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.

 

 

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Ginger Vento
Eleanor Ho
Darren Fagan
Zhiqiang Cheng
Robert Varnadoe
Cheryl Buersmeyer
Helen Schroeder
Huanchun Zhang
Bonnie Buell
Xia Lin
Tara Vanwormer
Anne Murphy
Heather Prusik
Jan Suttkus
Christie Bearden
Sharon Doering
Stacey Voogd
Sabrina Rivellese
Gertrude Caruso
Trevor McKibbin
Sally Littlejohn
Meghan Noe
Peyton Lawrence
Magda Rivers
Mary Cogswell
Sharmi Lawrence
James Bailey
David Barry
Leonie Steinhauer
Alyssa Withee
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  • Ginger Vento
    signed 2018-09-22 21:00:47 -0400
  • Eleanor Ho
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  • Darren Fagan
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  • Zhiqiang Cheng
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  • Robert Varnadoe
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  • Cheryl Buersmeyer
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  • Helen Schroeder
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  • Huanchun Zhang
    signed via 2018-09-22 19:26:50 -0400
  • Bonnie Buell
    signed 2018-09-22 19:24:57 -0400
    We love our school, but the roads are just not going to be safe. Marta has already had to suspend service down Briarcliff.
  • Xia Lin
    signed via 2018-09-22 19:20:11 -0400
  • Tara Vanwormer
    signed 2018-09-22 19:02:47 -0400
  • Anne Murphy
    signed 2018-09-22 18:41:18 -0400
  • Heather Prusik
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  • Jan Suttkus
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  • Christie Bearden
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  • Sharon Doering
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  • Stacey Voogd
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  • Sabrina Rivellese
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  • Gertrude Caruso
    signed 2018-09-22 16:41:39 -0400
    Read the petitions sound, insightful reasons. Build a new high school!
  • Trevor McKibbin
    signed 2018-09-22 16:19:31 -0400
  • Sally Littlejohn
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  • Meghan Noe
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  • Peyton Lawrence
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  • Magda Rivers
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  • Mary Cogswell
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  • Sharmi Lawrence
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  • James Bailey
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  • David Barry
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  • Leonie Steinhauer
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  • Alyssa Withee
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