The DeKalb County School System has consistently underserved the community of Cross Keys. It is the only high school without an auditorium or a promised auditorium; their track and field are unusable and in fact, dangerous; they have few sidewalks; there is no access to the outdoor fields from inside the building and their weight room (filled with donated equipment) is accessible only through the boys locker room (girls have no access to the weight room).
Further, much of the construction work that was done with SPLOST money, was actually part of the money allocated for the High School of Technology North, which was traded for land with Georgia Perimeter College and then merged in with Cross Keys. There are some great programs in the HSTN, but they are separate, area-wide programs which students from several other schools attend half-days and are then transported back to their home schools.
In my discussions with community members on the subject, they are firm believers that the school would be much better cared for under the control and leadership of the City of Brookhaven. The Brookhaven mayor and leaders would welcome the opportunity to improve the schools in the area, which would also serve to entice businesses to locate there. Currently, businesses shy away, almost solely due to the condition of the local schools.
UPDATE>> Full video of the press conference is available now>> It’s worth watching.