The Staff Recommended Plan to alleviate the overcrowding in the Cross Keys cluster has just been announced. I’m working on a response at this point, but I wanted to get the information out there for people to see what DeKalb County planning officials are proposing.

Round 2: Cross Keys HS (February 11)

Round 2 Agenda – English, Español – Spanish
Round 2 Presentation – EnglishEspañol – Spanish
Round 2 Handouts
Round 2 Redistricting Options:
Staff Recommended Plan (Poster Size)
Staff Recommended Plan (8.5 X 11)

Round 2 Online Comment Form (Comment form will close on Thursday, February 18th at 11:59 PM)


Please be sure to leave comments at the link above. A few quick points of concern I have:

  1. This current plan does not even attempt to address the overcrowding at Sequoyah Middle School (and Chamblee Middle School has around 150 seats open and ZERO trailers).
  2. Chamblee High School should receive more than the 230 students allotted in this plan, and — I say this with great hesitancy — it should be willing to use at least a few trailers in order to alleviate the overcrowding at Cross Keys High School.
  3. This current plan calls for students in the Woodward and Montclair ES attendance zones to travel all the way to Fernbank ES — a good 30-40 minute ride during traffic.

I do want to say, however, that I am very encouraged by the school system’s use of two of the top schools in the district to help alleviate the overcrowding. But, as many others (including Dunwoody School Daze) have pointed out, this plan does not offer much relief for our community. That will hopefully happen after this short-term plan is executed.

Another positive about this plan is the fact that Warren Technical School seems to have been preserved as it currently is. It is encouraging to see that Mr. Drake, Mr. Williams, and others in the planning department listened to many of the concerns raised regarding that important program.

Please stay involved in the process, as a final decision will be made at the March 7 Board of Education meeting after the superintendent makes his recommendation. Provide feedback because — as this second round shows us — DCSD is trying to listen to our community and is trying to be responsive to our needs.