DeKalb Redistricting Deadline Nears

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  • Ian Stinson and his son Camden at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody.
  • Lauren Stinson and her son Camden at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody.

Dunwoody, GA -- Camden Stinson is years away from his first day of Kindergarten, and yet his parents are already worried about where he'll go.

"We moved into our area so we could have our child go to this legacy school," Lauren Stinson said. 

Right now the Stinsons live in the Vanderlyn Elementary School District.

But under two controversial plans being considered by DeKalb school leaders, they'll be rezoned to Dunwoody Elementary.

"To district everybody over to the South part of Dunwoody and overcrowd that area doesn't seem like the solution," Lauren Stinson said. 

"We're hoping a third option will come out of the feedback, and we're hearing that's possible," Ian Stinson said. 

DeKalb's redistricting plans have come under fire from communities across the county.

After a series of public meetings, the school system's consultants suggest there could be significant changes.

"That's just a prediction based upon the five workshops we've conducted so far," said Dr. William J. Carnes of MGT of America Research Group. "My prediction is you'll see some major adjustments."

But tough decisions are coming.

The district needs to fill nearly 11,000 empty seats to save up to $16 million a year.

As many as 14 schools will be closed, and new attendance lines will be drawn.

"I do think every person's opinion and input makes a difference because some of the people are open to what we want," Lauren Stinson said. 

DeKalb's Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson will spend a week considering all of the options before making her recommendation to the board on Monday, February 7.

The school board will have the final say with a vote scheduled for March 7.

Parents have until midnight tonight to fill out a public input form online. To weigh in, click here.

To review some of the survey results, click here.

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