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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.

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

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.

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