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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Who's signing

Mary Beth Black
Tatiana Silverman
Ellen Kelsch
Thomas Lawrence
Cindy Smith
Robyn Sugiura
Hunter Kelsch
Beth Graddy
Ryan Tabb
John Williams
Mary Saunders
Robert Abernathy
Kenneth Lynch
Elton Allen
Betsy Preiss
Pritesh Parekh
Richard Kennedy
Sudha Shah
Alan Roberts
Marion Hughes
norma Robertson
Meredith Kemp
Sandy Riley
Kelly Clay
Doug Grimmett
James Beauchamp
Lilian Kroger
Rodney Miller
Anita Adair
Melissa Banzhaf
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  • Mary Beth Black
    signed 2018-10-02 10:33:55 -0400
  • Tatiana Silverman
    signed 2018-10-02 10:25:41 -0400
  • Ellen Kelsch
    signed via 2018-10-02 08:41:25 -0400
  • Thomas Lawrence
    signed 2018-10-02 08:33:51 -0400
  • Cindy Smith
    signed 2018-10-02 08:05:02 -0400
  • Robyn Sugiura
    signed 2018-10-02 06:03:06 -0400
  • Hunter Kelsch
    signed 2018-10-01 22:51:08 -0400
  • Beth Graddy
    signed 2018-10-01 22:38:36 -0400
    Both of my kids graduated from LHS in 2017, and it was already too crowded. They could not even eat lunch. Lakeside cannot handle more students.
  • Ryan Tabb
    signed 2018-10-01 21:34:19 -0400
    Ryan K Tabb
  • John Williams
    signed 2018-10-01 20:12:42 -0400
  • Mary Saunders
    signed 2018-10-01 18:19:42 -0400
    Mary Saunders
  • Robert Abernathy
    signed 2018-10-01 18:09:10 -0400
  • Kenneth Lynch
    signed 2018-10-01 17:39:30 -0400
  • Elton Allen
    signed 2018-10-01 17:34:49 -0400
  • Betsy Preiss
    signed 2018-10-01 17:13:52 -0400
  • Pritesh Parekh
    signed 2018-10-01 14:56:16 -0400
  • Richard Kennedy
    signed 2018-10-01 14:55:35 -0400
  • Sudha Shah
    signed 2018-10-01 13:32:48 -0400
  • Alan Roberts
    signed 2018-10-01 13:32:20 -0400
  • Marion Hughes
    signed 2018-10-01 13:23:08 -0400
  • norma Robertson
    signed 2018-10-01 13:17:02 -0400
    Mega high schools do not improve the education system – just fill spaces with warm bodies. Today, with the current size of Lakeside, students become “lost in the crowd”. No one – not teachers, counselors or other paraprofessionals – even know their names – much less care about who they are, what their personal life is all about and whether they are troubled or lost souls. We cannot continue with this trend. I am a parent of a former Lakeside student. I saw first hand what was happening – the low caliber of the education system (unless your child was in an AP class) and the lack of accountability all the way to the top. Teachers cannot control the number of students they currently have – much less add another 750 students. They teach to disruption and chaos. We need to return our high schools to serve those in the surrounding neighborhood and improve other schools so that parents and students receive the education that tax payers fund and that they deserve.
  • Meredith Kemp
    signed 2018-10-01 12:40:42 -0400
  • Sandy Riley
    signed 2018-10-01 12:31:14 -0400
  • Kelly Clay
    signed 2018-09-30 20:46:20 -0400
  • Doug Grimmett
    signed 2018-09-30 16:57:34 -0400
  • James Beauchamp
    signed 2018-09-30 15:45:21 -0400
  • Lilian Kroger
    signed 2018-09-30 13:08:35 -0400
  • Rodney Miller
    signed 2018-09-30 10:58:40 -0400
    I oppose the expansion as both a parent of a Freshman at LHS and another student that will be arriving in the 2022 school year. I can attest to the horrible traffic conditions that exist today and I can only imagine the impact that this addition would have on the area traffic.
  • Anita Adair
    signed 2018-09-29 19:07:49 -0400
  • Melissa Banzhaf
    signed 2018-09-29 12:38:52 -0400