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

Kelly Weirich
Toby Newcomer
Pilar Plazas
Kenneth Lippe
Gina Burke
Andrew Gross
Argy Russell
Dianne Bailey
Mary Ellen Keen
Kathryn Hochman
Joseph Wickham
Christine Edwards
Marcia Taylor
Christine Lallos
James Howard
Julie Miccichi
Maxine Parrish
Martin Nathan
Susan Orman
Stephen Barton
Mary S Newell
Elvira De Lurgio
Jim Bozza
Helen Brownell
Tim Jarnagin
Iris Abelson (Weissman)
craig castanet
Joshua Saul
Gary Akins
Ron Thompson
500 signatures

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  • Kelly Weirich
    signed 2018-11-05 12:07:14 -0500
  • Toby Newcomer
    signed 2018-10-31 21:55:33 -0400
  • Pilar Plazas
    signed 2018-10-31 21:53:32 -0400
  • Kenneth Lippe
    signed 2018-10-29 10:48:36 -0400
    Expansion of the school is a bad idea that runs against our community’s interests and desires. Building a parking garage will undoubtedly severely exacerbate an already overcrowded traffic situation (and create an eyesore in a residential neighborhood, and introduce new crime and accident risks). Cutting out forest to relocate the baseball field will further erode the existing natural sound barrier to the adjacent residential homes and will add to the critically overtaxed drainage situation which will result in a public health hazard adding to the existing flooding problem at the Briarcliff Road and Briarlake Road intersection, as well as add silt to the existing acute silt crisis at Echo Lake, which already requires frequent and expensive dredging. This is before the subject of how expansion of an already crowded school will effect education. Build another school. Lakeside: Better, not Bigger!
  • Gina Burke
    signed 2018-10-29 07:12:28 -0400
  • Andrew Gross
    signed 2018-10-26 15:52:07 -0400
  • Argy Russell
    signed 2018-10-24 20:35:26 -0400
  • Dianne Bailey
    signed 2018-10-24 11:10:11 -0400
  • Mary Ellen Keen
    signed 2018-10-22 22:05:41 -0400
    Our daughter was a 2016 graduate of LHS and we had serious concerns about overcrowding, class size and most importantly academic standards then. Making the campus larger will create more issues rather than resolving them. Better NOT Bigger.
  • Kathryn Hochman
    signed 2018-10-22 12:28:08 -0400
  • Joseph Wickham
    signed 2018-10-22 09:27:39 -0400
    Joseph B Wickham
  • Christine Edwards
    signed 2018-10-22 05:59:47 -0400
    Alumni class of 95’
  • Marcia Taylor
    signed 2018-10-21 18:26:29 -0400
  • Christine Lallos
    signed 2018-10-21 16:47:32 -0400
  • James Howard
    signed 2018-10-21 16:43:38 -0400
  • Julie Miccichi
    signed 2018-10-21 15:28:12 -0400
    Julie Miccichi
  • Maxine Parrish
    signed 2018-10-21 15:19:05 -0400
  • Martin Nathan
    signed 2018-10-21 12:09:54 -0400
    Read “In Search of Excellence” to better understand that smaller can be — and usually is — better.
  • Susan Orman
    signed 2018-10-20 16:09:52 -0400
  • Stephen Barton
    signed 2018-10-20 12:39:22 -0400
  • Mary S Newell
    signed 2018-10-20 11:42:31 -0400
    Dump this plan! Traffic is already untenable. Show some thought, imagination, and foresight. Build a new HS elsewhere.
  • Elvira De Lurgio
    signed 2018-10-20 11:02:15 -0400
    I sincerely hope that a better solution can be found.
  • Jim Bozza
    signed 2018-10-19 09:20:53 -0400
  • Helen Brownell
    signed 2018-10-19 08:38:34 -0400
  • Tim Jarnagin
    signed 2018-10-18 22:48:27 -0400
  • Iris Abelson (Weissman)
    signed 2018-10-18 22:30:35 -0400
  • craig castanet
    signed 2018-10-18 21:21:56 -0400
  • Joshua Saul
    signed 2018-10-16 15:01:26 -0400
    How is it possible for Dekalb county to create and implement a plan for sustainable growth in our community when the school board ignores the commissioners concerns to implement their own plan? Let’s figure out the best way to create a successful way of accommodating Lakeside’s student population without sacrificing the environment they will be interacting with every day.
  • Gary Akins
    signed 2018-10-15 18:52:40 -0400
  • Ron Thompson
    signed 2018-10-15 15:59:36 -0400
    How is it possible that DeKalb County School Board could submit this plan without a strategic and environmental impact statement to explore the educational, safety, TRAFFIC, and ENVIRONMENTAL concerns and the impact on the neighborhood? They need to repeat their grade until they understand that this impacts more than just their budget!