March 6 Annual Meeting features Blank Foundation

We will hold our annual meeting at the Wieuca Road Baptist Church's Fellowship Hall on Thursday March 6.  Social: 6:00 until 7:00 - food and beverages will be provided.  Program: 7:00 until 8:30.  Our main speaker will be Ira Jackson, president of the Arthur M. Blank Foundation

("committed to supporting programs and organizations that create opportunity, enhance self-esteem and increase awareness about cultural and community issues among young people.")  We also plan an update on school redistricting and the election for NBCA's Board of Directors. 


School Redistricting?


Interview with Shook

It's a known fact to Sarah Smith faculty and parents that our school is overcrowded and that something must be done.  But, what? 

In the past two weeks rumors have swirled through Buckhead about possible changes to school boundaries.  North Buckhead residents in the Loridans area faced the possibility of being reassigned from nearby Sarah Smith to excellent, but distant, Jackson Elementary, adding three miles of travel each way.

Affected neighbors and NBCA sprang into action.  We discovered that the plan had a faulty basis: the Loridans alternative assumed a road across Nancy Creek where none existed, assumed more students than actually lived in the Loridans area, and a near-term decline in school enrollment was projected.  Letters to APS

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I had the pleasure of sitting down with Councilmember Howard Shook to discuss his first year in office. He shared some of his insights and experiences as a newcomer to the Atlanta City Council. -- Nancy Jones

Nancy:   What has your first year been like on the Atlanta City Council?

Howard:  Breathtaking! The council immediately faced a huge spending gap in the budget. This was a crisis situation. We faced one of the worst budgets in city history. Resolving this crisis was tough. To balance the budget required raising property taxes and approximately 600 city employees lost their jobs. Morale at city hall has been low and the budget crisis has been draining.

Nancy: What is the biggest issue facing the district you represent?

Howard: Growth and how to manage it. All the

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Sans MS" size="4">Links to articles in this Newsletter:

Page 1 - Annual Meeting / School Redistricting? / Interview with Shook

Page 2 - Report from the NBCA Land Use/Zoning Committee / Walda Lavroff: NPU-B Chair / Our last log house / Businesses join NBCA

Page 3 - Interview with 7th District Councilmember Howard Shook - continued

Page 4 - Tree planting and volunteer park clean-up day / Celtic Festival Help Needed

Page 5 - Sidewalks: Surprising Crime-Stoppers

Page 6 - NBCA Board Candidates -- Bios

Page 7 - NBCA Board Candidates -- Bios - continued

Page 8 - Sarah Smith School Redistricting - continued

Page 9 - Treasurer's Report / Blue Heron Expansion?

Page 10 - City government contacts / Neighborhood Restaurants

Page 11 - Xmas Trees Recycled / Weekend Xway Construction / Nancy Creek Tunnel