Petition

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

Caroline Bohm
Lee An Ramsey
Kim Craig
Elizabeth Rikholm
Debrs Smith
Rachel May
Sara Coburn
Kamilah Miller
Robert McKinnon
Cynthia Benjamin
Melanie Anderson
Amy Gist
Ashley Byars
Chaffraix Rowles
Mara Mooney
Sanaa Baraki
Gaelle Adisson
Ashley Bryant
Charles Melton
Christina Steiner
Jackie Craft
Elise Douglas
Stephanie Kyle
Alemthehay Nega
Elizabeth Spetseris
Shannon Kramer
Katherine Brown
Dabney Evans
Sara Wade
Yeabsira Lemma
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  • Caroline Bohm
    signed 2018-09-22 09:30:34 -0400
  • Lee An Ramsey
    signed 2018-09-22 08:25:05 -0400
  • Kim Craig
    signed 2018-09-22 07:27:43 -0400
  • Elizabeth Rikholm
    signed 2018-09-22 07:27:40 -0400
  • Debrs Smith
    signed 2018-09-22 02:56:24 -0400
  • Rachel May
    signed 2018-09-22 01:03:28 -0400
  • Sara Coburn
    signed 2018-09-21 23:23:13 -0400
  • Kamilah Miller
    signed 2018-09-21 22:48:08 -0400
  • Robert McKinnon
    signed 2018-09-21 22:26:06 -0400
  • Cynthia Benjamin
    signed 2018-09-21 22:08:11 -0400
  • Melanie Anderson
    signed 2018-09-21 21:40:18 -0400
  • Amy Gist
    signed 2018-09-21 21:21:37 -0400
  • Ashley Byars
    signed 2018-09-21 21:20:15 -0400
    Please do not expand Lakeside. Our neighborhoods and infrastructure cannot handle a larger school at this intersection. Also, research shows a strong correlation between large class sizes and decreased student achievement. Do the right thing!
  • Chaffraix Rowles
    signed 2018-09-21 21:01:20 -0400
    Chaffraix Rowles
  • Mara Mooney
    signed 2018-09-21 20:59:33 -0400
  • Sanaa Baraki
    signed 2018-09-21 20:51:55 -0400
  • Gaelle Adisson
    signed 2018-09-21 20:33:23 -0400
  • Ashley Bryant
    signed 2018-09-21 19:52:17 -0400
  • Charles Melton
    signed 2018-09-21 18:50:15 -0400
  • Christina Steiner
    signed 2018-09-21 18:38:27 -0400
  • Jackie Craft
    signed 2018-09-21 18:34:21 -0400
  • Elise Douglas
    signed 2018-09-21 18:21:57 -0400
  • Stephanie Kyle
    signed 2018-09-21 18:08:05 -0400
  • Alemthehay Nega
    signed 2018-09-21 17:44:47 -0400
  • Elizabeth Spetseris
    signed 2018-09-21 17:44:38 -0400
  • Shannon Kramer
    signed 2018-09-21 17:41:36 -0400
    Please start buying land and building more schools. Atlanta is growing so fast and we need to be proactive in supporting education. Stop making our schools overcrowded and beyond capacity.
  • Katherine Brown
    signed 2018-09-21 17:34:37 -0400
  • Dabney Evans
    signed 2018-09-21 17:13:50 -0400
  • Sara Wade
    signed 2018-09-21 17:02:16 -0400
  • Yeabsira Lemma
    signed 2018-09-21 16:24:53 -0400
    Not fair for Globe family