The purpose of this letter is to provide you updates regarding Fernbank Elementary School’s move into the new building. Due to construction matters at the site related to rock, unsuitable soils, and an extremely rainy and wet winter, the completion date for our new school is now set for September 6, 2015.
Although the completion date is early September, I have asked the District to delay our move until the Thanksgiving Break to prevent any disruptions in the preparation and administration of assessments during the month of October, and the District has been more than willing to accept and support this request. Furthermore, the District is prepared to offer the necessary personnel and equipment to make sure that all grade levels move over the Thanksgiving Break, so that when all students return from spending the holiday with their families, they will all be in their new building.
A more detailed explanation and the steps being taken to mitigate the issue will be presented to the DeKalb Board of Education by Mr. Joshua Williams, Chief Operations Officer, along with the contractor on Monday, May 4, 2015, at the Board’s work session. Join me in continuing the work to prepare for the new Fernbank Elementary School. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you.
Briarcliff Mansion façade, 1930s
There is a once-grand mansion in our midst on Briarcliff Road. Blocked from view by a tall stone wall and thick overgrowth, it is easy to miss. Built for Asa “Buddie” Candler, Jr., and his family in the early 1920s, the 42-acre estate came to include greenhouses, a terraced garden, a swimming pool where neighborhood children were welcome, a bathhouse, a commercial laundry, a dairy, and a (short-lived) private zoo. This mansion has fallen on hard times.
The Coca-Cola tycoon Asa Candler and his wife had four sons (and a daughter) who all built their homes in Druid Hills. The patriarch himself built a one-story home in Druid Hills when his wife became incapacitated. And at least three Candler grandchildren received houses in Druid Hills as wedding presents (or so the story goes). These are the houses that “Coca-Cola built.” Read more
Plein Air artists in the Olmsted Park
The Plein Air Invitational made its debut on April 22 with 30 master artists and 100+ students painting and observing in all six segments of Druid Hills’ Olmsted Linear Park. During Wednesday’s welcome dinner at the Cherokee Town and Country Club, artists, patrons, and sponsors viewed the club’s own collection of plein air paintings. On other evenings, neighborhood residents Ann and Frank Critz opened their garden for a champagne celebration and Martha and Toby Brooks presented bluegrass music at their home.
Arkansas painter Jason Sacran won Olmsted Best in Show for “Off North Ponce” (Springdale Park) and Richard Oversmith of North Carolina won the Matisse Award of Excellence for “”Dancing Light in the Woods” (Deepdene Park). Other winners included Woody Cyrus for “Olmsted Reds,” Yer Za Vue for “Afternoon in the Sun,” Chuck Marshall for “View from the Park,” Jonathan McPhillips for “Trickle,” and Hui Lai Chong for “Druid Hills Moonlight.” Read more
A 200-year old American Beech tree that grows in the Lullwater Conservation Garden has won first place out of a field of eight in Trees Atlanta’s March Madness Tournament. The tree is 121.7 feet tall with a circumference of 12.4 feet. It will be honored on May 7 at the Root Ball. The tree itself will not be able to attend the ball, but Druid Hills residents are welcome. Trees Atlanta deserves our support.
As the 2015 legislative session draws to a close, two new maps have been released. The first one depicts annexation of part of unincorporated DeKalb County to the City of Atlanta. The second one shows the annexation plan of the City of Decatur. Both are revisions of previous maps. Larger versions: Atlanta Annexation Map, Decatur Annexation Map
City of Atlanta Annexation
City of Decatur Annexation