There's an item floating around in social-media cyberspace that proposes the idea of a Dunwoody-Chamblee-Brookhaven school system.
"Support the idea of a Brookhaven-Dunwoody-Chamblee school system so we can get out from under the black cloud of DCSS," is the item that's being re-tweeted to others who are concerned about the DeKalb County Board of Education.
Last month, the board was placed on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools. The district has until May 31, 2013 to make progress in complying with several issues that SACS identified.
Shortly afterward, an online petition was started to build momentum for replacing the entire school board, which Gov. Nathan Deal has the authority to do.
According to the Reporter Newspapers, the Dunwoody City Council has asked state Rep. Tom Taylor to introduce a bill in this year's legislative session to explore the creation of a new school system.
Such a measure would require both the state House and Senate to amend the Georgia constitution.
As chairman of the Senate education commission, Dunwoody state Sen. Fran Millar is also playing a role in determining if the state will take any action against the school board.
A Jan. 17 hearing of the Georgia Board of Education is scheduled to consider suspending the DeKalb school board members.
Brookhaven state Rep. Mike Jacobs was also quoted by the newspaper as leaning toward the school board's suspension, but also letting the established legislative process to run its course.
What do you think about an independent school system composed of Brookhaven, Chamblee and Dunwoody schools? Does such an idea make sense, or should our local schools remain in the DeKalb County school system? Take our Patch poll, and share your thoughts in the Comments section below.