Second, the school system’s biggest challenge is dealing with a tremendously high transiency rate, which numerous studies have shown to be the number one hurdle to achieving academic success. Franklin Road, a street only 1.1 miles long, houses 14,000 residents and 1,489 students, many of which have attended 10-plus schools prior to reaching the 6th grade. Generally, transiency is within the control of parents rather than the school board / school system. However, one way to curb transiency is to remove the slum apartment complexes that attract it to begin with.
We all share a concern about the families that will be affected. However, the families that wish to stay in Marietta will find a way through with the help of the Marietta Housing Authority. The others will find another pit stop location and hopefully realize how harmful it is to their children to keep moving around.
There are no easy answers. However, the redevelopment of Franklin Road is a solution that has numerous benefits: the families that are currently living in an area highly concentrated with crime and poverty are relocated to a better environment; the school system’s number one challenge is reduced; and an area that is currently a drain on city resources is converted to one that has a positive revenue impact.
Jill C. Mutimer Marietta City School Board