The Red Devil Task Force was formed in late February as a result of the DCSD Board of Education removing DHHS from its Facility Priority List:
DHHS is a 90+-year-old campus composed of 7 buildings from various eras, from the 1920s to the 2000s
Our campus has the oldest educational facilities still in use in the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) system
This Frankensteined-together approach has created a campus with multiple space, security, health, and safety issues that have been ignored over the years
The DHHS campus requires a Remodel and Modernization to bring us at minimum to a standard of what DCSD has provided all other Dekalb high schools.
DCSD contracted $2MM to global architecture and design firm Perkins & Will for an analysis of DCSD facilities and to create a 10-year Comprehensive Master Plan.
View the Perkins & Will report here
View the Comprehensive Master Plan here
Perkins & Will estimated a DHHS Remodel & Modernization at $60MM among the priority list of County facility projects.
On Feb. 25, 2022 the DCSD Board of Education voted 4 to 2 to remove DHHS from the facility priority list submitted to the State of Georgia (WATCH THE MEETING HERE, facility discussion starts at 12:00)
Voted to Remove DHHS from the Priority List: DaCosta, Hill, Pierce, Turner (Chair)
Voted to Keep DHHS on the Priority List: Gevertz, Orson
Absent from Meeting: Morley
Non-voting Member: Superintendent Watson-Harris
DHHS was THE ONLY project removed from the priority list by the DCSD Board of Education
The Red Devil Task Force Kick-Off meeting on March 14, 2022 was attended by almost 70 concerned community members.
You can watch the Board's discussion on this critical topic HERE
Facilities discussion starts around 0:47
Initial topic of DHHS Modernization begins around 0:56
Important option for potential additional funding to help DHHS modernization and other Cluster school priorities begins around 1:01
Region 2 Rep. Marshall Orson's advocacy for DHHS modernization begins at 1:05:59 and the resulting alternative plan read by Region 1 Rep. Anna Hill follows.
The second Red Devil Task Force meeting on April 20, 2022 was attended by 100 concerned community members.
The third Red Devil Task Force meeting was attended by 67 concerned community members.
NEXT TASK FORCE MEETING: June 27, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
While the adults were talking, brave DHHS students SPRANG into action and created this video:
Their video was viewed more than 35,000 times in its first week online and continues to garner views and media attention!
Archive of Media Articles & Pertinent Documents
5-12-2022 "State School Superintendent orders DeKalb School Board to fix Druid Hills High" Decaturish article by Dan Wisenhunt and Sarah Amis
5-12-2022 "New DeKalb Schools facilities repair plan may perpetuate old problems" Decaturish article by Sarah Amis
05-11-2022 "DeKalb School Board fired superintendent during investigation that exonerated her" Decaturish article by Dan Wisenhunt
05-10-2022 "More Dekalb County schools demand renovations" CBS46 news story
05-10-2022 "DeKalb school board approves building plan without Druid Hills update" AJC article by Cassidy Alexander and Josh Reyes
05-08-2022 "Some DeKalb School Board members tardy filing their financial disclosures" Decaturish article by Dan Wisenhunt
05-02-2022 "Former DeKalb Schools COO files whistleblower lawsuit, alleges retaliation by former superintendent" Decaturish article by Dan Wisenhunt
05-01-2022 "DeKalb School Board member Anna Hill addresses skeptical crowd in Dunwoody" Decaturish article by Dan Wisenhunt
05-01-2022 "DeKalb County School District to pay $650,000 for two superintendent salaries" Decaturish article
04-30-2022 "DeKalb parent: School board shattered district into pieces" AJC Get Schooled Blog by Maureen Downey
04-29-2022 "‘Right this ship’ – Mayors sign letter supporting reform of the DeKalb County School Board" Decaturish article by Dan Wisenhunt
04-29-2022 "DeKalb mayors join chorus decrying school district ‘chaos’" AJC article by Tyler Estep
