Monday, April 23, 2012
McDaniel and other board members hear Summerhill's concerns.
Summerhill residents spoke loudly Friday night at a specially called meeting to discuss their concerns at being zoned to D.H. Stanton Elementary School in Peoplestown, when the neighborhood asked and initially got zoning to attend Parkside Elementary in Grant Park. The decision to move Summerhill follows the Atlanta Public Schools' Board of Education April 10 vote to close seven schools instead of 10 as district Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr. recommended. D.H. Stanton itself was a last-minute surprise on the tentative closure list but the Peoplestown community, in a 10-day tilt-a-whirl of activity, managed to keep its school open. As a result, APS decided that moving Summerhill, which lost its zoned primary school, Cook Elementary, to …
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Residents speak in one voice: Parkside.
Summerhill residents came out in full force Friday night to discuss the Atlanta Public Schools redistricting plan that has the neighborhood zoned to attend D.H. Stanton Elementary. At a packed, specially called meeting, residents — long timers and newcomers alike — spoke in one voice, advocating for an earlier plan to be zoned for Parkside Elementary. Summerhill is currently zoned for Cook Elementary in Capitol Gateway. But Cook, an underperforming school, is closing under APS' redistricting plans. An earlier plan had the neighborhood zoned for Parkside Elementary in Grant Park and D.H. Stanton, another underperforming and under enrolled school located in Peoplestown closing. But when the Peoplestown community successfully rallied to keep …
Friday, April 20, 2012
A lifelong Atlantan and Summerhill native, Jones loved people, kids.
Atlanta Housing Authority board member Wayne Jones died Friday following a brief illness. He was 77. Jones, a lifelong Atlantan, was born in the Summerhill neighborhood and was a 1952 graduate of the former David T. Howard High School in Old Fourth Ward. He went on to attend Morehouse College and along with his family, ran several entertainment hotspots in the Sweet Auburn corridor that hosted many musical greats including B.B. King, Dionne Warrick, James Brown and Lena Horne. "Wayne loved people and especially kids," Jones' brother, Q.P. Jones, said. "He tried to help as many people as he could." Wayne Jones was a lifetime member and former trustee of Allen Temple A.M.E. Church and a board member of Metro Atlanta Respite and Developmental…
Zoning Summerhill to D.H. Stanton Elementary violates 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause, residents say.
An Atlanta attorney who lives in the Summerhill community sent a letter the Atlanta Public Schools' Board of Education asking it to review the district's decision to zone the neighborhood to D.H. Stanton Elementary because it violates the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause. Summerhill contends D.H. Stanton, in the Peoplestown neighborhood, is a low performing school. To be rezoned there is unfair to Summerhill when the neighborhood lobbied for and ended up being zoned to higher performing Parkside Elementary in Grant Park. "Parents in the Summerhill neighborhood feel their rights under the Fourteenth Amendment (Equal Protection Clause) may be violated if their children are sent to D. H. Stanton Elementary," reads the April 18 letter …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
District: Rezoning Summerhill to D.H. Stanton makes the most sense.
In recent days, the Summerhill community has been abuzz with the Atlanta Public Schools' decision to move the neighborhood from Parkside Elementary School's attendance zone to that of D.H. Stanton in Peoplestown. The attendance zones are still tentative and the APS Board of Education, which voted last week to close seven schools, must approve the most recent maps, district spokesman Keith Bromery told East Atlanta Patch. Bromery e-mailed a statement explaining the district's reasoning behind rezoning Summerhill to D.H Stanton, even though it wants to remain at Parkside: "The Board will decide individual school zoning changes in the near future. No changes are anticipated at this point regarding the proposed zoning changes associated with …
All options are on the table.
On April 10, when the Atlanta Public Schools' Board of Education voted to close seven schools and enact a set of recommendations put forth by the superintendent, Summerhill residents were happy. Despite the marathon meeting that went into the early hours of April 11, the plan, as Summerhill knew it, called for the neighborhood to be rezoned to Parkside Elementary School in Grant Park. But when APS released its tentative maps for the new attendance zones in the late afternoon of April 13, Summerhill was moved to D.H. Stanton Elementary in Peoplestown. The neighborhood, which called an emergency meeting on Sunday and plans to meet with APS board members this Friday, is outraged at what residents say is a last-minute switcheroo. Since then, …
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Robbery occurred in lot near Braves Stadium
Sunday, April 8, 2012
'This is a phenomenal opportunity for our children.'
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Editor's note: The Organized Neighbors of Summerhill supports the final plan developed by Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr. This is the letter ONA sent to district officials, which it shared with East Atlanta Patch. To: Superintendent Erroll Davis and the Atlanta Board of Education The Summerhill community wholeheartedly supports Atlanta Public Schools final demographic map and recommendations that were released on March 31, 2012. We request that the Atlanta Board of Education vote to approve the recommendations on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. We believe the recommendation to zone Summerhill to Parkside, will meet the needs of our children and families that have been displaced by the closure of Ed Cook Elementary. This …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Parkside Elementary is a "phenomenal opportunity" for Summerhill.
For months, as the Atlanta Public Schools redistricting morphed into a final plan the APS Board of Education will vote on next week, a small cadre of parents from Summerhill pushed their two-word solution: Parkside Elementary. The tiny neighborhood got its wish as APS Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr.'s final plan includes rezoning Summerhill to Parkside, which is in neighboring Grant Park. But Summerhill is seeking a little extra insurance; some in the neighborhood have created a petition on Change.org — Support Summerhill to Parkside — to impress upon the board, just how much they want that scenario as the final outcome. Though currently zoned to attend Cook Elementary in the Capitol Gateway neighborhood to the north, the most vocal …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
11-year-old dog has gone missing from the Grant Park/Summerhill area.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Thursday, March 22, 2012
A reward is being offered to reuinte Sesto, an 11-year-old Shiba Inu who has gone missing from the Grant Park/Summerhill area. Reddish-brown in coloring with a curled tail, she weighs about 25 pounds and is friendly. If you've seen her, please call 678.427.6304 or send a text to 404.432.9413.