Stan Jester

Stan Jester is the DeKalb School Board District 1 representative, a parent, active school volunteer, education blogger and IT professional. He is dedicated to reforms in DeKalb that put the classroom first and protect the taxpayer from wasteful spending.


  • DeKalb Schools Calendar

    2016-2017 Calendar

    Each school year, DeKalb County School District convenes a group of stakeholders to form a committee charged with exploring calendar options.

  • DeKalb Schools Calendar

    2017-2018 Calendar

    Aug 7, 2017 – First Day of School
    Oct 5 – 9, 2017 – Fall Break
    Dec 21, 2017 – Jan 2, 2018 – Winter Break
    Feb 16 – 19, 2018 – Feb Break

  • Peachtree Middle Baseball Fields

    Austin Rebuild – Approved by BOE

    October 5, 2016 – On Monday, the DeKalb Schools Board unanimously approved an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for the purchase, sale and exchange of land with the City of Dunwoody. After everything is said and done, DeKalb Schools will pay the City of Dunwoody $3.6 million.

  • Stan Jester

    DeKalb Board – OSD – Minority Report

    October 3, 2016 – Last month the DeKalb Board of Education passed a resolution to oppose the governor’s Opportunity School District (OSD). The resolution was not unanimous, this is my minority report.

  • North DeKalb Clusters

    FINAL RECOMMENDATION - Secondary Schools Study

    September 28, 2016 – To address over crowding in North DeKalb, the administration recommends adding a lot of seats to Lakeside HS, Dunwoody HS and Chamblee HS. Doraville will not get their own cluster this time.

  • Cross Keys High School

    Cross Keys HS & Sequoyah MS Secondary Schools Study Position

    September 23, 2016 – Here’s a News Flash – Doraville doesn’t want their own cluster. Doraville and the Cross Keys Cluster community want to go to Dunwoody MS/HS, Chamblee MS/HS and what is shaping up to be Brookhaven HS (either rebrand CKHS or build a new one).

  • Facilities Planning

    Evolution of Facility Planning & Feasibility Study Options

    September 14, 2016 – The options coming from the secondary facility planning and feasibility study have evolved from round to round. I asked the school district to help us understand how the options have evolved into what we are looking at now in round 3.

  • Facilities Planning

    Key Takeaways Facilities Study – Round 3 Meetings

    September 12, 2016 – Following the Round 3 public presentation, the audience broke down into small groups and moved into classrooms where they discussed with facilitators the pros & cons of the 3 options.

  • Facilities Planning

    FAQ – Facility Planning & Feasibility Study

    September 11, 2016 – Are there maps available that show which students would be redistricted under each option? Was the impact on common areas or traffic considered? How would the school district pay for these options if either is approved?

  • Standardized Tests

    How to Qualify for Gifted Services

    September 5, 2016 – Lisa Martin is DeKalb Schools’ new Chief Academic and Accountability Officer. Knox Phillips is the Director of Research, Assessments, and Grants at the DeKalb County School District. Lisa Martin and Knox Phillps help us understand “How to Qualify for Gifted Services”.

  • Facilities Planning

    Facilities Planning Online Survey – Current Results

    August 31, 2016 – As of high noon on Tuesday Aug 30, there were almost 1,200 responses to the facilities planning online survey. Here is what people are saying thus far.

  • DeKalb County School District

    Round 3 – DeKalb Secondary School Facility Planning and Feasibility Study

    August 25, 2016 – Round 3 of a study based on public input on how to address overcrowding in middle and high schools. The scope of the study was later expanded to include renovation and capacity recommendations for middle and high school facilities in all regions.

  • School Council

    School Council Fact Sheet

    August 24, 2016 – Local School Councils are gearing up for Fall elections. Resolutions from a school council, a cluster of councils or region of school councils would weigh heavily on administrative and board level decisions.

  • DeKalb County School District

    Making a Big School District Feel Small

    August 18, 2016 – How do you make a big school district feel small? None of the state’s solutions will work county wide in DeKalb, but this is what we are doing.

  • Georgia Milestones

    Georgia Milestones Top 100 High Schools In Georgia

    August 17, 2016 – Where did your high school rank in the state – Spring 2016 Georgia Milestones results?

  • Charter Schools - School Choice

    Magnets & Charters - Lines – Waiting Lists – Queues

    August 15, 2016 – What do you think of when you see queues of 400+ people? Today that might mean the release of a new iPhone, or a Chick-Fil-A opening, or Black Friday.

