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Date Posted: 08:13:36 02/22/07 Thu
Author: A Reader
Subject: Re: temporary neighbors
In reply to: who pays? 's message, "temporary neighbors" on 16:32:36 02/21/07 Wed

This has been going on for years, and a common problem in other parts of metro Atlanta. The issue is that once the kids are in school and show proof of residence then we never ask again. I know a lady that has four kids lives in DeKalb County now (lived in Gwinnett when three started school) and all atend Gwinnett schools. When i ask her about it she said it is so easy to fool Gwinnett. You can create your own lease with the computer these days and no body knows the difference. Ther other way is that now days there are so many kids w ith different last names that people use someone elses address and you just can't prove the person does live there. Again, people have been doing this for years and it will continue.

Just think what it would be like if we checked everyones address and found out that a 1/3 of all students do not live here.

>I must live in one of the most popular school clusters
>in Gwinnett because I have noticed a recent influx of
>"temporary neighbors". I define this as people who
>wait at bus stops in cars to pick up their children
>when they get off a Gwinnett County School bus. They
>also pick up their children each day at a neighbors
>house and drive away among other things. I think there
>is one house that "hosts" several students who attend
>a gwinnett county school and they obviously don't live
>in the district. Who is paying for these out of county
>or out of district or cross district students? I also
>find it troublesome to have this behavior going on in
>the neighborhood because it makes it hard to know when
>there are strangers lurking around that don't belong
>here. After a while you just start to ignore this
>irregularity and the next thing you know some student
>goes missing and no one has bothered to notice.
>Another problem I noticed is a family who cooks in
>their fireplace. You can tell by the smoke that comes
>out of the chimney. The fats associated with cooking
>in a fireplace leads to chimney fires. I am sincerely
>worried about this family's practice. It's probably a
>cultural thing but I'm just worried about their
>safety. Everytime I hear a fire truck I worry if my
>neighbors have caught their house on fire. Some
>cultural practices shouldn't be implemented in modern
>american homes because they weren't designed for that
>purpose. Nice family, I just don't want to be the
>person to mention the risk to them, they probably
>won't understand. And after all, I don't know what
>they are cooking and I'm afraid of what it might
>be....opossum, dog, 'coon, or what?

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