Several representatives of the Cross Keys cluster of schools came to the last DeKalb School Board meeting, once again pleading for attention for their facilities. They have been warning the district about over-crowding for years and now, the scale has tipped. One speaker let us know that the cluster now has more students spending their entire school career in trailers than there are total students enrolled in nearby schools. In addition, one of the elementary schools trailers have been placed on the playground – virtually eliminating the ability to have recess time for these children!
The original DSW blog reported on the horrible conditions at Cross Keys High School several years ago and some money was eventually spent on the building. Truthfully, a majority of that money was spent to move the High School of Technology North into the Cross Keys facility. The original HSTN building had been traded to Perimeter College for property to build the brand new Dunwoody Elementary School. But some money was also spent to clean up the rest of the facility. Three years later, the very dangerous outdoor track was finally replaced as well.
Watch this video for some real truth about the lack of equity in DeKalb schools. This has long been and continues to be our frustration with the leadership in DeKalb – the vast crevasse between the haves and the have-nots; the focus only on the high achievers (mostly magnet schools) along with the refusal to admit that there are many students who are not afforded respectable facilities, proper books, tools and technology and the per pupil spending required in the classroom in order to achieve the best possible results.