Students reacted by recently posting a video online that depicted water-damaged walls and ceilings, flaking paint and other deteriorating conditions at the school. One student said heavy rains created unsanitary conditions near outdoor picnic tables where students eat.
“It becomes a problem because we can smell what human waste smells like while we’re trying to eat our lunch,” he said in the video.
DeKalb Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris notified the community in an email this week that Druid Hills High was back on the board’s agenda. She said the video “showed many areas of concern throughout the building that we have long known about and worked to address in meaningful ways.”
The school board is expected to reconsider the school’s renovation plans on Monday.
Ty Tagami is the state education reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Since joining the newspaper in 2002, he has written about everything from hurricanes to homelessness. He has deep experience covering local government and education, and can often be found under the Gold Dome when lawmakers meet or in a school somewhere in the state.