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

    2015-2016 Calendar

    Teachers will have a full week of planning starting Aug 3, 2015. First day of school is Aug 10, 2015. There will be a total of 180 days of class and 190 work days, no Fall Break and the last day of school is May 26, 2016 with a post planning day on May 27.

  • 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 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.

  • DeKalb Schools OSD

    DeKalb Adds Schools to OSD List

    May 11, 2016 – For the DeKalb County School District, the new list of qualifying schools included three removed schools and six added schools for a net gain of three schools totaling 28.

  • DeKalb County School District

    FactChecker Reviews Chairman Johnson on the TAD

    May 9, 2016 – The FactChecker staff is very concerned about Dr. Johnson’s understanding of the Doraville TAD and how TADs work among other numerous other inaccurate statements he made on WABE 90.1 last week.

  • Regional Superintendent Micro Cabinet

    Regional Superintendents and Their Micro Cabinet

    May 4, 2016 – The administration is decentralizing decision making by placing human capital and operational services in the field with the Regional Superintendent in a team dubbed “The Micro Cabinet”.

  • Doraville TAD Assembly

    TAD – Q&A – Open Discussion

    April 29, 2016 – A majority of the Board of Education declined coming together to learn more about the TAD. Luke Howe, the Economic Development Director for the City of Doraville, answers my questions about the TAD and the Assembly project.

  • Search Firm

    DeKalb Schools – Search Firm Update

    April 27, 2016 – Recently, the AJC published a number of critiques of Superintendent Green regarding his use of the search firm. The following is a Search Firm Update from the administration.

  • Lisa Martin

    Central Office ReOrg Phase III

    April 25, 2016 – At the business meeting last week, the Board of Education approved Phase III of the Central Office Reorganization to include the appointment of senior-level personnel, reclassification of existing positions, creation of new positions, elimination of existing positions, and the realignment of existing positions.

  • Superintendent Stephen Green

    Superintendent Green Believes E-SPLOST V Language Meets Requirements

    April 21, 2016 – Superintendent Stephen Green responds to Fran Millar explaining why the E-SPLOST V referendum has a constitutionally sufficient description of the specific capital outlay projects.

  • Fran Millar, E-SPLOST

    Sen. Fran Millar - Not a Fan of the E-SPLOST Language

    Sen. Fran Millar Not a Fan of the E-SPLOST Language April 20, 2016 – State Senator Fran Millar relays the numerous complaints he has received about the lack of a project list in the E-SPLOST referendum and his concerns about the possible vulnerabilities to a legal challenge in an open letter to Superintendent Green.

  • Knox Phillips, DeKalb County School District

    Opting Out of the Georgia Milestones Tests

    April 18, 2016 – Can parents opt out of Milestones testing? Will the school, district or student be penalized for opting out? What should parents do if they would like to opt out?Knox Phillips answers some questions about Georgia Milestones testing.