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

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Lisa Barrios
Annette Coker
Lynn Noma
Jessica LaPointe
Keyana McGlathery
Karen Dillard
Allison Arne
Robin Brosnan
Jonathan Fine
Brian Gay
Michael Carr
Sandi Angotti
Amy Flynn
Stephanie Gumbis
Mary Beth Martin
Miguel Thimann
Larissa Teunis
Amber Koter
Veronica Thimann
Melissa Sizemore
Lauren Izzo
Ilhan Olcay
Carol Davis
Denise Varnadoe
Lynn King
Lisa Beale
Emily Stevens
Owen Hill
Jerry Newsome
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  • Lisa Barrios
    signed 2018-09-21 16:08:51 -0400
  • Annette Coker
    signed 2018-09-21 16:05:02 -0400
  • Lynn Noma
    signed 2018-09-21 16:03:17 -0400
  • Jessica LaPointe
    signed 2018-09-21 15:57:39 -0400
  • Keyana McGlathery
    signed 2018-09-21 15:56:03 -0400
  • Karen Dillard
    signed 2018-09-21 15:53:22 -0400
  • Allison Arne
    signed 2018-09-21 15:27:30 -0400
  • Robin Brosnan
    signed 2018-09-21 15:14:27 -0400
  • Jonathan Fine
    signed 2018-09-21 15:12:15 -0400
  • Brian Gay
    signed 2018-09-21 14:56:36 -0400
    I teach at a K-8 school nearby. It is slated to be closed and turned into sports fields if this proposal passes. If this expansion occurs, 576 students will lose their school, which is like a second home. You will displace 90 teachers who give their heart and souls every day. Please fight against this. There has to be a solution, but tearing down an elementary school cannot be on the table.
  • Michael Carr
    signed 2018-09-21 14:51:01 -0400
  • Sandi Angotti
    signed 2018-09-21 14:45:32 -0400
  • Amy Flynn
    signed 2018-09-21 14:43:21 -0400
  • Stephanie Gumbis
    signed 2018-09-21 14:36:36 -0400
  • Mary Beth Martin
    signed 2018-09-21 14:33:12 -0400
  • Miguel Thimann
    signed 2018-09-21 14:32:26 -0400
  • Larissa Teunis
    signed 2018-09-21 14:26:54 -0400
  • Amber Koter
    signed 2018-09-21 14:26:45 -0400
  • Veronica Thimann
    signed 2018-09-21 14:26:32 -0400
  • Melissa Sizemore
    signed 2018-09-21 14:19:37 -0400
  • Lauren Izzo
    signed 2018-09-21 14:18:16 -0400
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  • Ilhan Olcay
    signed 2018-09-21 13:40:25 -0400
  • Carol Davis
    signed 2018-09-21 13:36:51 -0400
  • Denise Varnadoe
    signed 2018-09-21 13:20:20 -0400
  • Lynn King
    signed 2018-09-21 13:19:06 -0400
    I am totally opposed to adding mega additions at any high school until the new Brookhaven/Briarcliff/Cross Keys High is built to handle a population of 2500 and there has been a complete redistricting of all of DeKalb County.
  • Lisa Beale
    signed 2018-09-21 11:28:39 -0400
  • Emily Stevens
    signed 2018-09-21 10:45:51 -0400
  • Owen Hill
    signed 2018-09-21 10:25:53 -0400
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  • Jerry Newsome
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