But let's get back to Austin.
We've written many posts about Dunwoody schools and Austin. Look HERE for a blog post from over three years ago, informing our readers that Austin would move to the baseball fields.
Please know the Austin folks didn't want a new school. They simply wanted a remodel. But a remodel wasn't good enough for some others in Dunwoody. The fine folks at DES penned a letter to the school system, insisting Austin be a new, 900 seat school. If the Dunwoody Sr Baseball supporters want someone to blame for losing their current site, the 2015 DES school council is one of a few places to look. Read the DES letter for a good-ole 'we aren't happy, and so everyone should be unhappy as well' letter. There is still a small faction of unhappy former Vandy (now DES) parents among us, and they believe a new Austin somehow evens the score.
And here is the Kingsley letter, written to the same tune. At least the Kingsley folks had the courage to sign their letter.
Yes, school councils can be brutal. We have local political activist(s) disguised as school council members, leading
Hey, Vandy Posse, we can't write a post without mentioning our great Vikings friends. Early word on the street is Vandy may be knocked down in three years, making room for the Dunwoody High expansion. County school district leaders will deny it, of course. (But take a look at our prior years of school posts, and we are on target most of the time.) Since our school councils FAILED to support Option A, and instead went way beyond Option B (by asking for an expansion not only at DHS but at PCMS as well) the high school needs to somehow add hundreds and hundreds of more seats, more parking spaces, and have some room for trailers as Perimeter and Doraville continue to grow residents, for now.
Or, imagine a Dunwoody where more kids go to private school or home-school, and/or we have less high school aged kids living here. Imagine a 2100-seat high school that has 200 or 300 empty seats. Those seats WILL NOT stay empty. You will see hundreds of kids traveling here from other areas of DeKalb, increasing traffic even more. Next to Tucker, Dunwoody is the smallest high school campus in our district (even when Vanderlyn is knocked down). It's in the middle of a residential neighborhood. This is not a good spot for a 2100-seat school. Yet the DHS council, with very little input from homeowners, if any, approved of this deal. Same for Peachtree Middle, set to hold 1,700 kids. And this deal was also 'approved' by the PCMS Foundation. Not sure if the PCMS school council voiced an opinion on this issue. If someone knows, please email us so we can update this post. Of course Kingsley supports this expansion plan as well. We haven't seen anything from Austin, Vanderlyn, or DES, in letter form, supporting Option A or B. We encourage these schools to meet quickly and submit a letter, supporting something/anything. Staying quiet on such an important issue is not an option.
Here at DunwoodyTalk, we want the city to postpone any Austin deal, and introduce the school system's plans on expanding DHS and PCMS into the mix. It's not too late. And it's not too late for elementary school councils, and the PCMS and DHS councils to revise (or simply have a response) their responses to DeKalb. In summary, the plans for school expansions in Dunwoody put forth by a few political activists in Dunwoody, disguised as school council members, are bad for students, parents, and homeowners.
Dunwoody City Council members still have time to voice opinions on this issue. Email them here: CouncilMembers@DunwoodyGa.gov
Don't accept an answer from your mayor and council saying it's not their area or not their issue. This issue does involve our city and the elected officials need to get involved now.