Round three ahead for redistricting

The Fulton County School System will host its third redistricting meeting for Sandy Springs’ elementary schools on Dec. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. at North Springs High School.

Those in attendance will have a chance to review and provide input on revised attendance zone alternatives in small group discussions. From the meeting’s input, the redistricting staff will develop final attendance zone options to submit to the Fulton County School Board.

The redistricting is necessary due to the opening of two new elementary schools in Sandy Springs. One located at the intersection of Lake Forrest and Cliftwood Drives will open for the 2008-2009 school year. The second, located off Ison and Roswell Roads, is scheduled to open for the 2009-2010 school year. The school board is scheduled to vote on the new attendance zones in February.

To see the three attendance zone maps currently drawn as the alternatives for the redistricting of Sandy Springs’ elementary schools, visit

N. Springs is one of 25 U.S. schools cited as ‘healthiest’

The “Got Milk?” marketing campaign, in association with the School Nutrition Association and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, has named North Springs Charter School of Arts and Sciences one of the 25 healthiest schools in the country.

The recognition is a result of a nationwide search for America’s Healthiest Student Bodies, a national contest aimed at rewarding schools that go the extra mile to promote healthy lifestyles for their students in light of the teen obesity epidemic.

North Springs was nominated for the honor by student Sarah Majeste. In recognition of the honor, the “Got Milk?” campaign will make a trip to North Springs on Dec. 6 to host a celebratory milk mustache assembly. The school will also receive a $1,000 grant to support nutrition and physical activity programs that further aid in students’ health and wellness.

Interim principal

Norm Barchi has been named Interim Principal at North Springs High School. Barchi takes the place of Dr. Vicky Ferguson, but his appointment does not come without controversy. The Fulton School Board voted Nov. 6 to appoint Riverwood Principal Eddie Echols executive principal of both schools. That decision was rescinded Nov. 15. The county will accept applications for the North Springs position through January.

Mini mayors at Spalding

After receiving dictionaries from the Sandy Springs Rotary Club, the third graders at Spalding Drive Charter Elementary School decided to use the gifts to look up facts about government and its various branches and levels.

Following the exercise, the students elected a mayor in each of the five third grade sections, with three candidates running from each section. Each section was also divided into districts, after which “council representatives” were also elected.

The mini-mayors and their councils cast their votes on issues like cafeteria food, recreational time and more library privileges. On Nov. 19, Sandy Springs’ real leader, Mayor Eva Galambos paid her elementary school counterparts a visit to learn about their experiences in “city government.”