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DeKalb to Close 12 Schools and Uproot More Students
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DeKalb to Close 12 Schools and Uproot More Students

DEKALB COUNTY, GA -- Public hearings are scheduled to start next week in DeKalb County, after the school board proposed closing 12 elementary schools, citing too few students. Livsey Elementary School is one on the proposed list to close.

Beloved by families in the neighborhood, officials say it has low enrollment and that consolidating student populations is the best way to maximize learning and funding.

Marshall Orson, president of Fernbank Elementary's School Council says, "This is a school that was built for the Druid Hills neighborhood. It's been here for 52 years. It's a phenomenal school, probably one of the highest performing in DeKalb County, probably all of Georgia."

Fernbank Elementary is the only school Orson's children have ever known. But part of the plan to close the 12 schools includes redistricting. Fernbank wouldn't absorb any students, it would actually lose more than a hundred to other elementary schools that didn't perform as well.

"The criteria that were established for making these decisions included as one of their most important criteria was not to divide a neighborhood. In fact this plan divides Druid Hills into two parts, those who remain at Fernbank, those who are sent to another school," said Orson.

Under the plan, Orson's children would be sent to another elementary school, further away and lower performing. A series of public hearing will be held beginning next week. Fernbank's fight to keep their neighborhood intact is just one battle that will play out around the county, as parents fight for the best education for their children.

"We think that this is a horrendous mistake if this plan were to go through as it is," Orson said.

With a powerful PTA and School Council, parents are fighting the move. A final vote from the board is expected within the month. 

 

 

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