Saturday, May 11, 2013
Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to 26 DeKalb high school seniors accepted into a two- or four-year college or vocational training program.
Twenty-six DeKalb high school seniors will be presented with college scholarships during the first DeKalb County Education Scholarship Fund Awards Ceremony on Tuesday May 14 at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, the county announced Friday. The scholarships, up to $5,000, will be given to DeKalb county school district seniors accepted into a two- or four-year college or vocational training program, the county said in a press release. DeKalb county CEO Burrell Ellis, the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and the DeKalb County School District created the DeKalb Education Scholarship Fund, an effort that raised $120,000. A selection committee formed by the chamber reviewed more than 135 applications. Award-winning students were picked based on …
Monday, April 22, 2013
A parent attended last Wednesday's Emory LaVista Parent Council meeting in Druid Hills and has a few thoughts.
Mr. Thurmond, Thank you for your honest back and forth with citizens at this morning's Emory LaVista Parent Council meeting. I attend a lot of meetings and your willingness to stay in the conversation is a refreshing change. Many of your subordinates have a record of walking out instead of dealing with difficult questions. Every time I hear you speak I become a more ardent supporter. You may be the right person to be superintendent at this time. I particularly appreciate your attitude of getting to know how things work before attempting to make any big changes. Hopefully, you are a fast learner. I have to tell you parents are well aware you are not answering many of the questions asked. I repeat my question, are salaries of employees going…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
School Board member Marshall Orson spoke in front of a tough crowd Tuesday night.
DeKalb School Board Member Marshall Orson (District 2) held a nearly three-hour Town Hall Meeting in the Emory community off North Decatur Road Tuesday night, updating a packed room of parents and neighbors on the events that have taken place almost daily since the state BOE gave DeKalb a 30-day window to prove their commitment to an improvement plan. The state BOE is scheduled to reconvene Thursday at 8 a.m. to finish the hearing started in January that was required by a law intended to help school systems protect their valuable accreditation. But, the law has had its own share of controversy when, in 2010, then-Governor Sonny Perdue removed Warren County's school board, but the state Supreme Court overturned that decision. The law was…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The board is set to meet on Friday at 4 pm.
Updated: Thursday, Feb. 7, 6:17 p.m. A statement has just been released by the DeKalb County School District: The DeKalb County Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson have mutually agreed to end their relationship effective Friday, February 8, 2013. The Board and Dr. Atkinson each determined and believe that it is in the best interest of all concerned that there be a mutual separation and they wish each other well in all their future endeavors. Original article: Cheryl Atkinson's tenure as superintendent of the DeKalb County school system is apparently coming to an end. Channel 2 Action News is reporting that DeKalb's board of education will vote on a separation agreement with Atkinson on Friday. The board is set to meet…
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The Jan. 23 meeting at Henderson Mill Elementary School will also include a legislative update.
The Emory LaVista Parent Council will discuss this month the DeKalb County School System's accreditation probation. The school system was placed on probation last month by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The meeting will be held – a changed date – at Henderson Mill Elementary School at 9:15 a.m. Jan. 23. The council will also receive a legislative update and introduce new school board members.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
DeKalb County public schools were a trending subject across metro Atlanta on Wednesday. And not in a good way.
DeKalb County public schools were a trending topic across metro Atlanta on Twitter on Wednesday. And not in a good way, unfortunately. The Twitter meme, #ifdekalbcountyhadonehighschool, caught on with hundreds (if not thousands) of the social media site's users across the metro area, all of them weighing in on what it would look like if DeKalb County had just one high school. Many if not most of the tweets were too inappropriate to post on a family site such as this one. But I picked a few that passed my own test. Obviously, they're above in the Storify story. At least one Twitter user suggested that all the county's white parents would send their kids to St. Pius X Catholic High School or Marist. So, shout out to St. Pius... :-( What do …
Monday, December 31, 2012
A Jan. 15 meeting will be held at Tucker High School
Monday, December 31, 2012
Every five years, school districts across the state submit a list of schools to participate in the state capital outlay program. The DeKalb district is completing an application for funding that requires a list of its schools, and the DeKalb County “Proposed School Organization” meets the state requirements. It is not a redistricting plan. In January, the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) planning staff will revise its briefing to focus the community's understanding on DeKalb's list of schools and minimize any discussion of boundary changes. This list of schools will incorporate the new schools added under the SPLOST IV capital program. The staff briefing in January will clarify that a list of schools is all that is needed to begin the …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
A spokesperson for Barge likes the suggestion for armed guards at schools. Share your thoughts.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
The suggestion Friday of having armed officers at schools as a deterrent to mass shootings found approval from Georgia schools Superintendent John Barge. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Having a school resource officer would certainly be ideal,” Matt Cardoza, director of communications at the Georgia Department of Education, said Friday after a conversation with Barge. “It makes the school a safer place, but the state would have to pick up a significant part of that cost. Districts aren’t really in a position to pay for more than what they’re already struggling to pay for.” Friday, a National Rifle Association executive called for Congress to foot the bill for armed guards at every school in the country. "The only thing …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
In the aftermath of Friday's horrific Connecticut shooting, Patch asked DeKalb County's school system how it would handle such an event.
As parents in Newtown, CT, and across the nation cope with Friday's horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Patch asked DeKalb County School Spokesman Jeff Dickerson how the system would notify its parents should the unthinkable ever happen here: "We would notify the parents of the school where the incident occurred, using any and all means available to us. These include by email and by phone. You can't simply just use one method; not everyone has an email or a Twitter account, and not everyone has one or more phones. "Naturally we would immediately shut down the school. "On the scene itself, we'd also use every means necessary to inform the public. A tragedy of the magnitude of Friday's incident, we'd have public information …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Under a proposal discussed Thursday, Evansdale Elementary School students would attend Tucker High School instead of Lakeside High School.
A local parent said Thursday she's upset that a redistricting proposal would shift her from Lakeside High School's attendance zone to Tucker High School. Jennifer Hatfield, PTA president at Evansdale Elementary School, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that under a draft proposal discussed at a Thursday DeKalb County Board of Education meeting, her children would no longer attend Lakeside High. From the AJC story: Hatfield suspected officials wanted to sneak the changes through. “I think they wanted to intentionally not give us time to mobilize,” she said. She said a January deadline is still too soon. Read the AJC story for more information. The Evansdale shift is the only major change proposed for most residents in the North Druid …