Monday, October 5, 2015

Dunwoody's Austin Rebuild, Politics at its Best

A few years ago the DeKalb school system inspected, then rated and ranked, all the school buildings.  As with everything in DeKalb, the rankings were not consistent from school to school.  Dunwoody was due a new elementary school, and it turns out Austin won lost won lost the ranking, coming in as the worst facility among DES (new), Vanderlyn (the smartest trailer park in Georgia), Kingsley, and Chesnut.  Those in-the-know all thought Chesnut was the school to be rebuilt, and rebuilt to hold more kids.  But that's not the way the cookie crumbled. Based on inspections and rankings, Austin is to be torn down and rebuilt.

Sounds easy, but nothing is easy around these parts. 

How many students should the school hold?  Most, but not all, new elementary schools being built in DeKalb hold 900 students.  DES in Dunwoody is an example.  Many folks at DES are insistent that the new Austin be built to the 900 student size.  See letter below sent from DES to the DeKalb school board and other staff members.

There are issues building a 900-student Austin at the current Austin site.  The Austin site is smaller than DES and smaller than most other school footprints.  Austin also has a gas pipeline and some hefty power lines next door. Of course, Ryan Seacrest and a few thousand other kids survived the gas pipeline and power lines.  Traffic is also a concern for a larger school on Roberts Drive.  Some say we don't need to repeat the major errors of previous school boards (and Crawford Lewis) and build a large school on an already congested two lane road.  

So, why not make the Austin site larger?  DeKalb could purchase a few homes that border Austin, enlarging the school footprint.

DeKalb planners informed Austin folks (last week) that the current Austin site won't be the site of a new 900 student school.  Okay, where to find 15 acres nearby?

Well, just a couple hundred yards away, on the same road, is a large chunk of dirt.  Currently this land is used for a metro Atlanta baseball league. No problem. Have the DeKalb School District build two new baseball fields behind Peachtree, and have the metro Atlanta league and DeKalb work out a deal.  The fire station could be relocated.  The nature center would stay, and could easily partner with the new school.  Perhaps they could create their own version of a STEM program.  Note:  In the 60's, 70's, and 80's STEM was known as shop class or vocational school.  But those names are too hands-on for today's political class, who regulated factory jobs overseas, but that's another topic.

This plan will suffer the NIMBY treatment.  Those folks near this park already complain about lights and noise from, oh my, kids playing baseball.  They'll have a fit over a school.  And some powerful folks live in the neighborhood that backs up the the park and ball fields.  We need to protect a few homeowners from hearing kids all day, so expect to have this solution kicked to the curb. 

We will have many people not in favor of this plan.  But keep in mind, the current Austin site would be torn down and made into a park.  A deal could also involve buying the church beside Austin, and adding it to the park space (this property sold real cheap a couple years ago, not sure why the county or city didn't buy it)

If Dunwoody and DeKalb County School District do not make a deal and do a property swap, then the county could go in a new direction with Austin.  DeKalb says a new Austin would be built, on other property they have identified, within three miles of Austin.  Three miles is a long way.  Three miles gets you to Perimeter Mall.

And all this comes just in time for our local elections.  Ask candidates running for office what they would do in regards to a land swap with DeKalb.  Do you want Austin on Roberts, where the majority of kids walk and bike to school, or do you want it on Ashford Dunwoody Road?

One other option is a remodeling of what is now called Austin, and the SPLOST funds used to build a new Austin, a school that would take pressure off DES.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

DeKalb Commissioner Misconduct: The Root of the Problem

Interim CEO of DeKalb County, Lee May, told investigators he wanted to "determine the extent of waste and abuse in county government and then to specify findings and recommendations to prevent further wrongdoing".  May spent $600,000 so far on this quest, with another $250,000 or so to be paid.  Had Lee May simply asked the DunwoodyTalk staff to 'specify' and 'recommend', we would have done so for a smaller fee, perhaps lunch at Village Burger (home to juicy hamburgers) or dinner at Mellow Mushroom (home of cold, fresh Hoegaarden on draft).

