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Some Dekalb County Schools may be forced to Close, Parents rally to SAVE LIVSEY Elementary
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Some Dekalb County Schools may be forced to Close, Parents rally to SAVE LIVSEY Elementary

Tucker, GA--  (submitted by the Save Livsey Task Force)

As you are likely aware, the DeKalb County School System (DCSS) is currently preparing its ten-year master plan for the school district, known as "2020 Vision." A significant component of the plan concerns the consolidation (or closing) and redistricting of schools throughout the district.

This past Monday, the Consolidation/Redistricting plan (Plan) was presented to the Board of Education. The Plan consists of a centralized option and a decentralized option. Details, including maps, of the plan can be found at the DCSS website or at www.SAVELIVSEY.org. Meetings for public input on the Plan have been scheduled for the second and third weeks of this month (see below for dates, times, locations).

Unfortunately, the centralized option recommends closing Livsey Elementary and splitting the students between Midvale, Brockett and Smoke Rise Elementary schools. Under the decentralized option, Livsey would remain open and approximately 100 current Livsey children would be displaced to Midvale Elementary (these children live to the south and east of the school). Fifty-one children currently attending Pleasantdale Elementary, and 63 children currently attending Evansdale Elementary, would be re-assigned to Livsey under this scenario. Additionally 110 children would be moved from Pleasantdale to Evansdale and 50 children would be moved from Midvale to Brockett.

RECOMMENDATION: We would like to recommend that the current Livsey school district remain intact keeping the current student body in attendance.  Additionally, we propose that DCSS can extend the district and re-assign students to Livsey from adjacent schools to increase the Livsey student population to 450.   An enrollment of 450 students insures that Livsey will be fully funded by the state. 

Earlier today, members of the Livsey Parent Task Force, Livsey PTA and Livsey School Council met to discuss and plan how we want to respond to these options. Our first plan of action is to ask all Livsey families to write a letter to the interim Superintendent and the Board of Education (we've provided some bullet points below for you to use in crafting your letter). In order to hand deliver these letters to the Superintendent and Board of Education prior to next week's meetings, we request that all letters be delivered to Livsey on or before this coming Monday, January 10, 2011 (you can send them via your child's courier; teachers will be instructed to forward all letters to the school office). On Monday afternoon, several parents will deliver the letters to the District office.

Second, we are asking Livsey parents and concerned citizens to show your support and attend as many of the public input meetings as possible. Please come dressed in your Livsey spirit wear. The dates, time and locations for the meetings are:

  • Tuesday, January 11, 2011 (6:30 p.m.):  Miller Grove High School
  • Thursday, January 13, 2011 (6:30 p.m.):  Chamblee High School
  • Tuesday, January 18, 2011 (6:30 p.m.):  McNair High School
  • Thursday, January 20, 2011 (6:30 p.m.):  Stone Mountain High School

 The more Livsey people we have present at these meetings, the greater the opportunity we as a school community have to be heard.

Finally, visit our new website at www.SAVELIVSEY.org. On this website, you will find information on ways you can be involved to help keep Livsey open. Community flyers are being prepared so that ALL your neighbors are aware that their neighborhood school...Livsey Elementary...could be closed. You can also click here to forward this email to concerned friends and neighbors.  We are asking Tucker area businesses to get involved, too.  If Livsey closes, it will have a devastating impact on our community, our neighborhoods, and our way of life.

Thank you in advance for doing all you can to help keep our wonderful community school open.

Sincerely,

The Save Livsey Task Force

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