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Parents File Complaint Against the DeKalb School System

It remains unclear how or if the complaint will have any effect on the closure of Medlock Elementary or redistricting plans at nearby schools.

A group of parents filed a complaint against the DeKalb County School System and have asked a judge for a moratorium on the school board’s decision last night to close eight schools, including .

It remains unclear how or if the complaint will have any effect on the school system's plans to close the school and reset attendance zones at nearby schools, including and elementary schools.

Latasha Walker of Lithonia and three other DeKalb County parents said the school system planned its decision without “community, parent, and student participation,” according to the complaint filed in DeKalb County Superior Court on Monday.

The parents have requested an audit of operations and details of how the decision to close schools and redistrict others was made.

“The county listens in public input meetings, however they as a district fail to listen and proactively implement concerns, as they have failed to make all schools great no matter the level of income and participation,” according to the complaint.

DeKalb residents Latasha Walker, Kim Ault, Kendall London and Annette Davis Jackson were listed on the complaint.

John Evans of the DeKalb NAACP also is listed in the document. However, when reached for comment, Evans said his name was used without his permission and he has asked that it be removed from the complaint.

Patch was unable to reach Walker, the lead plaintiff, or school system officials for comment.

Helen Lenkerd March 09, 2011 at 03:49 PM
I don't have enough legal expertise to comment on the complaint itself. But I am heartbroken that Medlock School is closing. I live in the neighborhood, and though my children are grown (they were graduates of Medlock and Druid Hills), I continue to love and support the school. It is the hub of our community. What will be done with the building? As a retired teacher, I am aware of enough waste which could be cut to save a large portion of the needed money. And I just read that we are hiring 75 new teachers! How about moving some supervisors from County Office to classrooms? We have more than enough. Thanks for listening. Helen Lenkerd, Medlock area

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