Every DeKalb commissioner has an office budget, let's call it the Commissioner Budget.  The budget is approximately $275,000 per commissioner.  

The bulk of this budget is used for salaries.  A commissioner collects about $36,000 annually for getting elected. Due to the horrendous customer service in certain departments (water), each commissioner needs one or two staff members to help do stuff.  These commissioner aides answer phones, try to resolve issues for constituents, help with scheduling, and other tasks.  An aide could make $30,000 to $100,000 each - we don't have those numbers.  The aides can be part or full time employees. This is all legal as commissioners get paid and they need office help.

Each commissioner is responsible for other expenses, and these expenses come from the $275,000 budget.  Land lines run $20 each, times three per office, and you have $720 a year in land lines.  Cell phones is another line item, if a commissioner so chooses to use a county paid cell phone.  Another line item for the office is postage.  A commissioner may choose to spend some money on consulting fees or other miscellaneous services for their district's office.  

Let's imagine a commissioner spends $200,000 on salaries and other office expenses, similar to office expenses in the public sector.  The commissioner has $75,000 left over (maybe more because if a commissioner does not spend their entire $275,000, the leftover rolls over to cover a commissioner who spends $300,000).  So, what should happen to the $75,000?  In the real world, it flows back to the general fund.  But not in DeKalb.

In DeKalb, all the commissioners, except Nancy Jester and Mereda Davis Johnson, spent money where it probably should not have been spent.  In Georgia, we have the Georgia Constitution.  Within this document is the Gratuities Clause. 

As this investigation moves upstream to the State level, an Opinion from the Attorney General will be needed to determine if the Gratuities Clause was violated by DeKalb commissioners.

The Gratuities Clause of the Georgia Constitution provides that “the General Assembly shall not have the power to grant any donation or gratuity.” Id. While this clause specifically addresses gratuities conferred by the General Assembly, it also applies to cities and counties. A gratuity is defined as “something given freely or without recompense; a gift.”  
In other words, DeKalb commissioners were (still are) giving gifts (taxpayer money)to pet programs in their districts. Many see this as vote buying or some other form of corruption.  

Lee May and several other commissioners routinely spent money on programs they felt like supporting. 

Here's a brief list of groups receiving taxpayer money, at the sole discretion of Lee May or one of the commissioners:

South DeKalb YMCA
Alliance of Innovation
Ray of Hope church
Druid Hills Athletic Association
Decatur High School Booster Club
The Arts Leadership League of GA
GA Shakespeare Festival
Senior Connections
The Civic League for Regional Atlanta
Atlanta Bicycle Foundation
GA State Univ Foundation
Leadership DeKalb
Africa's Children
Rotary of South DeKalb

The list goes on.  See it HERE. DJs, pizza, automobile fines, party supplies, and tons of other things were bought with taxpayer funds, then handed over to pet charities and projects.

This type of free spending shows a lack of control in DeKalb.  Many of these commissioners sure are generous, with OUR MONEY.  

You may look at the list of groups receiving these taxpayer gifts, and approve some or all.  What about when a commissioner gives to a group you don't support?  Can I request my commissioner donate to the NRA, Tea Party of Georgia, Right to Life, Confederate Veterans?

There are many instances to call out a commissioner on these gifts of taxpayer money.  We've selected to show a brick purchased by Commissioner Gannon's office.  The library hopefully put the funds to good use, and many folks in DeKalb probably believe a public library is a good thing.  If commissioners want a better library system, put it on an agenda and vote on it.   In this case, the DeKalb Library Foundation raised funds for improvements.  All good.  But let the private sector make the donations.

Here is the brick taxpayers bought. 

Here is what the brick should look like

 If an investigation shows this gift giving is all legal and encouraged, then I suggest Commissioner Jester donate her leftover budget funds to new city-hood initiatives and to the schools in District 1

Thursday, September 3, 2015

City Elections Update for Dunwoody 2015

Congratulations to Lynn, Pam, and John.  These folks will be on Dunwoody's city council for the next four years.  John and Lynn are incumbents, and Pam is new to council.  I'm sure she's relieved no one else qualified to run for the spot.  Pam is a nice addition to council and I wish her much success.

