Round 2 School Maps Released

Jan 27 2012

See here for the specifics.

Still analyzing the docs, but at first glance:

Option A has everything staying the same for Candler Park, and Mary Lin gets expanded.

Option B has Candler Park combining with Toomer at the elementary level in a grade center split, and no Mary Lin expansion. But still going to Inman and Grady.

APS Round 2 Maps / Options To Be Released Friday

Jan 26 2012

Reminder: School rezoning options / maps are expected on Friday, Jan 27. They will be posted to the APS web site. The Candler Park education committee is meeting this weekend to craft a response, and this will be vetted by the CPNO board and shared with the neighborhood.

If you care about Candler Park's schools and the future growth of our neighborhood, please attend the APS community meeting THIS MONDAY 1/30 at Jackson High School (801 Glenwood Avenue SE, Atlanta, 30316) at 6:30 pm. This is a very important time for our neighborhood and it's critical that we make our voice heard. 

2012 Sweetwater 420 Fest 5K Race

This year's Sweetwater 420 Fest 5K Road Race will take place on Saturday, April 21st at 9 AM.  The race begins on McLendon Ave near Epworth and we plan to end on Clifton Terrace.  All proceeds will benefit Candler Park Neighborhood Organization, Inc.  Registration links are available through or through Pre-registration entry fees are $28 per runner.  After April 14th, registration is $38 per runner.  The race has sold out for the past several years and this year we're hoping to attract a record 2,200 runners.

I am proposing that CPNO vote at its February meeting on expenditure items associated with producing this year’s race including:

Variable Expenses: $15.75 per runner  

(shirt, beer, wrist band, electronic bib timing)

Fixed Costs: $14,600

(Event Management , Security, Insurance, Porta-Johns, Awards, Contingency, Etc.)

A full, detailed budget will be available at the meeting.  

Sat, 04/21/2012 - 9:00am
McLendon Ave near Epworth

Intown Ten 10K Road Race

From Rob Glancy:

All – we have been busy working on this new 10K Road Race for the past few months, and now we are getting close.  Here are the details:

The Inaugural Intown Ten is scheduled for Sunday March 4, 2012 at 8am.  All proceeds for this race will benefit John Howell Park in Virginia-Highland.  The course has been certified by the USATF and will be chip timed, so you can use your time when you submit your Peachtree Road Race application.

You can register at or in store at Phidippedes Ansley Mall.  It’s going to be a great race, and it is a faster course than many of the 5ks in the neighborhood.  Registrations are streaming in, and we are capping the race at 1,000 runners.  There will be no race day registration so register early to assure a number.

As an added bonus, we have one amazing design for the race shirts, which are part of your registration fee.  The design will be released on Facebook and at in the coming days.

So, whether you are a serious or casual runner, or if you just want to walk the course, we want to see you on race day.  The course and other details are available at

Please feel free to email me with any additional questions or concerns.

Rob Glancy

Sun, 03/04/2012 - 8:00am
Intown Atlanta

City Council Town Hall Meeting with School Board Members

Sent on the behalf of Board Member Cecily Harsch–Kinnane, Educational District 3 and Councilperson Natalyn Mosby Archibong

What:  School Redistricting Town Hall Meeting

When: Jan 25th at 7 pm

Where: Charles R. Drew Charter School, 301 East Lake Boulevard Atlanta, GA 30317

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 7:00pm
Charles R. Drew Charter School, 301 East Lake Boulevard Atlanta, GA 30317

Candler Park Appreciation Week at the Wrecking Bar!

Jan 20 2012

Reposting! Please find a time this week to grab a bite or a pint (or both!) at the Wrecking Bar. It's a great thing they are doing to give money back to the neighborhoods. You'll support a local business AND Candler Park at the same time!


