Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Answer to Tilly Mill/N.Peachtree Question; Meet with Dr. Lewis

Yesterday we asked the question, "why is there a Dunwoody police car parked at the intersection of Tilly Mill and North Peachtree seemingly every day of the week? With a policeman simply sitting in his car?" Thanks to the rapid response of Councilman Tom Taylor and Police Chief Billy Grogan, we now have the answer. Chief Grogan said it all stems from the traffic jams created by Georgia Perimeter College. "The officer parked there is working a part-time job, paid for by Georgia Perimeter College to help with traffic," said Grogan. "In most instances, the officer is there to observe traffic and assist in the intersection if it becomes blocked. In rare instances, the officer will actually work traffic in the intersection. However, his main job is to keep the intersection clear. This is only a temporary job during the start-up of the new semester." Taylor said that the city of Dunwoody has held meetings with GPC on a traffic plan, and in addition, the college has altered its class schedules to help alleviate backups.
Reading Councilman John Heneghan's blogsite reminded me to pass along next Wednesday's meeting with the DeKalb County School System superintendent. Thanks to the Dunwoody Chamblee Parent's Council, Dr. Crawford Lewis will give his "State of the System" update at Dunwoody High School on September 2 at 9:15 am, with refreshments served at 8:45.
I am planning to attend the meeting. The question I have for Dr. Lewis is, what are the plans for the Dunwoody cluster of elementary schools in the next 5-to-10 years? It's quite apparent that the new Dunwoody Elementary School was built to one day be a K-5 school (one peek at the restrooms will tell you that). Obviously, the current arrangement is the best the DeKalb County School System could come up with at present. But the DCSS certainly has its eye on changes in the future, perhaps in the next couple of years. I'd like for Dr. Lewis to let the taxpayers know exactly what the DCSS is thinking. This is a hot-button issue that I'm certain Dr. Lewis would like to avoid, but as taxpayers I feel we have the right to know.


Flashburger said...

Thanks for keeping us informed, Bob. I plan to be at this meeting to thank Dr. Lewis for such a beautiful school. Johnathan Clark and his staff are doing an amazing job.

Bob Fiscella said...

I hope to see you there. If you spot me first, please say hi!