Monday, August 24, 2015

DeKalb Test Dates Conflict with Judaism Holidays

Here's the latest letter sent to new DeKalb superintendent Stephen Green.  The topic is DeKalb's plan to conduct ITBS testing during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

August 24, 2015
Dr. R. Stephen Green, Superintendent
DeKalb County School District                                                   
1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard                                       
Stone Mountain, GA  30083

Dear Dr. Green:
Three years ago, tests for DeKalb County gifted programs were set for the day after Halloween. But when parents objected—noting that their children wouldn't get a good night's sleep after eating candy and staying up late—the school district changed the date of the test. 

This story, as told by DeKalb School Board member Stan Jester and his wife Nancy Jester (a former school board member and current DeKalb commissioner), exemplifies why next month's CogAT and ITBS testing must be changed to avoid conflicting with Judaism's most holiest holidays.  Certainly Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur—the Jewish new year and day of atonement—deserve equal treatment with Halloween.

This year Jews will observe these days--on which they go to synagogue instead of working or attending school--on Monday and Tuesday Sept 14-15 and Wednesday, Sept. 23.  The testing is scheduled from Sept 9-25.

If the school district maintains this schedule, it will pressure Jewish families to violate their religious tenets so that their children can have the best chance to qualify for gifted and other special programs.  They shouldn't have to make that choice.

We are writing on behalf of a large group of concerned Jewish parents from a host of DeKalb schools, who met at B'nai Torah synagogue on Sunday to discuss this problem. 

We learned that the testing was moved from October to September: to get test results earlier so that gifted programs could start sooner.  We applaud that goal.  But achieving it this year, under the current schedule, treats Jews with remarkable insensitivity and subjects teachers and students to costly inefficiency. 

(The schedule also would appear to burden Muslims, who celebrate Eid-al-Adha on Sept. 24, and other religious minorities who have holidays in September.)

One veteran DeKalb teacher who attended our meeting noted that on typical make-up test days, "the assistant principal runs around like crazy" tracking down all of the children who missed tests.  This chaos will surely be more intense this year, given hundreds of Jewish children who will need make-up tests.  Just as examples, it is estimated that Jews make up at least 10 percent of Dunwoody Elementary and about 10 percent of Montgomery Elementary schools.  Parents who have expressed concern with us have children also at Vanderlyn, Austin, Chesnut, Peachtree Middle and other DeKalb schools.

The sheer volume of students missing the exams create logistical challenges for schools to find suitable rooms to conduct makeups.  More importantly, forcing these children to submit to makeup tests further increases their amount of time away from their classrooms.

Consider also that a sizable number of teachers are Jewish, meaning they will miss these days as well.  Given reports that there are 150 teacher vacancies in the system, holding tests on the Jewish high holidays will exacerbate this problem, as the schools will need to find even more teachers to oversee tests.

The issue of unfamiliar teachers giving makeup tests is a particular concern for parents of first graders.  Teachers read the test questions to first graders, but apparently strangers will read the questions for makeup tests, given that homeroom teachers are not pulled to do them.

During recent Curriculum Nights, teachers emphasized the great efforts made so that children are comfortable and focused on test days.  We can only assume that removing children from class to take make-up tests would be less comfortable and more distracting—especially because some may feel a stigma associated with their religion.

Finally, making it harder for any children to compete for gifted or other programs will cost the schools money, as we understand each child in these programs qualifies their schools for extra grants.  No one wants this result.

Again, we understand why the district wanted to give the tests earlier than in previous years.  However, we question how much earlier results would be available, given that the scores are presented as percentiles of a national sample.  That is, if scores from around the country have to be computed for any percentiles to be drawn, how much earlier can DeKalb hope to receive its results and start forming gifted classes?

