Dunwoody Restricting Urgent Post for Four Oaks Neighbors

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Four Oaks Neighbors –

I wanted to bring to your attention that DCSD is in the midst of redistricting our cluster and has proposed 3 options to our cluster. These options IMMENSELY EFFECT US AS FOUR OAKS RESIDENCE SINCE NO MATTER WHAT WE WILL STILL BE IN THE KINGSLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT!

Please please please read!

Even though Kingsley elementary is one of the smaller schools in the Dunwoody cluster, the current re-districting will have the most significant impact on our neighborhood school. As the district collects feedback on the options they’ve created, a unified message from all neighbors who reside in the Kingsley cluster is critical to our voices being heard.
Please use this link to take the district feedback survey: https://tinyurl.com/yyf8pcqu
Surveys must be completed by midnight on November 10, 2019
The survey will ask for your feedback on the three options the district has created. Please throw your support behind Option 3.

Here are some key pro / con messages you can base your responses on:

OPTION ONE:
Cons:
• Creates a lack of diversity within the Kingsley school
• Provides no relief to entire Dunwoody cluster, just moves children around
• Violates the DCSS Geographic location policy when redistricting (LaCota is 2.9 miles from Kingsley, but only 1.0 mile from Hightower)
• Does not relieve use of trailers

OPTION TWO:
Cons:
• Creates a lack of diversity within the Kingsley school
• Provides no relief to entire Dunwoody cluster, just moves children around
• Violates the DCSS Geographic location policy when redistricting (LaCota is 2.9 miles from Kingsley, but only 1.0 mile from Hightower)

OPTION THREE PROS:
Pros:
• Follows the DCSS Geographic location policy when redistricting
• Fewest number of trailers throughout the entire cluster
• Provides the most students access to new schools, (United & Austin)
• Long term solution that provides the most relief to the entire cluster
• Balances special programs, spreads ESOL resources across schools
• Creates socio-economic diversity instead of consolidation

In summary, Option 3 is the most equitable solution. We favor geographic proximity over the interests of artificially “intact” neighborhoods with outsize voices (who have been leaving Kingsley out of parent-led map options). There are many students who live within 2 miles of Kingsley, and would have safe access points via Mt Vernon Place from the north.

If you have any trouble with the URL above, please try this one:
https://dekalb.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8jDHu3xXewMXQVf

I am happy to answer any questions you have over email or by text / call. 770-403-1916

This email is coming to you as a CONCERNED RESIDENT, not as a Kingsley PTO Leader.

Stephenie Gordon | Vice President
Schlesinger Group
5909 Peachtree Dunwoody Road. Suite 950
Atlanta, Georgia 30328, United States
T. (770) 396-8700 x107
Stephenie.Gordon@SchlesingerGroup.com | www.SchlesingerGroup.com