Georgia Wescott is a talented photographer and a senior at Chamblee Charter High School (CCHS). Next year she’ll be attending the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to study photography and graphic design.
She has posted an Open Letter to the DeKalb County School District with her thoughts about the venue selected by the senior administration without input from the local CCHS community. Given the 110 likes, 2 shares and 27 comments she has received in the last 24 hours on her Facebook page, I don’t think she is alone.
What are your thoughts that I can share with the school administration and board members?
Senior @ Chamblee Charter High School
How are you going to move our graduation against our will and then make us, the students who are graduating, pay to attend it? On top of that, how are you going to hold it at a time where no teachers or other students can attend because it’s on the last day of school immediately after school gets out all the way in downtown Atlanta? At this point I’m not even looking forward to my own graduation because the fact that it costs money has taken away money from some of our senior activities that we’ve been looking forward to.
On Facebook, Ms Wescott comments,
They moved our graduation to the world congress center which costs $35 per student. To make costs cheaper, they took $20 out of each seniors dues so we only had to pay $15 extra. However, now we don’t have money for food on senior night on friday. On top of that, most teachers can’t attend graduation as it is on the last day of school at 4PM and it’s almost impossible to leave school and get downtown in that amount of time. Not the best circumstances.
Graduation Schedule – DeKalb Schools Class of 2017
April 13, 2017 – Dr. Green created a District Graduation Task Force to begin looking at venues, available dates and costs for specific locations to house district ceremonies.
All Graduation Ceremonies At Georgia World Congress Center
October 11, 2016 – All DeKalb County high school graduations will be held during the week of May 22-27, 2017. Here is the school schedule.