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Duluth To Gain Students From Peachtree Ridge Cluster

Gwinnett school officials planning to shift hundreds for next school year.

Updated at 3:05 pm, Feb. 24, 2011

Gwinnett school officials are working on plans to shift about 500 students from the Peachtree Ridge cluster to the nearby Duluth cluster for the next school year because of disproportionate attendance in those schools. The plans involve seven schools in the two districts.

Rae Saidman, president of the Gwinnett County Council Area II PTA, said Thursday that she will be attending a meeting March 1 at the Gwinnett schools' instructional support center in Suwanee to hear and discuss the plans. School officials confirm that maps will be available March 7.

The full Gwinnett school board is scheduled to vote on the matter at its April 21 meeting, said spokesperson Jorge Quintana. The schools involved in the redistricting are Peachtree Ridge HS, Duluth HS, Hull MS, Duluth MS, Mason ES, Chesney ES and Harris ES. Public input will be allowed in the process.

The redistricting apparently would be based on geographic lines. The changes would take effect during the 2011-12 school year, Saidman said.

Students in elementary, middle and high schools in the Peachtree Ridge cluster would be affected, Saidman said. The preliminary number is 540 students, with about 180 going from Peachtree Ridge HS, in Suwanee, to Duluth HS. Empty classrooms in Duluth and overcrowding in Peachtree Ridge have prompted the plans.

The redistricting process also involves the Central Gwinnett and Shiloh school clusters. For more information, visit the school system's Web site: http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps-mainweb01.nsf

The Peachtree Ridge cluster map: http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps-mainweb01.nsf/7DAC1ABEEA3D0AB7852575E4006365F4/$file/Peachtree_Ridge_Cluster_Map_2010-11.pdf

The Duluth cluster map: http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps-mainweb01.nsf/DE4086839507ACA0852575DE0068ECD4/$file/Duluth_Cluster_Map_2010-11.pdf

AF March 09, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Who said anything about a child not deserving a good education? I'm all for education for everyone, so there's no need to jump to conclusions. I'm simply asking a reasonable question so I can make an educated decision based on as much information as possible. As of this writing, you are correct that Duluth Middle and Duluth High are not Title One. What I'm hearing is that the new lines drawn will turn DMS and DHS into Title One schools, which will further decrease the property value. I'm trying to verify or dispel that rumor.
Allison Rodgers March 09, 2011 at 07:10 PM
To be honest with you I have not heard anything about these schools going Title I if the changes are made. All I've heard is how people who go to Peachtree Ridge don't want to go to an "old school."
Rita Carruthers March 09, 2011 at 09:11 PM
Great comment! My daughter is a sophomore at Duluth High School where she particpates on the volleyball, basketball and track teams. We are very happy with the quality of education and all this talk about Dulth being below standard is simply absurd! Being in the Duluth cluster was a major requirement when we purchased our home--so not EVERYONE wants to attend the "new school"!
Allison Rodgers March 09, 2011 at 09:29 PM
My son went to Berkeley Lake ES, Duluth Middle and is now at Duluth High. I could not be more happy with the teachers and the education that my son has gotten and is getting at these great schools!
Susan Chavis March 10, 2011 at 03:58 PM
This is getting ridiculous. Duluth is not a Title One school, nor will it be after the re-mapping occurs. Although you might consider that if the cluster lines had been drawn more equitably to begin with, this would be a non-issue. If the lines are drawn correctly this time, again, it will be a non-issue. At the time in history that all this occurred, many of the subdivisions that are now in the PRHS cluster actively lobbied to be included in the cluster. This, along with the first year's open door policy for new students decimated Duluth H.S. My daughters refused to go over to Peachtree Ridge (they could have, if they provided their own transportation) and one of them was cut from her travel ball team as a result. It is time to stop trying to red-line neighborhoods and put some real thought into planning and re-districting for this area. If we don't, I am sure this will be a recurring sore subject that won't go away.

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