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Old 11-08-2011, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I voted Yes as well, primarily for the same reasons pless mentioned. We bought a house in Lake Claire 5 years ago, and a big reason was it's proximity to Mary Lin. Now that our kids are old enough to attend, I want them to stay there.

Frankly, though, I don't see a big risk of Lake Claire being redistricted. Post as many crossing guards as you want on DeKalb Ave, the fact remains that it, as well as the railroad tracks, pose a significant barrier between the neighborhoods. There are approximately only three points of direct access under the tracks - Rockyford, Whitefoord and Arizona. While on a map it shows that Toomer is closer to parts of Lake Claire as the crow flies, once you factor in having to go to one of these access points, then double back towards the school, that distance is a lot farther. Not to mention the traffic mess you'd have on DeKalb as parents tried to cross in the mornings and afternoons.

In any event, if you look through the demographers report they mention that one of their main points of consideration is boundary lines, specifically major traffic routes and railroad tracks. We also were told this by the School Commissioner's office when we called and asked about the rumors when they first came up this past spring.

A couple of things that are probably equally (or more) likely to happen are Inman Park being redistricted to Hope Hill, or parts or all of 30307 being redistricted out of the Inman Middle - Grady cluster. Everyone is so focused on keeping ML together right now, when it would behoove us to keep those schools in mind, as well.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:17 PM
 
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I voted Yes as well, primarily for the same reasons pless mentioned. We bought a house in Lake Claire 5 years ago, and a big reason was it's proximity to Mary Lin. Now that our kids are old enough to attend, I want them to stay there.

Frankly, though, I don't see a big risk of Lake Claire being redistricted. Post as many crossing guards as you want on DeKalb Ave, the fact remains that it, as well as the railroad tracks, pose a significant barrier between the neighborhoods. There are approximately only three points of direct access under the tracks - Rockyford, Whitefoord and Arizona. While on a map it shows that Toomer is closer to parts of Lake Claire as the crow flies, once you factor in having to go to one of these access points, then double back towards the school, that distance is a lot farther. Not to mention the traffic mess you'd have on DeKalb as parents tried to cross in the mornings and afternoons.

In any event, if you look through the demographers report they mention that one of their main points of consideration is boundary lines, specifically major traffic routes and railroad tracks. We also were told this by the School Commissioner's office when we called and asked about the rumors when they first came up this past spring.

A couple of things that are probably equally (or more) likely to happen are Inman Park being redistricted to Hope Hill, or parts or all of 30307 being redistricted out of the Inman Middle - Grady cluster. Everyone is so focused on keeping ML together right now, when it would behoove us to keep those schools in mind, as well.

I think the 30307school.org people are trying to keep the Grady-Inman-ML thing going. I cannot imagine the uproar that would occur if they broke up the whole cluster. These three neighborhoods, the entire community, are not exactly without means and definitely willing to become activists over education.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:25 PM
 
Location: ATL
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The only 1 cent vote Dekalb will get from me will be the transportation vote on next year
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:44 PM
 
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I think the 30307school.org people are trying to keep the Grady-Inman-ML thing going. I cannot imagine the uproar that would occur if they broke up the whole cluster. These three neighborhoods, the entire community, are not exactly without means and definitely willing to become activists over education.
You would hope but check out the schools posted to this flyer which just came out for Jackson HS. Very curious.

https://docs.google.com/document/pub...&mid=523&pli=1
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:57 PM
 
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You would hope but check out the schools posted to this flyer which just came out for Jackson HS. Very curious.

https://docs.google.com/document/pub...&mid=523&pli=1

On it's face it doesn't look suspicious. But if you've heard something...??
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:40 PM
 
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It could be nothing, but the flyer is currently causing quite a stir on the ML PTA Facebook page. The main point is that ML, Toomer, and Hope Hill are Grady cluster schools, so why are they included on a Jackson cluster meeting?
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Sandy Springs)
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Passes with 63%.

DeKalb County School SPLOST
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Yes 20,998 63%
No 12,122 37%
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:53 PM
 
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It could be nothing, but the flyer is currently causing quite a stir on the ML PTA Facebook page. The main point is that ML, Toomer, and Hope Hill are Grady cluster schools, so why are they included on a Jackson cluster meeting?
Oooh, wait, now I see Mary Lin listed there. Now THAT is suspicious. I think I'm going to this meeting.
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:59 PM
 
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Hey Aries,

Nice maps. What are you trying to say, though?

What I am saying is they're talking about redrawing those lines (for the schools, not npus).
Thanks, Lady Pless.

I'm not trying to say anything--I just thought the Lake Claire, Mary Lin, and Toomer discussion/debate needed visual maps so that those of us reading/involved can have good points of reference.
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Old 11-08-2011, 10:02 PM
 
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Thanks, Lady Pless.

I'm not trying to say anything--I just thought the Lake Claire, Mary Lin, and Toomer discussion/debate needed visual maps so that those of us reading/involved can have good points of reference.
They're nice maps!

And NAST is right - the rail tracks make a HUGE barrier between Kirkwood and LC/CP...I think they could never become a community the way IP/CP/and LC have.
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