Two online petitions regarding changing Dunwoody’s elementary schools boundaries have garnered hundreds of signatures, but advocate two distinctly different visions.
The first, launched Jan. 9, is called a “Petition for Dunwoody Schools.” It had 995 signatures as of Jan. 18.
The petition advocates keeping Dunwoody Elementary School open solely for 4th and 5th graders. District proposals call for the school to change to a kindergarten through fifth grade school under a sweeping redistricting proposal for DeKalb County schools.
The petition also states its concern with the number of renters, versus homeowners, who would attend Dunwoody Elementary School if it were changed.
“The percentage of renters at (Dunwoody Elementary School) would be over 60 percent compared compared with 0 percent at Vanderlyn and 0 percent at Austin,” said the petition. Click here to view the petition.
DeKalb County Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson is expected to make a recommendation on redistricting Jan. 31.
The second petition, written by Rick Callihan, a contributor to the Dunwoody Reporter, and other parents calls for Dunwoody Elementary School to be changed to accommodate students from kindergarten to fifth grade. Click here to view the petition.
The petition, called “Dunwoody in Support of DeKalb County School Board” had 924 signatures as of Jan. 18.
The petition calls for all schools in the Dunwoody area to be populated in the 92 percent to more than 100 percent range. One of the reasons the school district is in the process of redrawing its attendance boundaries is that approximately 11,000 seats in schools across the district are unfilled.
The petition also states that geographic proximity and instructional capacity should drive the new attendance zones.