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Preserve Transportation Funding for DeKalb County Schools

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Now is the time for PTSA Advocacy to ensure that the DeKalb County School Board does not cut transportation services to nearly 3,000 students!

Arabia Mountain High School (AMHS) is a School of Choice and offers successful programs in Career Pathways, Environmental Science and Engineering and was recognized this week as a "Green-Ribbon School" by the U.S. Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The academic dreams and hard work of nearly 3,000, including 891 AMHS students (over 1/2 of our entire student enrollment), are at risk.

These students depend on county bus transportation from the Satellite locations to pursue their academic goals. The elected members of the DeKalb County School Board have decided to eliminate the transportation lifeline for some of the best and brightest students in the DeKalb County School System.

Here are the facts:

AMHS is not accessible by public transportation services like the other high schools on the transportation elimination list.

There are no continuous sidewalks on Browns Mill Road for our students to walk to school, which may put an increased number students at risk along the 45 MPH speed limit state road.

Adding almost 900 additional cars to the Browns Mill Road area will create unbelievable gridlock and chaos in an already congested area. Recall the congestion "road rage" incident that occurred last year at the school that resulted in a parent brandishing a weapon on school property. The image at the top of this petition is a daily example of traffic volume on an average school day.

Consider the safety of the students. With the elimination of transportation options, new and inexperienced 16,17 & 18 years olds will be driving to AMHS in an already traffic intense and congested area.

An increased number of students may remain on campus, unsupervised, at the end of the school day as they wait for parents to arrive after working hours.

Eliminating transportation to AMHS would effectively close our high school, or turn it into a neighborhood school.

The next opportunity for public input on the board plan is Monday, July 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm. You should try to arrive by 5:00 p.m. to get into the auditorium.  

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