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Parent: Don't Shift Me from Lakeside High to Tucker

Under a proposal discussed Thursday, Evansdale Elementary School students would attend Tucker High School instead of Lakeside High School.

A local parent said Thursday she's upset that a redistricting proposal would shift her from Lakeside High School's attendance zone to Tucker High School.

Jennifer Hatfield, PTA president at Evansdale Elementary School, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that under a draft proposal discussed at a Thursday DeKalb County Board of Education meeting, her children would no longer attend Lakeside High.

From the AJC story:

[Hatfield] said she paid more money to buy a house near the better-performing Lakeside.

Hatfield suspected officials wanted to sneak the changes through.

“I think they wanted to intentionally not give us time to mobilize,” she said. She said a January deadline is still too soon.

Read the AJC story for more information.

The Evansdale shift is the only major change proposed for most residents in the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area. I've attached school system Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson's presentation to the board in a PDF at right. The Evansdale shift would move 289 students from Lakeside High to Tucker High.

A second proposed shift in the Druid Hills cluster would move 69 students from Laurel Ridge Elementary School – those living in the school attendance zone's southern third – to Fernbank Elementary School. Fernbank Elementary would also take on 16 additional students from the southern tip of Briar Vista Elementary School's attendance zone.

What do you think of the proposal? Not a many changes for our area (compared to other places... ). Make sure you check out the PDF presentation at right. Then tell us what you think in the comments section below.

wle atlanta II December 07, 2012 at 12:03 PM
yeah kill that i'm be in evansdale they also want to send middle schoolers to Tucker MS, 4 miles away instead of Henderson Mill MS, 1.8 miles away wle
Crash December 07, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Time to enroll in private schools!!
wle atlanta II December 07, 2012 at 04:00 PM
if i'd wanted to do drive way farther and pay way more, i could have saved 150k on my house wle
Meghan Ramsey December 07, 2012 at 06:55 PM
You know, I bought a house thinking my child would be attending Medlock Elementary...that didn't work out. Nor did we get moved to Laurel Ridge like most Medlock families. There is more to school than test scores. If you read the entire 114-page draft proposal, the shifts make a lot of sense. Now, trying to push things through on an accelerated timetable is another issue entirely. That is unacceptable and I'm happy that there has been a shift to bring things down to a more reasonable pace.
Tom Doolittle December 07, 2012 at 08:59 PM
After the last redistricting effort of the separate and individual Lakeside zone elementary school representatives, then corralled by Lakeside's leaders to form one effort--this is a story that deserves a lot of attention. Is this to relieve Lakeside overcrowding--or has another school been proposed to be added to Lakeside in what would amount to a trade? Won't adding a school to Tucker exceed its maximum?
Barbara Steenrod December 12, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Same thing is happening to us. Our home if the past 7 yes which we paid 40% more for than houses not far away with the same specs because it was in the better performing lakeside high district, will now lose a quick $100k off its value being thrown into tucker high zone. It's not enough that our homes have depreciated or failed to appreciate in value the past 5 years due to the economy, now our county school board wants to go ahead and cut our other hand off too? It also means another $15-$18k a year in private school which will be mandatory since no child should be put in a lower performing schooling the middle of their education, and for us, that would be Tucker high.. Thanks Dekalb County! 35 years living in your community, remind us to move to another county as soon as we can recover some of these losses you are causing us and get out of dodge. We are moving our company businesses too. This county has continued to fail us over and over with the absolute mess they have allowed in the public schools.
Sarah F March 22, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Once again, an article that is about Tucker isn't on the Tucker Patch. It's interesting how Tucker HS can be so terrible yet have an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and a graduation rate that's 9.63 percentage points higher than Lakeside's (which is lower than average for the state). http://www.11alive.com/rss/article/237465/3/High-school-graduation-rate-falls-to-67-percent
Tuckered Out in Tucker March 23, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Baccalaureate whoopee= Liberal anti-American indoctrination. wow, they are successful.
Doctor DeKalb March 24, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Larry, your wife is a Realtor. You should mention your interest in commenting here.
Doctor DeKalb March 24, 2013 at 11:39 PM
They removed Idlewood Elementary from Tucker without their input and against the wishes of parents there, too.
Doctor DeKalb March 24, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Sounds like some people got swindled into thinking Lakeside was better. Interesting that the article says, "Don't move me..." Someone should tell these parents that it isn't about "them" it is about the kids. And what is best for the kids if for them to go to school with other kids in their own community. Sorry to tell you, but Evansdale is in Tucker and it is a better performing school.
wle atlanta II March 25, 2013 at 12:27 PM
"Doctor DeKalb Larry, your wife is a Realtor. You should mention your interest in commenting here." no, wrong person. wle
wle atlanta II March 25, 2013 at 12:28 PM
evansdale is in tucker? no, doraville zip code it;s 5 miles to tucker from here wle
wle atlanta II March 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM
closer to chamblee than tucker wle

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