The story aired on two local stations:
But, the reporters didn't cover something else that was brought to their attention... WHERE WAS THE SPLOST OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE IN ALL THIS??
Save Tucker! is checking further into this "oversight" by the Oversight committee and we have learned some things already that parents in Tucker might find concerning. For one, there is, once again, no one from Tucker on this oversight committee. But, that's nothing new.
What is new, however, is that apparently a city advocate who happens to live in a home that is directly adjacent to Lakeside High School's property, has somehow ended up on this committee without any sort of public process or notification.
Herman Lorenz, outspoken front person at one time for the city of Briarcliff, is now a member of the SPLOST Oversight Committee. He doesn't have kids in the school. He doesn't seem to be particularly business savvy or construction oriented. He's just connected politically. Just like everything else that happens in DeKalb, he's a member on the inside and so he got the job ... somehow.
He wasn't on the initial roster, so whom did he replace? How did he apply? Was there any sort of process by which he was added to the committee? And, most importantly, are there other "pro-city" members on this quiet group of individuals who have been looking the other way when little things like an old, badly in need of replacement A/C comes up for a school in Tucker or other parts of unincorporated DeKalb and is pushed to the side?
Are they also giving the green light for projects that will ultimately aid their own schools, especially is a city schools bill passes in the legislature? Did they okay the spending of "additional" SPLOST funds for a remake of the Henderson Middle gym lockers? Did they ignore the very basic, necessary and approved things on the list, like the A/C for Brockett?
We will be asking around to try to find out.
But, if you have a child in a Tucker school, this is the sort of task that is very difficult for us to do without your help.
So, please, pay attention to what is going on... with your kids, their schools and the impact of some motivated politicians in our area who want to take what they can at the expense of Tucker.