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.



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keller smith
Stephanie Meisner
Kay Colson
Steven Hochman
Eric Fuqua
Colleen Rowland
Anthony Miccichi
Erika Perricone
Sally Brooks
Tracy Stuart
Marty Bova-Banks
virginia robinson
Lynn Hood
Nancy Saltmarsh
Debbi Smith
Helen Lovern
Dr. Faye L. Clark
Leslie Haizlip
Jennifer Cole
Lynn Marchisen
Claire Belisle
Dow Blaine
Richard Penn
Mark Rivellese
Barbara Van Nostrand
Walter Hopkins
Janet Hillman
Julie Wilson
Gail McCabe
rima vydmantas
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  • keller smith
    signed 2018-10-08 15:54:57 -0400
  • Stephanie Meisner
    signed 2018-10-08 12:27:06 -0400
  • Kay Colson
    signed 2018-10-07 18:19:28 -0400
    I am against any expansion to LHS. The student population should be cut back to the 2012 expansion level of ~1,700 and the budgeted expansion $$s allocated to correct many current issues, i.e., pool, tennis courts, and many more.
  • Steven Hochman
    signed 2018-10-06 22:06:23 -0400
  • Eric Fuqua
    signed 2018-10-06 13:07:24 -0400
  • Colleen Rowland
    signed 2018-10-05 15:22:53 -0400
  • Anthony Miccichi
    signed 2018-10-05 13:27:12 -0400
  • Erika Perricone
    signed 2018-10-04 14:51:57 -0400
  • Sally Brooks
    signed 2018-10-04 12:43:28 -0400
    I graduated from LHS in 1988 and I currently live on Oak Grove Rd. I feel strongly that we should not expand the school and we should not increase the local neighborhood traffic. Improve the school as it is and bring the academic standards back up to excellence.
  • Tracy Stuart
    signed 2018-10-04 11:54:35 -0400
  • Marty Bova-Banks
    signed 2018-10-03 17:47:33 -0400
  • virginia robinson
    signed 2018-10-03 16:15:11 -0400
  • Lynn Hood
    signed 2018-10-03 15:52:37 -0400
  • Nancy Saltmarsh
    signed 2018-10-03 09:17:40 -0400
  • Debbi Smith
    signed 2018-10-02 19:31:21 -0400
  • Helen Lovern
    signed 2018-10-02 17:43:11 -0400
  • Dr. Faye L. Clark
    signed 2018-10-02 15:37:17 -0400
  • Leslie Haizlip
    signed 2018-10-02 15:10:03 -0400
  • Jennifer Cole
    signed 2018-10-02 13:51:25 -0400
  • Lynn Marchisen
    signed 2018-10-02 12:58:50 -0400
  • Claire Belisle
    signed 2018-10-02 12:55:00 -0400
    It has been proven time and time again that smaller schools provide a better education. Bigger is definitely not better, nor does more money make a school system better.
  • Dow Blaine
    signed 2018-10-02 12:50:15 -0400
  • Richard Penn
    signed 2018-10-02 12:41:11 -0400
  • Mark Rivellese
    signed 2018-10-02 12:32:30 -0400
  • Barbara Van Nostrand
    signed 2018-10-02 12:29:49 -0400
  • Walter Hopkins
    signed 2018-10-02 12:16:55 -0400
    Traffic is already a problem in the Lakeside area due to it own traffic, plus the proximity to Briarlake and Oak Grove Elementaries. The area cannot absorb the increased traffic. Build another school or redistribute the outer reaches of the district to another high school.
  • Janet Hillman
    signed 2018-10-02 12:15:45 -0400
  • Julie Wilson
    signed 2018-10-02 12:01:55 -0400
  • Gail McCabe
    signed 2018-10-02 12:00:18 -0400
    Please stop adding population to our already over-stressed area!
  • rima vydmantas
    signed 2018-10-02 11:23:16 -0400