Henderson Mill as part of DeKalb County School District
Henderson Mill Elementary
Henderson Mill Elementary School (HMES) opened in 1965 as part of a second wave of midcentury school building in DeKalb County. It was built on land previously owned by Greenville Henderson, who operated a gristmill on a nearby creek. A two-room schoolhouse used to stand in the vicinity of the current school. For the past several school years, Henderson Mill has had approximately 600 students each year.
Henderson Mill is one of 7 elementary schools that feed into Henderson Middle School and Lakeside High School. Together with Oakcliff Traditional Theme Elementary School, these 10 schools comprise the Lakeside Cluster. The Lakeside Cluster Summit
is a group of school leaders (including parents and administrators) and district leaders who come together to share information and create solutions to the challenges that currently exist in our schools and district.
DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is divided into 7 Regions, each of which contains two or three high school clusters. Henderson Mill, along with Lakeside HS and its feeder schools, are in Region 2, which also contains the Druid Hills and Tucker Clusters, several magnet schools, Coralwood Center, and the Fernbank Science Center. Our Region 2 Superintendent can be found here
DeKalb County School District
DeKalb County School District is Georgia’s third-largest school system, serving approximately 100,000 students and employing more than 15,000 people, including 6,600 teachers. “The vision of DeKalb County School District is to inspire our community of learners to achieve educational excellence.” The District’s “mission is to ensure student success, leading to higher education, work, and lifelong learning.” Its motto is “Inspire. Achieve. Excel.”
Things like attendance zones, bus transportation, facilities maintenance, and meals and menus are controlled by the school district. Information on those topics is most easily found on the sitemap to the District’s website
. A lot of interesting information, including maps and enrollment data, can be found here
. Grade-level curriculum guides are available here
DCSD Board of Education and Superintendent
The Board of Education (BOE) is the governing body of the DeKalb County School District. The elected Board Members, together with the Superintendent and senior staff of DCSD, manage and lead the District. The Board oversees the management of the district, develops its vision and goals, and adopts policies and a budget. Hired by the Board, the Superintendent is the chief executive of the school district. He has administrative responsibility for education programs, services, facilities, and personnel, as well as responsibility for managing day-to-day operations and ensuring compliance with statutory, regulatory, and contractual duties.
BOE Meetings are open to the public, but public participation is generally limited to Community Input Meetings. Public portions of meetings are televised here
and on DCSD Cable Channel 24. Work Sessions, Community Input Meetings, and Business Meetings are typically held on the first Monday of each month, but a calendar of meetings is maintained here
Henderson Mill Elementary is represented by the member of the BOE who represents District 4. More information on the BOE can be found here