A Win-Win for Cross Keys

On Monday, July 12, the DeKalb County Board of Education approved a facilities use agreement for Cross Keys High School that will benefit the entire Brookhaven community.

According to the AJC (click for article), under the agreement, the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta will completely overhaul the athletic facilities at Cross Keys High School by grading and sodding the fields, installing an irrigation system, repairing the dugouts, rubberizing the track, installing bleachers, and building a field house. The YMCA also will provide routine maintenance and hire off-duty police officers for security. They’ll pay for a portion of the school’s water bill as well.

This is all being done with private funds. No tax money is being used.

Cross Keys students and athletic programs will get “first dibs” on using the fields. The YMCA also will use the fields for their own athletic programs, much like the soccer fields on Ashford Dunwoody Road adjacent to Marist High School.

If you’ve driven by these athletic fields, you know that they are underutilized and an eyesore. That is all about the change thanks to this outstanding public-private partnership.

I commend the Board of Education for approving the contract that was necessary to allow these improvements to happen. In addition, special thanks to HillsDale resident Kim Gokce, who is heavily involved in the Cross Keys Foundation, and incoming Cross Keys High School senior Mpaza Kapembwa, who was one of my pages during this year’s legislative session. Both played an important role in securing approval from the Board of Education.

Along with DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader and Chamblee City Councilman Tom Hogan, I was one of three elected officials who wrote letters to the Board of Education requesting their approval of this project. To read the letter I submitted, click here.

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