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College Park parents protest as new school prepares to open

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Dozens of College Park parents demonstrated Monday to protest where their children will have to attend school this fall.

College Park Elementary will open next month but kids who live right across the street will again be bussed to Conley Hills Elementary in East Point.

"Why do the children have to go all the way across town when they can walk to school over here?" asked Gwendolyn McClarin as she marched with a sign. "Personally I don't think that's fair."

Parents said if their children miss the bus, it is difficult for them to pay for public transportation to get them to school.

"I have two middle schoolers and six little ones," Temesha Dixon said. "I don't have transportation because I'm a single parent. Why can't my kids go right across the street?"

The school district said children from Mount Olive Elementary will attend College Park Elementary while their school is rebuilt. The new Mount Olive facility will open in 2015 and children across the street from College Park Elementary will return to their school.

"I won't stop until something is done, because it doesn't make sense and it's unfair," Clara George said. "The kids are the most important thing. They're the future, and we should take their best interests at heart at all times."

The school district said it held meetings to inform residents of the school plan.

"I've never been to an open house," Dixon said. "I've never been to a PTA meeting. You know why? Because I don't have transportation. Each and every time I miss something at the school that involves any one of my children, it breaks my heart and takes a little piece of me."

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