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School board discusses need to update labs at DCHS
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DYLAN KLEPAREK - photo by Photo by Reed Vanderpool
The DeKalb County Board of Education met in the Chemistry lab at DCHS last Monday to discuss the state of the Science/Chemistry department at the school.Director of Schools Mark Willoughby and board members Charles Robinson, Billy Miller, Kenny Rhody, Johnny Lattimore, W.J. (Dub) Evins, III, and John David Foutch, along with County commissioners Jimmy Poss and Jerry Adcock, DCHS principal Kathy Hendrix and teachers Dylan Kleparek, Amanda Fuller, Kelly Daniels, and Kevin Burchfield, met to discuss the need for improvements and updates to the facility.According to some board members and teachers, the lab is woefully outdated, containing some of the same equipment that was installed when the building was constructed in 1963. “My periodic table is from 1965” Kleparek, who is a chemistry, physics, and physical science teacher at the school, said in describing the situation at the lab. Other equipment could prove to be not only outdated but dangerous, say some teachers and board members.“The periodic table is actually pretty cool,” Kleparek added, “ but we have things like Bunsen burners that are that old too.”