After a few weeks of community discussion and petitioning, the DeKalb County Schools planning department (headed by Chief Operating Officer Josh Williams and director of planning Dan Drake) has released an updated SPLOST V project list to be approved by the Board of Education (BOE) this coming Monday.

The most notable addition is the elementary school for the northern part of the Cross Keys cluster — presumably somewhere in the Doraville area. This is especially exciting for the families in this part of the county who have been waiting for years for relief from overcrowding.

As Maureen Downey posted in an op-ed from Parent Councils United president Allyson Gevertz, “The project list is based on superior data and unprecedented community input.” Hundreds of parents from the Cross Keys community have been involved since September 2015, as have hundreds from the surrounding communities of Chamblee, Dunwoody, Lakeside, and Brookhaven.

This project list isn’t perfect, but it is a step in the right direction for the school system. I understand there are a few who would like to request the DeKalb BOE to #DeferTheVote until February (as articulated in this op-ed from a Sagamore Hills parent), but it seems the overwhelming majority support the proposed project list. If you would like to come and show your support during the Community Input Session prior to the BOE vote on December 5, please wear white as a sign of solidarity. We want our Superintendent and BOE members to know that we support their hard work and planning efforts by wearing white. (Community Input Session begins at 5:45PM and the BOE vote and Business Meeting begins at 7PM at 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083.)

I think this arduous process has brought many community members together in a way that will hopefully transfer to continued involvement from the affected communities. There is much work to be done as we begin designing and implementing the proposed SPLOST V project list, and I look forward to seeing our communities continue to work together.