Dr. Green, we know you inherited this schedule when you arrived last month, and we're sorry our introduction to you and vice-versa must occur on this challenging issue.  We are impressed with your previous achievements in Kansas City and New York, and we look forward to where you will take our district.

Particularly impressive is your track record on ensuring that all students have the same educational opportunities, notably in your work with the National Council on Educating Black Children and having been featured in Touching the Future: Minorities in Education, speaking on issues of educational equity, access, and achievement.

But we think to avoid the insensitivity and inefficiency described in this letter and ensure that all students have the same opportunities for success, a change must be made to the ITBS testing schedule.

As you noted in your response to Mr. Jester, there are a host of holidays for religious minorities in September.  Your calendar correctly pointed out that in Judaism, there are holidays through October 6.  Therefore we suggest that DeKalb testing be rescheduled along the dates similar to the most recent years, when tests began in the second week of October.

You will be receiving a letter from a group of concerned Atlanta rabbis, and we are confident they can provide you with any guidance you seek on these and future calendars.

Any of us would be glad to speak with you at your convenience as you consider this matter. 

We thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to hearing from you.


Monday, August 10, 2015

Uncle Arthur Throwing A Bone to DeKalb (Employees Only)

Arthur Blank recently sealed a deal here in DeKalb.  The sweetheart deal gives Blank millions of taxpayer dollars to build some practice soccer fields.  Of course, DeKalb County has never really had an interest before in building soccer fields, but when Uncle Arthur comes asking for a handout, the DeKalb political folks fall for his offer.

No need to hire Hyde and Bowers on this deal.  The trail of money is easy to follow.

And the thank-you from Uncle Arthur?  DeKalb County employees (not the actual taxpayers whose money was given away on yet another scheme) can buy Atlanta Falcon tickets at a discount.  This is too funny.  Yes, DeKalb workers can save $3 on Upper Level Endzone seats against the Houston Texans and the Washington Redskins.  Gee, thanks.  

Upper Level sideline seats ($65) and Lower Level Redzone ($110) tickets are available at a discount as well.  No need to speculate on what four DeKalb commissioners may be in a suite at the Dome for at least one game this season.

Too bad the Steelers weren't here this year as I really enjoyed watching the Falcons get beat at home by Big Ben.  The Falcons went 6-10 last season.  

Here's the email sent to DeKalb employees:

Go Falcons!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Millennials Will Not Always Live in Apartments

Lots of cities and counties in metro Atlanta keep talking about millennials and their desire to live beside a MARTA station, ride a bike on the street, and live in a 1,200 square foot apartment, surrounded by other millennials.

Sandy Springs has seen a huge growth in apartments.  Take a drive down near Costco and the Peachtree-Dunwoody Road Publix and you'll see the stick built units, lots of them.  It's almost as though Sandy Springs political folks forgot that today's shiny, new apartment will soon become a not-so-desirable apartment, and the city's high crime area.  it's a repeating cycle.  You can't show me one apartment complex in Atlanta that looks better now than when it was built.  Single family neighbors do improve over time as trees mature and the sense of community grows.  Well, the folks in Sandy Springs are slowing things down a bit.  They now have a moratorium on permits for new apartments in C1 and C2 zoning areas.  Mayor Randy Paul is taking heat from many voters (homeowners) and perhaps this was a factor in the moratorium.  Read about the Sandy Springs issue HERE.

DunwoodyTalk had a post about a year ago on a similar moratorium in 2014, HERE.

The apartment/PCID issue is nothing new.  Here's a piece written in 2011. This post discusses the PCID and its quest for higher density.

PCID Removes Jobs to Housing Ratio from Report

Prior to the incorporation of the City of Dunwoody, developers, DeKalb County, and the PCID took advantage of zoning loopholes and slammed the DeKalb section of the PCID with apartments while the Fulton County (Sandy Springs) grabbed new business tenants.  My vision is for the DeKalb section of the PCID to receive new businesses only - we have enough apartments on the books.  If the PCID wants more multi-family housing, let Sandy Springs have it.  We need jobs in Dunwoody, not apartments.  

