From this evening’s AJC report on today’s board meeting.
By Ty Tagami
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The DeKalb County school board has a couple of weeks to consider proposed changes to attendance lines, but members seemed ready Tuesday to toss one idea off the table within moments of hearing it.
Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson presented a draft of her plan to merge some schools and expand others as part of a new five-year school construction program. The proposal affects several thousand students, including some middle school students Atkinson wants to send to high schools in a money-saving merger.
One idea was merging two South DeKalb middle schools, McNair and Cedar Grove, with McNair and Cedar Grove high schools. It provoked a strong reaction from several board members, who worried about mixing sixth-graders with teenagers and young adults.
The last time DeKalb tried that, said board member Jay Cunningham, pregnant girls were mixing with younger kids.
Sarah Copelin-Wood called the idea “ludicrous.”