From Bob Sandage of the Wrecking Bar:

The second week in January launches the Wrecking Bar Brewpub's first official series of neighborhood noshes, as each week is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for a local organization. And what better way to boost both camaraderie and generosity than with a pint of beer? To receive a special thank you from the Wrecking Bar, let your server know that you are feasting to support the hood these three weeks when a portion of the sales will benefit the following groups that provide steadfast service to our nearby communities:

Week of Jan. 9: L5P Police Mini Precinct
Week of Jan. 16: Candler Park Neighborhood Association
Week of Jan. 23: Inman Park Security Patrol
About the Wrecking Bar Brewpub:

Originally built as an elegant yet eclectic Victorian-style, single-family home in the early 20th century, the Wrecking Bar Brewpub resides in the former basement of the historic Victor H. Kriegshaber House. Under the ownership of Inman Park residents and homebrewers Bob and Kristine Sandage, the National Historic Register property was artfully restored to its original glory while maintaining the fundamental integrity of the structure. From the specialty brews and craft pub food to the hand-drawn logo and intricate hand-made fixtures throughout, the Wrecking Bar Brewpub is an artisanal gathering spot for the community that took the support of a community to build.  The brewpub is the cornerstone of Inman Park and Little Five Points, located at 292 Moreland Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga., 30307, and serves dinner seven nights a week, lunch on Saturday and brunch on Sunday (Monday through Thursday: 4 pm to 11 pm; Friday: 2 pm to 12 am; Saturday: 12 pm to 12 am; Sunday: 12 pm to 11 pm). For more information, visit or call 404.221.2600.

January Messenger

Jan 17 2012

It's here!

Georgia Marathon

The sixth annual Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, March 18, 2012. The race will pass through Candler Park and several roads will be closed that morning, including part of McLendon Drive. For more information about the race, please visit

Road closures include:

North Ave from North Highland to Candler Park Drive, 7:25 - 9:30am

Candler Park Drive from North Ave to McLendon, 7:25 - 9:30am

McLendon Ave from Candler Park Drive to Clifton, 7:30 - 9:45am

Clifton Road from McLendon to Ponce, 7:30 - 9:45am

The marathon also goes through neighborhoods on virtually all sides of us, so expect road closures all morning.

Sun, 03/18/2012 (All day)

City Council Redistricting Meeting

Editor's notes about why this meeting matters: Atlanta is divided into 12 Council Districts representing between 33,000-37,000 residents each. When census results are posted, our City Council adjusts the District boundaries to try and even up the population (+/- 5%) for each representative.

Candler Park is in District 6 and we have Alex Wan as our representative.  Lake Claire is in City Council District 5 and has Natalyn Archibong. Inman Park is in District 2 and has Kwanza Hall. Though we all go to the same elementary school, our City Council reps vary greatly.

Our City Council is in the midst of redrawing those boundaries. Depending on which map they finally decide on, we will likely end up changing reps to either Kwanzaa Hall or Natalyn Archibong. Get more details at

Recently, in response to concerns from Morningside and Va-Hi about City Council and Atlanta School Board representative district alignment, the map was adjusted to move Grady High School back into District 6 in the new map.
Council is now hearing from many Midtown residents about the same issue and the possibility of changes to the map again.
Per Alex Wan, it appears very likely that the Committee on Council will be finalizing the map on Tuesday, January 17, at 11:15 am. At this meeting there will be a public hearing where citizens will have the opportunity to share your opinions before the map is approved. If you want your voice to be heard on which Council district Grady High School will be placed, please email Council members or attend the public hearing.


Meeting notice from City Hall:


Atlanta City Council’s Redistricting Process


Interested citizens of Atlanta are invited to lend their voices to the City of Atlanta’s Redistricting Process at another public hearing during the next regular meeting of the Atlanta City Council’s Committee on Council.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

11:15 am

Atlanta City Hall

Committee Room 2, Second Floor

55 Trinity Avenue, SW

Atlanta, GA 30303

A copy of the Charter amending Ordinance 11-O-1827 and its attached Plan 6 map under consideration by the Council may be reviewed in the Office of Municipal Clerk at City Hall or visit the City Council website at:

This public hearing pertains to the redrawing of city council district boundaries.

For more redistricting information, please email or call (404) 330-6771.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:15am - 12:15pm
55 Trinity Avenue, SW, Committee Room 2, Second Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303

Recap of January 9 APS Meeting

Jan 15 2012

As drafted by a Lake Claire resident and circulated on the Candler Park Parents email list:

Jan 9 Meeting Summary (Key Points Relevant for SRT -3)

·       Meeting started with a review of the redistricting project – what has been accomplished to date and next steps.  Refer to the timeline later in this note for details on next steps and timing.

·       The final 2 – 3 options will be presented at the end of January followed by more community meetings (refer to the get involved section for more detail).