04-29-2022 "In DeKalb school district, a revolving door of superintendents" AJC article by Cassidy Alexander and Josh Reyes
04-29-2022 "DeKalb School Board meeting to approve contract for interim superintendent goes off the rails" Decaturish article
04-28-2022 "Local elected officials put political pressure on DeKalb School Board members over superintendent firing" Decaturish article by Dan Wisenhunt
04-28-2022 "UPDATE: Notice for DeKalb School Board sent to newspaper, but was ‘not requested to be published’" Decaturish article by Dan Wisenhunt
04-28-2022 "DeKalb commissioners rescind support for school board member’s reelection" AJC article by Tyler Estep
04-28-2022 "Meeting where DeKalb School Board fired superintendent may have been illegal" Decaturish.com article
04-28-2022 "DeKalb County superintendent previously informed her contract wouldn't be renewed, according to state senator" 11Alive news story by Joe Henke
04-27-2022 "Gov. Brian Kemp 'highly concerned' over firing of DeKalb County Schools superintendent" FOX-5 news story by Brian Hill
04-27-2022 "DeKalb Superintendent was kicked out of school board’s virtual meeting before being fired" Decaturish article by Dan Wisenhunt
04-27-2022 "Kemp ‘concerned’ DeKalb superintendent’s firing is about politics" AJC article by Cassidy Alexander
04-27-2022 "State superintendent refers DeKalb Schools complaint to AG, again threatens to cut off state building funds" Decaturish article by Dan Wisenhunt
04-27-2022 "Opinion: In firing school chief, DeKalb board squanders moment" AJC OpEd by Maureen Downey
04-27-2022 "Who is Vasanne Tinsley, interim DeKalb County school superintendent?" AJC article by Cassidy Alexander
04-27-2022 "DeKalb School Board introduces interim superintendent, says district is ready for change" Decaturish article by Dan Wisenhunt
04-27-2022 "DeKalb CEO decries school district turmoil in state of county speech" AJC article by Tyler Estep
04-27-2022 "Former DeKalb school superintendent says she was blindsided by firing" AJC article by Cassidy Alexander
04-26-2022 "Editorial: It’s time for local leaders to save DeKalb County Schools from its school board" Decaturish OpEd by Dan Wisenhunt
04-26-2022 "State Sen. Elena Parent asks governor, state superintendent to investigate DeKalb County Schools" Decaturish article by Dan Wisenhunt
04-26-2022 "UPDATE: DeKalb County School District fires superintendent" Atlanta Intown article by Sammie Purcell
04-26-2022 "DeKalb County school board fires Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris" AJC article by Cassidy Alexander
04-26-2022 "(BREAKING) DeKalb County School Board fires superintendent" Decaturish article
04-26-2022 "Board chair: Druid Hills High problems fall on DeKalb superintendent" AJC article by Cassidy Alexander
04-26-2022 "Druid Hills parent: DeKalb school board ignores decades of neglect" AJC Get Schooled guest column by David Huntington
04-26-2022 "DeKalb School Board responds to state superintendent’s letter, points finger at superintendent" Decaturish article by Dan Wisenhunt
04-26-2022 "Accreditation report hints at divisions on DeKalb School Board; legislators weigh options" Decaturish article by Dan Wisenhunt
04-25-2022 "Druid Hills High School students push for better school conditions; 1950 Census records are now available to the public" WABE A Closer Look with Rose Scott radio show segment by Martha Dalton. DHHS story begins at 13:00.
04-25-2022 "Exclusive: State Schools Superintendent sends scathing letter about Druid Hills High" Decaturish.com article by Dan Wisenhunt
04-25-2022 "Georgia school superintendent says DeKalb mishandled Druid Hills High" AJC article by Cassidy Alexander
04-23-2022 "Atlanta students call out dangerous school conditions" FOX News national newscast by Lawrence Jones
04-22-2022 "Students meet with DeKalb superintendent about conditions of Druid Hills High School" WSB-TV news story by Tyisha Fernandes
04-22-2022 "DeKalb County superintendent asks for ‘grace’ on school repairs plan" AJC article by Cassidy Alexander.
