Educate DeKalb


Overcrowding within the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Regions 1 and 2, including Lakeside High School (LHS), has become a crisis. The simplistic DCSD Board of Education (BOE) response has been to approve physical plant expansions to three high schools in those areas (specifically LHS, Chamblee Charter HS, and Dunwoody HS) in order to increase the student capacity at each school.

LHS has a strong heritage of academic excellence, but over the past 10 years its academic performance has steadily declined. In 2005, LHS ranked 107 out of the best 1,200 high schools in the United States according to Newsweek magazine, and was the top high school in Georgia. In 2006, LHS ranked 135 nationally.   But since 2006, LHS has not been ranked anywhere in Newsweek's list of the best 1,200 high schools.

Assuming continued growth and DCSD's 2022 enrollment projections, the proposed expansions would not only fail to solve the overcrowding problems, but would create new and bigger problems.  Far from improving the staff's ability to raise student academic performance, expansion of existing facilities would almost certainly further compromise student academic performance, safety, and access to extracurricular activities, and well as impact local traffic and neighborhood quality of life. 



Petition to the DeKalb County School Board

We, the undersigned group of LHS supportive citizens, join the LHS School Council and the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners in urging the DCSD to halt this LHS expansion and develop a real, not casual, strategic plan for the whole district before building or expanding any existing facilities. A better plan would most likely include building a new high school for the impacted Regions.

For LHS on a stand-alone basis, we urge the BOE to immediately reverse the expansion decision, reduce the student population to 1,796 level it was expanded to accommodate in 2012, and invest in appropriate repairs and maintenance needed at the current site.



Educate DeKalb Education

Who's signing

Alyssa Withee
Pamela Blass
Julie Clennon
Julia Wang
Christy Rosenblatt
Elizabeth Oconnell
Richard Rogers
Tanya Trail
Patrick Gleason
Katie Eaton
Tricia Mullins
Ann Levine
Dana Delman
Anna Green
Jennifer Morrison
Stephanie Dennard
Kevin Cooney
Michael Blanchard
Melissa Cooney
Frances Thompson
Estrella Cortes
Keven Keller
Spencer Banzhaf
Ivonne Castaneda
Nick Sabadosh
Mike Fuqua
Jason Linscott
rebecca hutchins
Cindy Crouch
Raivon Lee
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  • Alyssa Withee
    signed 2018-09-22 14:56:01 -0400
  • Pamela Blass
    signed 2018-09-22 14:51:29 -0400
  • Julie Clennon
    signed via 2018-09-22 14:49:57 -0400
  • Julia Wang
    signed 2018-09-22 14:44:21 -0400
  • Christy Rosenblatt
    signed 2018-09-22 14:35:37 -0400
  • Elizabeth Oconnell
    signed 2018-09-22 14:25:58 -0400
  • Richard Rogers
    signed 2018-09-22 14:25:03 -0400
  • Tanya Trail
    signed 2018-09-22 14:17:20 -0400
  • Patrick Gleason
    signed 2018-09-22 14:16:28 -0400
  • Katie Eaton
    signed 2018-09-22 13:58:37 -0400
  • Tricia Mullins
    signed 2018-09-22 13:44:46 -0400
  • Ann Levine
    signed 2018-09-22 13:22:52 -0400
  • Dana Delman
    signed 2018-09-22 13:13:52 -0400
    The educational standards of lakeside are suffering as evidence by the drop in national ranking of the school. The community cannot accommodate additional students/traffic. And most importantly, the teachers and administration is already overwhelmed. Redistricting is clearly the better option.
  • Anna Green
    signed 2018-09-22 13:10:49 -0400
  • Jennifer Morrison
    signed 2018-09-22 13:09:34 -0400
  • Stephanie Dennard
    signed 2018-09-22 12:53:45 -0400
  • Kevin Cooney
    signed 2018-09-22 12:52:30 -0400
  • Michael Blanchard
    signed 2018-09-22 12:51:16 -0400
    Off campus fields are a bad idea
  • Melissa Cooney
    signed 2018-09-22 12:50:33 -0400
  • Frances Thompson
    signed 2018-09-22 12:50:16 -0400
  • Estrella Cortes
    signed 2018-09-22 12:48:50 -0400
  • Keven Keller
    signed 2018-09-22 12:36:11 -0400
  • Spencer Banzhaf
    signed 2018-09-22 12:24:22 -0400
  • Ivonne Castaneda
    signed 2018-09-22 11:57:52 -0400
    Strongly against the GLOBE Academy being considered as an option
  • Nick Sabadosh
    signed 2018-09-22 11:44:18 -0400
    Of course we want to support our kids and schools. But this plan is a band-aid, and a real solution is long overdue. Now is the time for a strategic vision, not a tactical short-term fix.
  • Mike Fuqua
    signed 2018-09-22 11:33:47 -0400
  • Jason Linscott
    signed 2018-09-22 11:28:07 -0400
  • rebecca hutchins
    signed 2018-09-22 10:26:52 -0400
  • Cindy Crouch
    signed 2018-09-22 10:08:53 -0400
  • Raivon Lee
    signed 2018-09-22 09:47:41 -0400