This post is not to criticize Dan Drake or his hard work. He has always been responsive to my questions. I know absolutely nothing about enrollment projections or population trends, etc. However, I can sit down plug in data and have, what I feel, is a common-sense look at reality. Below is a chart I have put together of some data around which I feel it is important to review and ask questions. I have had several conversations with other DCSD stakeholders over the past few weeks which have helped me to put together my thoughts.
Here are my “two-cents” fwiw:
From the data below and with the questions I still have surrounding the enrollment projections, in my view, it makes sense to go ahead with the following already approved projects:
- New CKHS area elementary school in Doraville.
- New CKHS middle school to relieve Sequoyah and possibly Chamblee Middle School if magnet program will continue to be located in CMS. Or could an enlarged Magnet program move to new CKHS MS? With extra capacity at MS additional academic programs could be a strong consideration. Can this MS provide relief for Henderson MS?
- New 2,500 seat CKHS high school should also relieve CCHS and Lakeside HS overcrowding?
Unless there is something that I am overlooking, I believe you can provide the CKHS community what they should have and deserve to have without bringing about possible catastrophic affects on the CCHS community. Wouldn't it make more sense to build the new CKHS area schools (ES, MS, HS) and then step back and see where the school district is as far as population trends?
Via the EPSPLOT-V Project list, this is what is being proposed for Chamblee Charter HS:
- Adding 30 classrooms
- Minimum enlargements of media center, cafeteria, kitchen
- A parking deck
- Synthetic turf on practice field
Question: Can Chamblee-Dunwoody (2 lane road) handle the extra school traffic? Traffic along this road is a stand-still most mornings and afternoons.
CCHS is the ONLY DCSD high school that does NOT have a track and large (95,000 sq ft) playing field under its control for its athletes. CCHS is only allowed to use North DeKalb Stadium when events are not scheduled. Spring is a busy time for athletics in DCSD and CCHS was unable to use North DeKalb at all in March. At its projected enrollment, CCHS will be a AAAAAAA school with minimal practice facilities for their athletic teams. That seems, to me, totally unacceptable.
CCHS also doesn’t have the luxury of using the Chamblee Middle School practice field as it is a 32,000 square foot field (smallest among DCSD middle schools). So, PCMS stakeholders, count your blessings for the amount of land PCMS has on hand.
These particular thoughts are Chamblee-centered. My thoughts on the unacceptable delay of PCMS and DHS additions at those schools will follow.
October 2016 FTE
Projected 2016-2017 Enrollment
Under/Over DCSD Projection
2016-2017 School Capacity
DCSD Projected Enrollment 2022 (Option: Do Nothing)
Add'l Enrollment to Reach Projections (2016 vs 2022)
+/- Capacity (Option: Do Nothing)
|Ashford Park ES|
|Will Ashford Park "gain" 166 students in 5 years?|
|Huntley Hills ES|
|Projection appears sound here.|
|Will Montgomery "gain" 211 students in 5 years?|
|Will Chamblee MS "gain" 276 students in 5 years? Let's hope not. The CMS campus is not equipped to handle the number of projected students.|
|Chamblee Charter HS|
|Will Chamblee HS "gain" 677 students in 5 years? Again, let's hope not. The CCHS campus is not equipped to handle the number of projected new stuents. Also, not seeing this unless luxury apt/townhome "boom" in Brookhaven/Chamblee brings more students public, which is not typically the case w/ this type of housing.|
|Cary Reynolds ES|
|Will Cary Reynolds "lose" 65 seats in 5 years?|
|Will the Montclair students redistricted to Fernbank return to CKHS Cluster?|
|Will Sequoyah MS "gain" 423 students in 5 years?|
|Cross Keys HS|
|Will Cross Keys HS "gain" 859 students in 5 years? How much of an effect will current gentrification of Buford Highway have on CKHS cluster student enrollment?|
|Will Henderson MS "gain" 207 students in 5 years?|
|Will Lakeside "gain" 423 students in 5 years?|