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Preserve Transportation Funding for Arabia Mountain HS
Petition Background (Preamble):
AMHS 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 891 Arabia Mountain High School 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 over 800 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.
|From AMHS Traffic - Summary|
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 6:30 pm. Please sign the petition to show your support.
The Preserve Transportation Funding for Arabia Mountain HS petition to PTSA Members was written by PTSA of AMHS and is in the category Education at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: education, transportation, cuts, environment, save, students, budget, traffic