The former school board member from Dunwoody was recently ousted by the state.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The DeKalb County Board of Education hired Cheryl Atkinson as the school system's new superintendent in a 6-3 vote last week. What are your thoughts?
The DeKalb County Board of Education voted last week to hire Cheryl Atkinson as the new county superintendent of schools. The vote was 6-3. Ideally, a school board works hard to secure a unanimous vote for an incoming superintendent, but at big, urban and semi-urban schools districts such as DeKalb County's–with deeper politics and pockets–that becomes more difficult. Atkinson, who runs the city school district in Lorain, Ohio, takes over DeKalb Sept. 15. North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch ran a series of stories on her approval process: Atkinson Named DeKalb Superintendent McChesney, Jester Oppose Superintendent Nominee Parents React to DeKalb County's New Superintendent DeKalb Superintendent Finalist: "We Must Work Together" The "No" …
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Nancy Jester and Don McChesney said the DeKalb County School System can do better.
In yet another move acknowledging the divisiveness of the DeKalb County Board of Education, members Nancy Jester and Don McChesney have spoken out against Cheryl Atkinson, the board’s nominee for superintendent, who is to be voted on and installed in less than two weeks. In separate statements posted on Jester's website, both members referred to the state of affairs in Atkinson’s current district, Lorain, Ohio, and expressed disdain at the low student achievement, low test scores, and the “Academic Watch” status of the district. “We had several candidates with better records of student achievement,” McChesney said, “but, unfortunately, as you know, their candidacy was plagued with leaks of confidential information to the press. I hope …
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Medlock residents spoke out against the proposed cell tower at Monday night's DeKalb County Board of Education meeting. But the board gave approval to towers at Lakeside High and Briarlake Elementary schools.
Medlock residents flooded the DeKalb County Board of Education meeting Monday evening to object to a proposal to erect a T-Mobile cell tower at the site of Medlock Elementary School. The plan before the school board also called for the construction of cell towers at several other DeKalb County schools, including Lakeside High School and Briarlake Elementary School. Ultimately the Medlock residents’ impassioned objections were heard and the school board passed an amended version of the proposal that exempted Medlock Elementary from tower construction. Meadowview and Brockett elementary schools also received exemptions. In her testimony before the board, Pat Camp, vice president of the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association, argued that …