The DeKalb County Board of Education
United States of America

The current SPLOST III investments of public capital into Cross Keys High School is delivering a much needed renovation to the buildings of this 52 year old school. However, the DeKalb County Schools administration, the DeKalb County Board of Education, and community leaders all recognize that these significant improvements leave a few gaps in the school's facilities. Specifically, no current funding has been designated for an auditorium addition as planned at other area schools nor to improve the athletic grounds in dire need of restoration.

The Cross Keys Foundation was formed in 2009 to serve as a catalyst for expanding public and private support for the educational opportunities at the seven schools of the Cross Keys High School attendance area. In this effort, the Foundation recently facilitated the introduction of a proposed joint public/private partnership between the DeKalb County Schools and the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta.

The goals of the proposal are: 1) Provide a quality athletic field for the school, 2) Provide enhanced security of the site, 3) Displace unauthorized activities, 4) Provide a platform for youth services to under-served community.

The scope of the proposal is for the YMCA to restore the athletic field at Cross Keys HS to YMCA standards for youth programs. The proposed project will include the grading, leveling and sodding of the field areas, the installation of portable fixtures such as bleachers and tables, and the installation of security fencing. This will be accomplished using YMCA funds and no public funds.

The YMCA will offer youth soccer and other programs as approved by the Principal of Cross Keys HS at the improved site. The YMCA will carry liability insurance to cover all programs managed by their staff and volunteers. The Principal at Cross Keys HS will serve as operational contact for the YMCA staff for scheduling.

The offered programs will never be allowed to conflict with the ongoing uses of the fields by current athletic, band, and other authorized student uses.

This proposal is scheduled for the Board of Education Work Session of July 12, 2010.

see: http://www.ymcaatlanta.org
see: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/board/meetings/
see: http://www.crosskeysfoundation.org

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Cross Keys Foundation

We, the undersigned, call on the DeKalb Board of Education to adopt on July 12, 2010 the proposed partnership between the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta and Cross Keys High School. We support the use of private funds from the YMCA to restore and secure the athletic field located at Cross Keys High School at no cost to taxpayers. We understand and support the goal of expanding recreational and educational opportunities to the community's youth via this facilities use agreement between the DeKalb County Schools and the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta.

The Support Proposed YMCA Partnership with Cross Keys High School petition to The DeKalb County Board of Education was written by Kim Gokce and is in the category Education at GoPetition.