BriarVista Elementary Update: Removed from list of possible schools closing

Per the AJC article this morning, Dekalb County-which is closing at least 4 elementary schools this summer-has removed BriarVista Elementary from the list of possible schools to close.

BriarVista Elementary is critical to our subdivision in many ways.

A lot of residents don't know much about the school.  Therefore, in the next few months I intend to get information to you from teachers, parents, and the principal of BriarVista Elementary.

Brad Grulke
WHNA, President
phone: (404) 290-4056

DeKabl Budget Cuts / Briar Vista Elementary

I've taken this excerpt from the Briar Vista Elementary PTA website.  There has been a lot of concern because Briar Vista Elementary is on the "short" list of DeKabl schools to be potentially closed.  The below information is to inform and to get you involved.

Important DeKalb Budget Cuts Information

This has been a rocky couple of months for Briar Vista and the DeKalb County Board of Education.  A group of BVS parents has been very involved with the DeKalb County Board of Eduction budget process and have joined together with other Montessori schools to keep the Montessori method of learning safe in our county.  The good news is that our efforts have paid off.  The Board of Education has taken Montessori off of the table and it WILL still be in DeKalb County schools next year.

The next obstacle faced by Briar Vista is that we have been put on a short list of schools slated for possible closure next year.  It is thought that between 4 and 12 schools will be closed.  We are hopeful that Briar Vista will not be one of them.

The best thing to come of all of this turmoil is that our Briar Vista community is joining together.  If we continue to present a united front, we have a great chance of keeping our school here in our neighborhood - and the program will be stronger as a result.

What can you do to help?

Visit the BVS school blog, for the latest information on upcoming board meetings:

Another blog set up by concerned DeKalb parents

Sign up for PTA emails using the button at the bottom of this page.

Read the minutes from our General PTA Meeting on March 9, 2010 here

NorthDruid Hills High School, Renovations Open House

North Druid Hills High School Renovations Open House
January 9th 10am-12pm

I hope everyone had a Happy New Years.  One thing we want to do in 2010 is inform our residents about the neighborhood's School Cluster.  As you may know, Druid Hills High School just underwent major renovations.  They are hosting an open house this Saturday.

Below is an article regarding the improvements.

Druid Hills High Sees Improvements
Source: Community Partnership Update/January 2010

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SRTS Update

SRTS Update
Harriet Hoskyns-Abrahall (from LLCC newsletter)

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) group is moving ahead in planning a Survey of Parents of Briar Vista Elementary School. This will address the distance traveled by students to school now, current obstacles to walking and biking, and desired improvements in the area of the school. The final version will need the approval of the Briar Vista PTA and the coordinator of SRTS for the State of Georgia. It is extremely helpful to have the school's Principal as such an active member of the group.
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