• Letter from Erroll Davis  

    Demographic Study Guiding Principles (01/19/12)

    Ranking of Priorities 

    Priority One

    •          Propose boundaries that will be functional for 10 years based on forecasted enrollment. 

    •          Attempt to assign students to schools located closest to their homes. Allow K-8 students to walk where possible.  The proximity of ES’s to MS’s should be maximized.

    •          Attempt to maximize/keep the school feeder concept intact. No more split feeders.  Clusters only.

    •          When evaluating consolidation/closure scenarios and determining which facilities should be retained vs. closed, consideration should be given to minimizing disruption to established educational programming (retain existing IB programs, magnet schools, etc.) 

    •          Ensure student safety and transportation efficiency by using major highway corridors and geographic features as zone boundaries. Give weight to traffic patterns, energy efficiency, etc. Consider time spent on buses. 

    •          Assume NAHS capacity of 2400. 

    •          Minimize impacts on areas that have been redistricted within the last three years.

    •          Recommend school consolidation/closures in areas where forecasted enrollment does not support multiple schools.

    •          Attempt to avoid splitting neighborhoods. (Neighborhood boundaries are determined by generally accepted definitions used by the City of Atlanta).


    Priority Two 

    •          Favor the retention of newer/larger facilities which have benefitted from recent capital investment in expansion or renovation. 

    •          Retain more accessible, less congested school sites which have better transportation access and can accommodate future long-term expansion beyond the forecast period of this study.

    •          When consolidating, to the extent possible, avoid closing a high performing school to send children to a lower performing school.

    •          Don’t eliminate an IB school within an IB cluster.

    •          Retain ES splitting (K-3, 4-5) as a planning tool.

    •          Consider SPLOST funded school expansions as a planning tool. 

    •          Be careful in moving students from high performing ES’s to low performing MS’s.

    •          Balance current utilization of retained buildings to 80% to 90% of capacity.  

    •          In at least one model, minimize the number of transfers across the board.


    Priority Three

    •          Before closing a school, consider the robustness of its partner support.

    •          No K-8 schools planning until Board reviews/resolves policy issues.

    •          Eliminate the 9th Grade Academy as a stand alone facility.

Last Modified on February 14, 2012