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APS Redistricting: Inman Park's Official Response To Davis' Proposals

'We strongly recommend a location for the proposed 6th grade seats within the Grady cluster geographic area and are happy to work together as a community to find a mutually agreeable alternative'

Inman Park Neighborhood Association Position Statement:

Re: APS Rezoning Proposals

Inman Park supports the Superintendent’s recommendation for the following reasons:

  • It keeps Inman Park in Mary Lin, Inman and Grady, and preserves our historic feeder pattern.
  • It affords Mary Lin its expansion
  • It creates a cluster focus
  • Provides additional middle school seats for the Grady cluster

We strongly recommend a location for the proposed 6th grade seats within the Grady cluster geographic area and are happy to work together as a community to find a mutually agreeable alternative :

  • Utilize temporary modular classroom space on the Inman Middle School property to facilitate the development of a permanent location.
  • Permanent location possibilities might include:
    • Expansion of the current Inman Middle School facility, or annex on an adjacent or nearby parcel
    • Alternative site within the cluster for a new 6th grade facility, such as:
      • rehabilitation of  the David T Howard school
      • construction of a new facility on a yet to be determined site

Inman Park strongly supports the following:

  1. Cluster Focus: Work together across neighborhoods and schools for a stronger, coherent  Grady cluster consisting of the following feeder elementary schools: Morningside (in its current form), Springdale Park, Mary Lin, Hope-Hill and Centennial Place.
  2. Support the requirements of special needs and gifted students in any implementation plan.
  3. Eliminate administrative transfers to overcrowded schools.
Greg Wilkinson March 17, 2012 at 08:30 PM
The correct solution is to not waste more tax dollars building more schools when you have perfectly good facilities currently in SRT3 that can resolve the overcrowding at both Mary Lin and Inman. Inman Park needs to be rezoned for Hope and then to feed into the Grady cluster. Overcrowding problem solved at Mary Lin without expanding and wasting money. Mary Lin then needs to be rezoned for Coan and then to feed into Grady. Problem solved at Inman without expanding ad wasting money. Both solutions make fiscal sense, use existing underutilized facilities in SRT3 and allow the current Grady cluster to be stay intact. Everyone wins in this. Why can't APS and Mary Lin parents see this? It's so easy a Coan 6th grader could figure it out.
Mash March 18, 2012 at 05:58 PM
The APS message to the neighborhoods of Edgewood/Kirkwood/East Lake was that it was of the upmost importance to save the $500K in operating costs to keep Coan open. Question: if a school system is willing to go to great lengths to save a mere $500K, how can they justify spending any money on to operate a 6th grade academy, much less the millions it will cost to build new or renovate an existing structure for such use? It is not a consistent message. Fully utilizing Coan is the only solution that makes sense. Mary Lin is geographically closer to Coan than to Inman. shifting ML to Coan relieves the overcrowding at Inman, maximizes the use of Coan, and provides significant cost savings to the tax payers of Atlanta. Mary Lin to Coan is the only solution that makes sense for all of Atlanta.
Chris Murphy March 18, 2012 at 07:01 PM
"For all of Atlanta?" Apparently, you're not familiar with what is going on system-wide. One domino affects another in this process. Lin is an elementary school, Coan a middle school. Adding Lin's graduates to Coan still does not get Coan even half-full. Nor would that move solve Inman's problems. Due to Coan's neighbors opposition, and the opposition of those at Inman, APS is looking for an alternative site for the Inman 6th grade 'academy.' And, not moving Coan's kids to King leaves King under-capacity, making for another problem location. It'd be back to the drawing board again for that school. And so on through south Atlanta. Coan and its constituents have our sympathy- these are a lot of big changes to be asked to swallow at once, and the future depends on APS following up on its promise- something it is not known for. You have to be aware of what is happening in other parts of town- SW ATL, for example- to understand that not only are you not the only ones going through school closures and re-zonings, but that since other areas are being asked to deal with the same issues, it is highly unlikely that any more changes to the latest plan will be big ones.
Yep, south of tracks March 19, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Chris - we are well aware. Thanks for your centimeter-deep sympathy. Don't you think it's a problem that only those south of the tracks (SE and SW) are negatively impacted by the redistricting? Meanwhile the have's to the north get everything they want....and renovations/annexes on top of it. It's incredibly unbalanced and continues APS's long tradition of two systems, one for the have's and one for the have not's. This is the problem. I will be happy to admit I'm wrong if you can point out a single wealthy neighborhood that is negatively impacted by the redistricting. And being bussed to an enclave annex for a single year doesn't count.
Chris Murphy March 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM
How about pointing out a "wealthy neighborhood" that has schools under capacity? That is what is driving the re-zoning process. From EL to Edgewood and including E. Atlanta, there are 4 elementary schools that don't fill half their total seats, and a middle school that is only 1/3 full. I and others have advocated to keep 3 of those ES's open, but the MS is a bridge too far- also because the other MS feeding Jackson, King, is at 60%. There's only so much excess capacity we can justify, as other S. ATL areas are dealing with similar issues and concerns, and expect the system to allow it. I use the pronoun "we," because I too am in SE ATL. I've been looking at enrollment numbers for years, as our oldest was approaching high school- I wanted to see how her choices might play out. (Check out the GA DOE site: http://app3.doe.k12.ga.us/ows-bin/owa/fte_pack_enrollgrade.entry_form) I knew Grady & it's magnet - the former school of choice here, if a kid was accepted- would not be available. So, I prepared her- and us- for the challenges of Jackson. I'm on the Local School Council at Jackson, and involved in this re-zoning in other ways. We're doing what we can, pushing APS, the Board and Davis to intensively improve all the levels and offerings in this cluster. So far, they are saying the right things. We will do our best to hold them to their promises. THE problem is the quality of education in S. ATL. I suggest you get behind efforts to improve it.

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