·       Morningside voiced their perspectives and presented a 1000+ signature petition.  They want to keep Morningside Elementary in the Inman Middle/Grady feeder path (versus going to the proposed new middle and high school to be constructed).

·       SPARK voiced their perspectives and also presented a 1000+ signature petition.  They are very much opposed to the split academy  proposal with Hope-Hill and want $ to continue to expand SPARK.  Key concern of these parents is that their children were recently moved from Morningside to SPARK, and a split academy proposal would be yet another move for their children.

·       Kirkwood residents made the case to expand either Toomer or Coan to be a K-8 school and rezone the neighborhoods to the north (i.e. 30307) to this school.   Stated it would be fiscally irresponsible for APS to build a new middle school when an under enrolled facility (Toomer/Coan) could be used instead, and brought to capacity by rezoning neighborhoods to the north to it.  (Kirkwood APS rep supports this and recommended the board consider this proposal)

·       Consistent comments from many parents about the lack of transparency in the process, data inaccuracies, opposition to split primary school academies, the positives of having children attend schools that are walkable/bike-able, APS needs to improve the quality of all schools in the system, etc.

Key Takeaways

·       The final 2 (maybe 3) proposals will look very different than the four options presented back in December.  The original options were created to drive community feedback, and the final options take into account the community feedback (as stated by APS).   So while the original proposals kept 30307 in the Inman Middle/Grady cluster, we should not assume we will remain in the final proposals

·       While there were many requests for a more inclusive and transparent process, the timeline (see below) will not change (per APS).   That means we as a community will need to be prepared to act quickly when the final options are presented late January.

·       The final rezoning proposals are meant to last 10 years are longer – it is important that the final option is one that works for our community. 

Redistricting Project Timeline

·       January 2012 Demographers will develop the final 2 – 3 rezoning proposals based on ABOE and community input.

·       January 30 – Feb 2 2012:  Final 2- 3 options are presented, community meetings held.

·       February 2012 - Demographers will collect and evaluate community response to the  options and debrief the ABOE.  Final report delivered.

·       March 2012:  Superintendent Erroll Davis will take ownership of the process through the following phases: Superintendent Evaluation, Superintendent's Public Hearings, and Superintendent's Report and Recommendations

·       April 2012:  Final Superintendent Recommendations to the ABOE

·       Fall of 2012-13 School Year: Implementation

Get Involved

(1)   Reach out to Our Representatives

It was clearly stated at the Jan 9 ABOE meeting that the demographers are still open to public feedback and are also taking into account guidance provided to them by APS Board Reps based on the community feedback they receive.   The Demographers are drafting the final options, the Superintendent will recommend one to the Board, and the Board will make the final decision.  

·       Superintendent Erroll Davis:

·       Brenda Muhammad:

·       Reuben McDaniel:

·       Cecily Harsch-Kinnane:  (CP/LC rep)

·       Courtney English:

·       Nancy Meister:

·       LaChandra Butler-Burks:

·       Yolanda Johnson:

·       Emmett Johnson:

·       Demographers:

(2) Attend Key Meetings 

Mark your calendars to attend these important meetings - strong attendance from our community is important to ensure our opinions are heard and that we are viewed as a cohesive, active group.

January 30th - SRT3 Community Meeting  (Final 2 – 3 rezoning options will be presented and discussed)

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Location:  Jackson High
  • 801 Glenwood Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30316

February 6th – Next APS Board Meeting

  • 2:00 p.m. – Board Committee Meeting (no public comments)
  • 6:00 p.m. – Community Meeting (public comments)
  • ***It is critical that you arrive by 5:30  to get your name on the list to speak****
  • Location:  APS - The Center for Learning and Leadership Auditorium
  • At 130 Trinity Avenue SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Where to Get More Information

Informational source organized by parents to support the Grady High School cluster of schools and help improve them where possible.

Online discussion forum – very interesting to hear point of views from parents/residents of other neighborhoods (e.g. Morningside, Kirkwood, etc.).

Community news site that regularly publishes articles and points of view of the redistricting, and also has a repository of all the neighborhood positioning statements.

Council of Intown Neighborhoods and Schools, represents a cluster of eleven schools, all located within Atlanta in town neighborhoods. CINS mission is to work with Atlanta Public Schools (APS) to foster the development of safe, quality education, in the Grady cluster of schools.

Atlanta Public Schools Redistricting Page