  • Chamblee Charter High School

    Chamblee Magnet Moving? It’s Still On The Table

    August 10, 2016 – Is the option to move the Chamblee Magnet Program still on the table? Superintendent Green refutes any communications saying it’s off the table.

  • DeKalb Secondary School Facility Planning and Feasibility Study

    Cost Estimates Planning and Feasibility Study Options

    July 20, 2016 – Based on 2022 enrollment projections, the Steering Committee discussed these Cost Estimates for the four potential options to address current and pending capacity needs.

  • Vickie Turner DeKalb Board Member

    Brookhaven Needs to Acknowledge John Lewis

    July 14, 2016 – “Do you believe Brookhaven would chose to name their new elementary school after John Lewis?” – No. Brookhaven needs to come into this century and acknowledge John Lewis, says Vickie Turner, School Board Member from District 5.

  • Chamblee Charter High School

    Chamblee Magnet Program

    July 13, 2016 – Any truth to the rumor of moving the magnet program from Chamblee Middle and Chamblee High? Steering committees discussed the pros and cons of the following four potential options to address current and pending capacity needs.

  • Brookhaven

    John Lewis ES Brookhaven’s New Elementary School

    July 10, 2016 – In May the DeKalb BOE announced agreements with the City of Brookhaven and the Georgia State Properties Commission to acquire 11.2 acres at Skyland Park for a new elementary school. The new school going up in Brookhaven to be named John Lewis Elementary.

  • DeKalb County

    County SPLOST Proposal – Unacceptable

    July 7, 2016 – Fire Stations located within the city limits of any city have been removed from the Final SPLOST Project List no matter their current state of disrepair. Commissioner Nancy Jester’s thoughts on the County SPLOST project list.

  • Teachers

    North DeKalb Teacher Vacancy Report

    June 24, 2016 – Marlon Walker with the AJC is reporting 2,000 teacher vacancies in Metro Atlanta for the upcoming school year as of June 2016. 372 teacher vacancies across DeKalb Schools. How many teacher positions are vacant at your high school?

  • Budget

    Approved FY2017 Budget Highlights

    June 22, 2016 – Here are the highlights for the budget and millage rate approved by the DeKalb County Board of Education last night. I was the lone dissenting vote for both the millage rate and

  • DeKalb Teacher

    Teacher/Principal Vacancy Report

    June 15, 2016 – Across the 5 DeKalb Schools regions, as of June 6, there are 391 teacher vacancies. The school district will employ 3 recruitment strategies over the Summer to fill these vacancies. Region 2 has a plurality of the teacher vacancies.

  • DeKalb County School District

    Academic Promotion Policy

    June 2, 2016 – Monday the DeKalb Board of Education will be discussing and voting on a new DeKalb Promotion and Retention Policy. Let me know your thoughts on this proposed policy.

  • Property Taxes

    Proposed Property Tax Increase For DeKalb

    June 1, 2016 – The DeKalb County School District announced last week its intention to increase property taxes this year by 8.71 percent.

  • DeKalb Commissioner Nancy Jester

    NO on E-SPLOST – Here’s Why

    May 18, 2016 – “On May 24th voters across DeKalb will see an e-SPLOST referendum on their ballot. If approved, it will be the fifth, 5-year e-SPLOST program for DeKalb County School District. What have we gotten for the almost $2 billion, over 20 years, of the e-SPLOST program? What can we expect from an e-SPLOST V?” –Nancy Jester.

  • Doraville TAD Assembly

    GM Plant Site Developers Straighten Out The Facts

    May 16, 2016 – A few days ago WABE 90.1’s Martha Dalton and Rose Scott took a Closer Look with Egbert Perry and Eric Pinckney, developers of the Doraville GM Plant site. “DeKalb County experienced $1.6 billion dollars lost in its tax digest over the last 5 years while everyone else was growing during the recovery from the recession. I don’t believe that’s coincidental” –Egbert Perry.

  • Melvin Johnson

    DeKalb Schools Board Chair Talks TAD

    May 15, 2016 – Doraville was home to a GM production plant from 1947 to 2008. I sat down with DeKalb Schools Board of Education Chair, Dr. Melvin Johnson, to discuss the redevelopment and financing the infrastructure improvements.

  • Doraville TAD Assembly

    What is a TAD

    May 14, 2016 – A Tax Allocation District (TAD) is a financing mechanism in Georgia that allows a community to “allocate” increases in taxes generated by new development within a defined area to pay for capital improvements to that area.

  • Budget

    DeKalb Schools Proposed 2016-2017 Budget

    May 13, 2016 – Total expenditures in all funds including the General fund, ESPLOST (capital outlay) and grants (special revenue), is $1.2 billion.