From a NJ kid, to sales executive. Homeowners activist, to Chief of Staff for DeKalb County Commission District 1.
With a new life direction, I am trying to help as many people as I can through building community, community gardens,feeding the hungry and cutting through the red tape and insanity of local and county governments. Maybe even an occasional commentary now and then.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Sunday: Education Day in Dunwoody
This Sunday has turned out to be a day dedicated to the
education of our children in Dunwoody.I
have stayed away from all of the education and school debates in the past.The reason was pretty clear and logical to
me.My kids attended Marist and it never
felt quite right for me to stick my big nose into an issue where I was not truly
a stake holder.
With the recent events at the BOE and Tom Taylor’s billthat would allow new independent school
districts, we all have a stake in what is happening with education in DeKalb.
First, Sunday at 4 PM, there will be a Public forum to
discuss “Improving Education in Dunwoody”.
The forum will be held in the Felowship Hall at Kingswood United Methodist Church. I am sure the conversation will be lively and passionate.I am also sure it will be crowded
Sunday, March 3rd
Cultural Arts Center Room
4 Announcements and introduction of distinguished
visitors 1. Approval of minutes for February 2013 2.
Presentation and discussion with DCSS Interim Superintendent Michael
Thurmond (tentative, based on his travel plans. Will re-schedule to April,
if necessary) 3. Presentation from Matt Hagan, Regency Centers 4.
Presentation and discussion with Michael Starling, City of Dunwoody Director of
Economic Development 5. Discussion of DHA Resolution to support Rep. Tom Taylor’s HR486 6. Discussion of Summer Concert
Series 7. Dunwoody Preservation Trust – Lemonade Days
Sponsorship Votes as needed on any motions during Board only
At 7:30 Sunday night the DHA will be holding its monthly
meeting at the Arts Center on Chamblee Dunwoody.Topics on the agenda include both the
discussion of Rep. Taylor’s House Bill 486 and a visit from Michael Thurmond
the new Superintendent of DeKalb County schools.That I can assure you it will be PACKED.If you want a seat, get there early.
My feelings on all of this now are that I do not think Tom’s
bill will pass. I am probably wrong but
getting a resolution to pass and then getting all the votes and voters in the
State to approve it, is a VERY tall mountain to climb. While I am strongly in favor
of HB 486.I grew up in Paramus NJ.Paramus had its own School Board as did every
town around it.A County School system
never made sense to me.So while I favor
it, my political sense tells me it has less than a 35% chance of moving
Replacing the School Board, while I believe was absolutely
necessary, does cause and raise some serious constitutional questions.Voter nullification should never be taken
lightly.Our worst nightmare will be those
that were ousted (except for Nancy) will be reelected.Then what do we do?Anytime someone can nullify the vote of the
public, we should be concerned.I am not
a constitutional lawyer so we will all await the outcome of the Federal Court
case that will follow.