A couple of weeks ago I posted information regarding the MARTA Villages planned for Dunwoody and Sandy Springs.  At the Dunwoody Council meeting two weeks ago, where the PCID plan was briefly discussed, at least one council member mentioned he did not like Jobs to Apartment mix suggested by the PCID.  He attempted to negotiate a better (I suppose better is the word) ratio.  The suggestion was lower than the current 9.25 but higher than the proposed 6.3 in 15 years.

I have an idea for council - how about insisting the PCID KEEP it at the 9.25?

The PCID has taken a different approach.  They've decided to take the Jobs/Apartment ratio out of their LCI update.  Brilliant. 

By taking out the jobs/apartments ratio, the PCID has achieved its ultimate goal - to plan for more and more and more multifamily apartments for Dunwoody and Sandy Springs.  High density is the name of the game.  So one or two on council suggest a ratio closer to 9.25  than 5.06 so they have some campaign fodder? We have candidates announced for council and mayor, and some up for re-election.  Ask them to ask the PCID to put the jobs/apartments section back in the LCI document and set it at 9.25 going forward (okay, perhaps an '8' will do).  Watch PCID laugh and pull the marionette's strings tighter.
State Farm recently announced they will build offices and bring jobs to Dunwoody, and will not use some of their land for apartments. This news is cheered my most, jeered by a few.  The neighboring High Street project will soon be built, adding 3,000 new housing units (1,500 apartments, 1,500 condos), adding to an existing inventory of multi-family units in the Perimeter area.

And back to those millennials.  Keep in mind that State Farm doesn't hire just millennials. They will hire people Generation X (the doers) and Baby Boomers (the Me gen) as well. 

The millennials will eventually have kids and buy homes.  They will not stay 'cool' forever and will download children (real children).  They will move from the noisy, crowded urban areas and buy a home.  Some (the white ones) may even move to Decatur and try to prolong their coolness another decade or so.  

Dunwoody doesn't need more apartments.  DeKalb County permitted enough back before we were a city.  And for once, it looks like Sandy Springs is following Dunwoody's lead.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Is Decatur Too White? By Design?

Decatur - The New White Flight 

Decatur is a small city to the south of Dunwoody, here in DeKalb County, GA.  What words come to mind when thinking of Decatur? We asked around and came up with these terms:  liberal, hipster, granola, diverse, wealthy, educated, Democrat.  We're not sure if this list is accurate, but it's a list.  Feel free to make your own.

Turns out, some people in Decatur think it's getting too white, as in too many white people. Some blame so-called gentrification. Latest census figures show Decatur at 73.5% white, and it's getting whiter (Dunwoody is below 70% and becoming less white annually). Decatur is whiter than Johns Creek, Acworth, Kennesaw, Alpharetta, and nearly every other city in Georgia.

Some of the Decatur elite will blame everything but themselves for becoming the whitest city in metro Atlanta, but it is its own tax rates that push poor and minorities away.  As real estate values increase, and with Decatur's high tax rates, many people can't afford to own homes in Decatur. People sell homes as the tax burden is too much, making room for more white people like the AJC's GetSchooled Ms. Maureen.  On a separate note, Maureen opposes new school districts in Georgia.  She has long opposed new independent school districts, and leases out her column space annually to guest writers  opposing new school districts.  Maureen doesn't care that DeKalb School District is corrupt, and doesn't believe people in Chamblee, Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Doraville, or other areas should be allowed to escape DeKalb's bad school system. Decatur has their cake (it's own school system), and no one else can have cake.  

Decatur has a great school system and wants to improve it.  That sounds great. Decatur keeps taxes high, forcing out poor and minority families, and keeping poor people from moving in. In October 2000 Decatur schools were 41% white, and in March of 2015 it was up to 61% and looks to increase based on enrollment data in PK and KK classrooms. Maureen will tell you that their (Decatur) schools are better because of smaller classrooms and better management.  We agree 100%.  But she won't tell you that a huge decrease in minorities (historically score lower than whites on standardized tests) has elevated test scores for the district.  

