. Maggie Fehrman, Superintendent
Ms. Tasha White, Board Member
Mr. Hans Utz, Board Member
I hope our district administrators enjoyed their break, and I hope our students and teachers are enjoying the remaining few weeks of the summer break. Dr. Fehrman and her team are working hard to ensure a smooth and exciting start to the school year while the Board is priming itself to engage in the superintendent search, the development of a new strategic plan, and the revision of our policy manual. As we all prepare for the work of the upcoming school year, I would like to challenge the CSD community to remember to be present and appreciate the moments of today. For me, that has been one of the biggest lessons of the pandemic.
And speaking of lessons, despite the fact that school is out, our CSD students and teachers continue to excel!
NAACP DeKalb Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) competition
Congratulations to the Decatur students that competed in the DeKalb County Branch of the NAACP’s ACT-SO competition.
Decatur High winners for the local competition include gold medalists: Salmoncain Smith-Shomade, Ana Villavasso, and Sultan Ziyad. These students are also DHS 2022 graduates.
Rising junior Audrey Ferguson Brown, rising sophomore Jackson Jeffrey, and rising senior Asha Foley were all Bronze medalists (along with Ana Villavasso and Salmoncain Smith-Shomade, who both also earned bronze medals for other categories).
Clairemont EL Education Credential Renewal
Congratulations to the Clairemont Crew on their EL Education Credential renewal! The EL Team shared this about Clairemont:
“This milestone recognizes your school’s continued incredible work and impact for students.
Clairemont Elementary School continues to demonstrate excellence and equity for students through the implementation of the EL Education model”.
Keep up the good work, Clairemont Crew!
CSD Teachers Receive Computer Science Endorsement
Congratulations to Ms. Voshonda Bolton (Beacon Hill Middle School) and Ms. Deirdre Pierce (Decatur High School) for completing the Computer Science Endorsement requirement for Georgia Professional Standards. Both teachers took on this challenge when they were hired by CSD, and they have been excellent professionals in the short time they have been with us. Congratulations again, Ms. Bolton and Ms. Pierce!
Board Consent Agenda Items
FY 23 Budget Amendment [Action]
Dr. Fehrman gave a presentation on the proposed budget amendment. The Board discussed and approved the proposed budget amendment, which includes adding personnel and operating expenses to the FY2023 Budget. Other modifications include revenue revisions to the FY2023 beginning fund balance and the projected revenue for property tax based on receipt of the tax digest. Dr. Fehrman’s presentation and the amendment document can be found on the Board Meeting agenda here.
BOE Policy - Divisive Concepts [Action]
HB 1084, passed in the 2022 legislative session, requires school boards to adopt a new policy for how the school system will review complaints raised from stakeholders about potentially divisive concepts being taught in schools. Dr. Fehrman shared additional information about the requirements for this policy, including a provision that prevents CSD from waiving this policy as a Charter System. The policy was drafted by the Georgia School Boards Association and was adopted unanimously by the Board.
State of Departments [Discussion]
Each department at the Wilson Center will share a State of the Department report for the Board’s consideration. The Equity and Student Services, State and Federal Programs, and Teaching and Learning departments shared their reports this month.
2023-2024 and 2024-2025 Academic Calendar Survey Results [Discussion]
The district received feedback from stakeholders via a survey and narrative staff feedback on the proposed options for the 23-24 and 24-25 academic calendars. Unfortunately, no consensus was reached on which option we should select. Therefore, based on the feedback, Dr. Fehrman and her team will work on additional options for the Board to consider at the next regular meeting.
Math Course Options for Acceleration Overview [Discussion]
Dr. Kristy Beam, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, presented information and an overview of the new math course options.
The Georgia DOE recommended math pathways and options for enhanced courses, which offer both the rigor and opportunity for more equitable participation in high-level mathematics we are seeking for our students. Rather than very high criteria, the new options become true decision points for students and families based on individual student achievement, motivation, and mathematical goals.
We are continuing our current practice for the 22-23 school year. With the schedules/staffing already being determined, the team decided that rolling out changes for the next school year would not allow for enough advanced notification for the school structure. A communication plan is in place for students/families in the fall of the 22-23 school year. Implementation of the recommended changes begins in the spring of 2023, as we are planning staffing and scheduling for students.
Board Training for 2022-2023
The Board discussed training for their required training hours.
Board of Education Meeting Information
Next Board Meeting: Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 9, at 6:30 PM.
Link to Join Board Meeting: https://csdecatur.zoom.us/j/95614159391
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