04-21-2022 "NEWS BRIEF: Druid Hills High will not be fixed, school board says" Creative Loafing article by CL News Staff
04-21-2022 "Future of $2 million DeKalb County Schools master plan in doubt following Druid Hills High dustup" Decaturish.com article by Sara Amis
04-21-2022 "Deplorable Conditions at Local High Schol Prompt Community Response" Eagle Eye Book Shop's Book Corner blog by Finn Smith-Ruttan.
04-21-2022 "Editorial: DeKalb School Board cuts off its nose to spite its face" Decaturish.com editorial by Dan Wisenhunt
04-19-2022 "DeKalb school board votes for system-wide repairs over 'modernizing' Druid Hills High" WABE article by Martha Dalton. WABE Story of the Week.
04-19-2022 "DeKalb school board favors districtwide fixes over Druid Hills repairs" AJC article by Josh Reyes
04-18-2022 "BREAKING: DeKalb BOE rejects Druid Hills High proposal in favor of district-wide repairs" Decaturish.com article by Sarah Amis
04-16-2022 "Students make video to prove their high school needs repairs" AP article by Jeff Martin
04-16-2022 "Druid Hills High School conditions: Superintendent responds to student video" FOX5 Atlanta news story by Brian Hill
04-15-2022 "OPINION: Druid Hills Video casts light on racial and regional debate" AJC OpEd by Bill Torpy
04-14-2022 "Georgia officials sending team to Druid Hills High after student video" AJC article by Ty Tagami
04-14-2022 "OPINION: Alarming Druid Hills Video suggests deeper problems" AJC OpEd by Maureen Downey
04-13-2022 "State DOE facilities team will visit Druid Hills High following reports of health and safety issues" Decaturish.com article by Dan Wisenhunt
04-13-2022 "Dekalb Schools to revisit Druid Hills renovations after student video" AJC article by Josh Reyes and Cassidy Alexander
04-13-2022 "Superintendent responds after students expose ‘disgusting’ conditions at Druid Hills High" CBS46news story by Zac Summers
04/13-2022 "Following TV news reports, DeKalb superintendent says fixes for Druid Hills High on the way" Decaturish.com article by Dan Wisenhunt
04-12-2022 "DeKalb BOE will reconsider decision on Druid Hills High renovations after video draws outrage" Decaturish.com article by Dan Wisenhunt
04-12-2022 "Druid Hills High School students concerned over conditions inside building" FOX5 Atlanta news story by Brian Hill
04-12-2022 "Druid Hills H.S. students, parents raise concerns about sub-par school conditions" CW69 news story by CW69 News at 10
04-12-2022 "Students make video of deteriorating conditions at Dekalb high school including mold, sewage" WSBTv news story by Tyisha Fernandes
04-12-2022 "Druid HIlls High School students expose mold, crumbling walls, sewage leak at school" 11Alive news story by Kaitlyn Ross
04-12-2022 "Druid Hills High students expose ‘disgusting’ conditions, want renovations" CBS46news story by Zac Summers
04-11-2022 " 'Scared to touch the sink' - Druid Hills High Students publish video showing school's poor condition" Decaturish.com article by Dan Wisenhunt
04-01-2022 "DeKalb County Schools said ‘non-flushable items’ caused sewage back up at Druid Hills High" Decaturish.com article by Dan Wisenhunt
03-31-2022 "Sewage backups disrupt learning at Druid Hills High; school recently removed from renovation list" Decaturish.com article by Dan Wisenhunt
03-15-2022 "Druid Hills High parents take over public comments at DeKalb School Board meeting" Decaturish.com article
03-09-2022 "Druid Hills High parents ask why school renovation was removed from district’s project list" Decaturish.com article
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