Those opposing independent school districts say that race is the main factor for independence, ignoring minority groups (such as the one in south Cobb) seeking the same.  It's the things Decatur does well (small district, local control, lower teacher student ratio, 70% of teachers with advanced degrees, increased test scores for all races, great administrators, etc.) that people in other cities seek for their school districts.  But the white hippie hypocrite in Decatur tells us to stay with the corrupt DeKalb School System.

Section 8 Apartment Building Damaged, Displacing 169 poor families?
Is there a new method of getting Decatur even whiter?  See HERE. Park Trace apartments is Section 8 housing in Decatur.  169 of 170 units are Section 8.  Decatur builds a new government complex that 'may have' damaged, unintentionally, these Section 8 apartments, according to a lawsuit by the apartment owners. If this building has to be torn down, don't expect to see 169 new Section 8 apartments.  Or will we?

Only in Decatur 
Decatur is giving taxpayer money ($109,000) to a group called The Art of Community to figure out how to stop all these white people moving in to Decatur. Read the story at Decaturish, the best site for everything in Decatur and the greater Decatur area. Decatur was 60% white in 1990, and nearly 74% in 2010.  A Decatur resident Don Denard said, “We have to be open to change. We have to have room in our minds for imagining a different way of being.” Apparently the change to becoming whiter in Decatur is not the change Mr. Denard seeks. It's Mr. Denard who is not open to change.

From the article, 'Mayor Jim Baskett said he was hopeful the plan would provide specific actions the city and its residents can take.' (to become less white).

Monday, July 13, 2015

New Bike to Change Opinions on Dunwoody Bike Lanes

It's been an uphill battle for the spandex crowd and granolas to get support for bike lanes. No matter what excuse put forth (less cars, green, no air pollution, millennials) the Dunwoody blue hairs have slapped down all of them. 

Most people view roads as a transportation system designed to carry people and goods from one place to another.  Roads were made for commerce and industry and moving people from A to B.  We build parks for recreation.  When people drive on roads for the fun of it, we call that cruising, and there are laws against it.  Or we call it NASCAR, and we have special tracks for that activity.

Many people are okay with bikers going to work or to the store on a bike, but it's the recreational bikers that seem to irritate people most.  Most people get in their car to go to work, to eat, or to go shop.  The spandex crowd gets on the road simply to ride around in circles for exercise and for their own enjoyment.  They are basically cruising for fun.  And we know no one should have fun around here.

Riding your bike to work or to get some groceries?  Okay.  Riding bikes with twelve friends, riding two wide on busy streets for the fun of it?  Not okay (according to a non-scientific survey published nowhere).

But alas, the bikers have found a solution to gaining more approval for bikes on roads in Dunwoody.  DunwoodyTalk is proud to announce The Dunwoody Cycle Bar, aka the Bike Lane Commando.

The drinking bike is on city council's agenda tonight and we hope for an approval.  The first ride will start in Redfield, then peddling over to Mill Glen, then off to Kingsley. (Kinglsey will eventually have three of these bikes and will act as a bike depot)


Friday, June 26, 2015

Dunwoody Confiscated Too Much Tax Money

The big story in da 'wood this week is all about dollars - your dollars.  The City of Dunwoody has been collecting more money than it should from some homeowners.  It's too early to tell how many people and how much money, but don't look for it to have a major impact on the budget.  

For this story we need to go back in time, back to late 2010.  It was fall 2010 that Village Burger opened, Dunwoody became known as the 'Smart People, Smart City' temporarily, Nancy Jester defeated Jim Redovian for DeKalb school board, Firkin Gryphon opened,  Fiscella actually posted on his blog, Danny Ross was pushing for the GA Music Hall of Fame to move to Dunwoody, various factions were plotting and drawing maps of the new elementary school attendance lines (wow, that was a fun time) and Farmhouzer chili was tasted at the Chili Cook Off at Brook Run.

