Thursday, October 1, 2009
Schools suffer maintenance neglect countywide
Parents at Southwest DeKalb High are getting justifiably upset with the condition of the school grounds. Trees fall down and they are left they for days until a parent asks how long it will take to clean up. There is trash everywhere, including the front of the school. Sidewalks aren't edged and get overgrown. The curbs are overgrown. It's a mess. And it wasn't too long ago that the school had a $21 million dollar renovation.
A lot of the blame goes to the students, who are responsible for almost all the trash, and are old enough to know better. But a school's principal and administrative staff have to a) set an example for the students and remind them to be responsible, and b) they need to inspect their grounds often, and make sure the Sam Moss staff is doing their job with keeping a school's grounds the right way (because Sam Moss staff won't and don't if no one stays on them).
This is a perfect example of why parents and taxpayers around the county have had enough with the Crawford Lewis administration. We spend hundreds of millions on new and renovated facilities, and the facilities are simply not maintained to any kind of competent, professional standard. It's county-wide, too, not just at Cross Keys, Lakeside and Sequoyah. Parents are not happy at both ends of the county.
Sent to us anonymously via email including photos.