Action Plan Proposed for Dunwoody's School Issues
The school district's update to City Council on July 22 made it clear to me the DeKalb County School District did not follow Dunwoody's process with respect to the new trailer classrooms. Inexplicably, the very first required step was missed.
The City of Dunwoody did immediately issue a "stop work" order, but the missed requirement by the school district was troubling and I believe significant leadership steps are needed.
Early last week, I requested an agenda addition for City Council's August 12 meeting to introduce a 5-part action plan for the DeKalb County School District, its construction and maintenance activities, and the issues we face with limited code enforcement ability against the school district.
The action plan on August 12 will introduce:
1) Strengthening the permitting/inspections process for the school district;
2) Strengthening our recourse for failure of the school district to act;
3) Obtaining a formal second opinion from outside counsel on the limited enforcement issue;
4) Establishing a city policy of pursuing code enforcement to the fullest extent wherever permitted; and
5) Setting a legislative priority for the General Assembly to enact clarifying statutes as it relates to enforcement powers by cities and counties over a school district entity.
What Else? State School Superintendent Invitation
City Council invited the State School Superintendent to attend an upcoming Council meeting. Our local school district must follow guidelines of the Georgia DOE. We have many questions about how and why our local school district is in this situation under the GA DOE oversight and the DeKalb County Board of Education control.
We await word of the State Superintendent's availability, which can also be a Special Called Meeting of City Council to accomodate his schedule.