Another item in 2010 was a vote for Homestead Exemptions in Dunwoody.

City of Dunwoody Homestead Exemption
"Shall the Act be approved which amends the homestead exemption from City of Dunwoody ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes in an amount equal to the amount by which the current year assessed value of a homestead exceeds the base year assessed value of such homestead by eliminating the automatic sunset so that the exemption continues indefinitely?" H.B. 1319 Act 562

Take a look at King John's blog for letters for and against (2010 post HERE) Uh, the good ole days when people commented on blogs.

Well, the referendum passed.  Dunwoody homeowners voted themselves a five year extension of the tax exemption in November 2010. The problem?  No one implemented the new rule, and no one correctly reported the tax information to DeKalb County.  There is no way to blame DeKalb County for this issue.  The city manager (he's gone) didn't see this through, nor did the city's legal staff or the finance folks.  Not so smart after all.

Whom to blame? Whom not to blame?  You can't blame Mayor Davis, Terry, Lynn D, or city manager Eric Linton.  None were a part of the city government when this occurred.  When a referendum passes in the state legislator, one should expect staff to brief everyone on implementation and affects of the legislation.  Apparently that didn't happen.  Let's focus on the future and make sure the refunds are calculated and issued promptly. 

Dunwoody Swim 2015 Final Standings

Congratulations to Village Mill Swim Team, the unofficial 2015 Dunwoody champions.

Village Mill defeated Vermack in Week 5 459-319.  The loss by Vermack officially marks the end of an era - a dominating era by Vermack.  For years Vermack set the mark for Dunwoody teams, and they were unbeatable.  A lack of young swimmers and some older kids opting for other opportunities resulted in the team's rapid decline.  But fear not, some of Dunwoody's fastest swimmers still call Vermack home and they'll be back next season seeking to regain dominance.

Winning a swim meet requires strategy.  If a team is weak in a certain age group, a sweep of points by an opponent wipes away victories elsewhere.  If a team has a pair of dominating 10 year-old girls, the two girls can place 1st and 2nd in four events, creating a 28 point swing.  And if the team has two high school boys from Dynamo, they can do the same. Reviewing lineups of the opposing team is key.  If your opponent has a record-setting swimmer in the IM and butterfly, don't put your fastest kid against her.  Concede those two events and put your fastest kids in races in which their ace is outside the pool eating a hot dog from the concession stand. Some coaches simply put kids in their best event without knowing the competition.  A swimmer's times are available.  Compare those times to your swimmers' times.  On the other hand, swimming should be fun for the kids and winning isn't everything (said never by a 1st place swimmer) - but do know score is kept and times recorded for a reason.

Byrnwyck 395  Zaban 374

Gainsborough 470  Dunwoody North 300

Georgetown 428  Roxboro 347

Huntcliff 403  Redfield 383
DunwoodyTalk sent a staffer to this event.  Huntcliff is one of the smallest teams in the league, but always has great swimmers.  Their strength is having a decent supply of high school kids.Many teams don't have any boys or girls in the 18-18 age range and have 14 year olds swim up.

 Mill Glen 452  Fontainebleau 340

The Branches 475  Kingsley 321

Final Standings
Village Mill #1
Georgetown #2
The Branches #3
Mill Glen #4
SaveDunwoody #5

Monday, June 22, 2015

Atlanta Swim Championships Psych Sheets 2015

Psych Sheets

Session 1 - Wednesday Afternoon -Session 1 Psych Sheet
Session 2 - Thursday Morning - Session 2 Psych Sheet
Session 3 - Thursday Afternoon - Session 3 Psych Sheet
Session 4 - Friday Morning -  Session 4 Psych Sheet
Session 5 - Friday Afternoon -  Session 5 Psych Sheet
Session 6 - Saturday Morning - Session 6 Psych Sheet
Session 7 - Saturday Afternoon -  Session 7 Psych Sheet