District 4 Board of Education Member Nancy Meister said she’s not quite sure why a rifle range at the North Atlanta High School received widespread media attention.

It’s something that’s been in place at the school since 2009, she said.

“That news wasn’t new news,” Meister said during a Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods meeting on Aug. 15.

The range is for the school’s JROTC

The non-news was reported by the following news websites:

The Huffington Post



The Daily Caller


Meister said the opening of the new high school, located in a former IBM Campus on Northside Parkway was “flawless.”

She said the school’s cost, $147 million, was due to its size and location. It will accommodate future growth in the North Atlanta cluster of Atlanta Public Schools, she said.

“It’s just going to be a great place,” she said. “It did cost a little bit more than the others but it’s quite larger.”

Meister also talked about the search for a new APS Superintendent. A search committee and search firm are looking for a replacement for Superintendent Erroll Davis. Meister said it’s unlikely the Board of Education will approve hiring a new superintendent until after the Nov. 5 elections.

Meister described her ideal candidate for the job.

“I would like to see transparency, someone who believes in this decentralization concept, someone who understands that APS is not a one-size fits all district,” she said.

School Board Member Courtney English was also at the BCN meeting and gave his take.

English said he wants a superintendent who will give schools more autonomy than they currently have.

“Education isn’t something that needs to be done to people. It needs to be done with people,” he said.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com