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Welcome to the Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools (PGCS)! We are a 100% volunteer, non-partisan, grassroots organization of parents from Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody and other communities served by the public schools in our region. We are dedicated to understanding and supporting public education in our region of DeKalb County School District.

This site serves as an informational forum where we will share primary sourced information and promote peer-to-peer information sharing and positive dialog. Thank you for visiting and investing in our public schools!


Mission and Statement of Purpose

  • Provide educational events for parents at large and in particular leaders of PTA/PTSA Boards, School Councils, and School Foundations of schools throughout Region 1 of the DeKalb County School District (DCSD). These schools include Chamblee HS, Cross Keys HS, Dunwoody HS clusters as well as Tapestry, PATH, and Oakcliff Theme School.
  • Focus educational opportunities on helping parents to understand policy issues affecting schools in the DeKalb County School District.
  • Provide a forum for parents in Region 1 clusters of the DCSD to hear from DCSD leadership and interact with those leaders.
  • Increase knowledge of activities, successful practices, and issues affecting schools throughout our clusters.
  • Create a forum for working on issues of shared interest among schools within Region 1.


Act by June 30: DCSD Fundraising/Solicitations Proposed Policy

Parents:  The DeKalb County Board of Education (BOE) is considering changes to the DCSD policy on school-related fundraising.  Changes to the current policy could affect what is permissible, how approval takes place, and how organizations such as PTA/PTSAs, School Foundations, and other organizations go about doing fundraising.  New changes could also impact the evolving arena of crowd-sourcing …

New Curriculum Plan Updates

The DeKalb County School District presented a new curriculum plan to the DeKalb County Board of Education on March 20th. This new curriculum will be implemented in the 2017-2018 school year. To learn more, go to http://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/leadership/new-curriculum-to-focus-on-individual-learning/ Key points of information: 1. New curriculum to focus on individual learning 2. Teaching and learning in the …

Construction Advisory Committees Meeting Summary

Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools – Spring Event – “Construction Advisory Committees” Missed our event on 3/28?  See below for the basics! Welcome:  Ms. Sherry Johnson, Region 1 Superintendent (interim) What is PGCS? Educational events for parents and the community.  Shares knowledge about activities and successful practices in Region 1 schools. Collaborates with Parent Councils …


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PGCS Executive Board 2017

Dave Bearse – President (Legislative Affairs)
Amy Holmes-Chavez – President Elect (Meetings & Events)
Andrew Ziffer – Vice President, Dunwoody Cluster
Rebekah Morris – Vice President, Cross Keys Cluster
Randy Faigin David – Vice President, Chamblee Cluster
Ashley Doolittle – Communications Chair
Sheila Gillispie – Recording Secretary
Jocelyn Warren – Parliamentarian