Thursday, September 11, 2008

Vanderlyn & the City of Dunwoody

I had the opportunity to sit down and spend time with new Vanderlyn Principal Noel Maloof on Wednesday. It's hard not to like Noel personally and even harder not to love him as an educator. When he was appointed to the job this summer, making the short trek from Dunwoody High School where he was an assistant principal, a mutual friend told me what a "great" hire it was. I concur. Not only does Noel relate exceptionally well with the children, he has a wonderful vision for Vanderlyn. And he was quick to credit Mrs. Burger for some terrific hires.

I asked Mr. Maloof what the new city of Dunwoody could do to make his job easier. I was not surprised by his answer, "help with the traffic!" Hopefully the city will have the resources to have a police officer make routine patrols during morning drop off and afternoon pickup. Mr. Maloof said that would go a long way towards solving the problem. But he said school officials, parents and even the students must do their share! Many of us are in a hurry in the morning as we start a busy day, but there is never an excuse to exceed the speed limits on roads surrounding the school. That won't be tolerated when we become a city if I am elected to the council. Our children's safety always, always comes first.

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