First redistricting meeting set for 2 new elementary schools

The first of three public meetings regarding redistricting for two new Sandy Springs elementary schools will be held on Oct. 23.

The meeting, which will be held at North Springs High School from 7 to 9 p.m., will address the Fulton County School System’s redistricting process for the new school attendance zones.

One elementary school currently under construction off Lake Forrest Drive is scheduled to open in August of 2008. The second school, for which the county has not yet broken ground at its Ison Road location, is still in the planning and design phase and is projected to open in August of 2009.

Existing attendance zones at other Sandy Springs elementary schools will be modified to create the new schools’ attendance zone and both schools are being redistricted at the same time to insure a consistent, long-range vision of attendance zones in the Sandy Springs area.

During the first meeting, the school system staff will outline the redistricting process and establish ground rules for facilitated small-group input sessions. Participants will move from small-group sessions while input is gathered related to the redistricting criteria. Staff will also review public comments and apply school board-approved criteria to develop alternative attendance zone plans prior to the second community forum.

The remaining public meetings will be held on Nov. 13 and Dec. 10, also at North Springs High School. For more information on the redistricting process or the criteria used for drawing district lines, visit

Two teachers receive Science Award

Two local teachers have received the Siemens Science Teacher Award, which recognizes exceptional middle and high school, public and private school, science educators who go the extra mile to motivate and inspire their students.

Rochelle Lofstrand Hamby from North Springs Charter School of Arts and Sciences in Sandy Springs and Frankie Long from Sutton Middle School in Buckhead are one of 10 teachers who were presented a trophy during a special awards ceremony held at the Fernbank Museum on Oct. 3.

Sponsored by the Siemens Foundation and in partnership with the Fernbank Museum, the first green-inspired Science Teacher Awards highlight environmental stewardship, a message at the core of Fernbank’s programming. A number of teachers have participated in Fernbank’s UrbanWatch Atlanta Initiative, an environmental education program that trains students and teachers to conduct biodiversity inventories in their local greenspaces while providing an unparalleled opportunity to observe and engage with their surroundings. Other teachers were selected by their county science coordinators for their dedication, initiative and creativity.

74 Fulton School buses are going green

Seventy-four Fulton County school buses are about to become the cleanest-burning vehicles on the road. These school buses are being retrofitted with Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF), a special filter that reduces emissions by up to 98 percent. A DPF reduces the particulate mass in the exhaust gas stream by capturing ultrafine particles.