By Dick Williams For The Crier
Schools across DeKalb County opened Monday, but at two local elementary schools, disruptive forces were at work.
The most serious situation was at Vanderlyn Elementary in Dunwoody where the 4th- and 5th-grade students were without dedicated classrooms. The staff was forced to find temporary space for the hundreds of students whose trailers were moved earlier this month.
Outside the school, eight county-owned trailers were being assembled to replace the 16 rental trailers. Construction workers labored over the weekend to begin assembling the trailers.
The DeKalb school system prefers to strike a positive chord, saying the disruption is part of ending the leases on 99 trailers and saving more than $450,000 a year. The system said it would renovate 191 trailers at 36 schools with new tile floors, repainted floors and ceilings, new powers, power-washed and painted exteriors and sealed roofs.
Across the system, all renovations were completed except for Vanderlyn.
“First,” says the system in answers to questions from The Crier, “the principal has made temporary adjustments in the main building to ensure the delivery of instructional services for the teachers and students. Second, the quad assembly, connection of plumbing and electricity and installations of landings will take place Aug. 12-18.”
There are also very serious issues at Montgomery Elementary.
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We find the system’s response rude and dismissive. They voted on this trailer issue way back in May. Teachers cleared out their belongings in May. Then the system leaders did nothing. Vanderlyn had 16 trailer classrooms!! WHO ON EARTH creates a schedule to install trailers for classrooms AFTER school has started? Pathetic is the only word for it.