Monday, September 17, 2012
The oversight body again warned DeKalb Schools earlier this month after numerous complaints from parents and staff.
DeKalb Schools Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson has sent a letter in response to a warning from the school's accrediting agency earlier this month, 11 Alive News reports. The warning letter from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which has the power to pull DeKalb's accreditation, cited numerous complaints from staff and parents. Atkinson wrote that the "district has implemented plans to improve upon all standards." SACS letter in September specifically cited the board's legal costs. The district has been accumulating legal fees related to charges of corruption and internal dealing by a former superintendent and a former executive staffer. Atkinson in her letter cited ongoing improvements: an internal legal team that was …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The non-binding resolution – part of Tuesday's primary – will have no legal bearing on whether the school system places towers on school properties.
DeKalb County voters said Tuesday they don't want cell phone towers on public school properties. In a nonbinding resolution – part of Tuesday's primary election – more than 60 percent of residents voted no to the question: "Should the local or independent school system of DeKalb County or a charter school in DeKalb County place or operate a telecommunications tower on any elementary, middle or high school property?" Of 114,804 votes counted early Wednesday morning, "No" took 71,690 votes – all preliminary returns. More than 5,000 absentee ballots had yet to be counted. The resolution will have no legal bearing on whether the DeKalb County School System continues to pursue construction of cell phone towers on school property. The school …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The DeKalb County School System is facing an $85-million deficit that's forced the school board to make some tough decisions.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The DeKalb School board is set to vote on a budget Wednesday, and that budget is going to cut deeply into district programs. The district is considering an array of cuts, like eliminating transportation to magnet programs, cutting a district supplement to pre-kindergarten programs, gutting funding for the popular Fernbank Science Center and eliminating extra teachers in magnet programs. Here are the big issues: Below is an explanation of some of the high-profile cuts the district is proposing. They aren't the biggest cuts, but they've received quite a bit of attention from county residents. Be sure and vote in our poll about how you would go about balancing the budget. And leave us some comments. Pre-kindergarten The district could save $2…
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Review suggests there are more than 300 administrators too many.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The day's top headlines for Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Atkinson To Focus On Students, Makes Changes Across System. Riverwood Audit Shows Several Areas Of Concern. Police Investigating Wednesday Morning Bank Robbery. Patch Profile: State Rep. Ed Lindsey Tucker Native Making An Impact At Stanford. Hundreds Celebrate Xerona Clayton Way.
Monday, August 22, 2011
A live link has been set up through noon, Aug. 26, to submit questions to Cheryl Atkinson, who is scheduled for a Meet and Greet with stakeholders on Aug. 27
If you’d like to ask questions at the Meet and Greet on Saturday, Aug. 27 with Cheryl Atkinson, finalist for DeKalb County School System superintendent, there is a specific procedure for doing so. Starting today through noon on Friday, Aug. 26, DeKalb County School System has set up a live link for stakeholders to present questions to Atkinson. Atkinson, who is currently school district superintendent in Lorain, Ohio, will first share her vision for the school system before addressing the electronically submitted questions, according to a school system announcement. The Meet and Greet will take place at the DeKalb County School District Administrative Complex (AIC), 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd, Stone Mountain, Ga., 30083, at 10 a.m.
Monday, June 6, 2011
DeKalb County voters will be able to vote on the proposal in November.
8:45: Discussion about the SPLOST IV proposal begins. Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson is asking the board to approve the $475 million list. 8:47: Discussion of Henderson Mill and Hawthorne elementary being combined. That's not possible, Tyson said. She reviewed a series of changes to the initial proposal from several weeks ago. All documents can be found on the school system's website here. 8:49: Referndum would be in November 2011. A 1 cent sales tax, a school district official said. Resolution with City of Decatur Schools and Atlanta Public Schools. Will continue SPLOST for additional five years. 8:51: Board member Nancy Jester asks for ammendment. Wants language changed referencing a future Dunwoody elementary school. Board …
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Icy, unsafe roads keep students from school for third day in a row.
DeKalb County schools will be closed tomorrow, said Jeff Dickerson, a school system spokesman. Wednesday will be the third snow day in a row as unsafe, icy roads have kept students from county classrooms. The school system has also set a new schedule for the public workshops regarding the system's 2020 Vision Plan, including a school closures and redistricting proposal. The schedule was not immediately available. The first one, scheduled for tonight at Miller Grove High School, has been rescheduled for Jan. 24 at 6:30pm. Another was scheduled for Shamrock Middle School tomorrow at 6:30pm as well. The new schedule will not change several deadlines for the proposal, however, Dickerson said. Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson is still …
Monday, January 10, 2011
Vincent Hinton replaced Trenton Arnold last week.
Stone Mountain Middle School students returned from the holiday break last week to a new principal. Vincent Hinton replaced Trenton Arnold, who was promoted to executive director of assessment and accountability for the DeKalb County School System. Hinton has 17 years experience in education after teaching math for eight years and serving as a middle and high school administrator for nine, according to a letter from the principal posted on the school's website. A graduate of Morehouse College and Georgia Southwestern State University, Hinton has a degree in Middle Grades Math, and a degree in educational leadership from Columbus State University, the letter said. Hinton wasn't available for an interview last week, and a DeKalb County …
Students will be asked to sign a pledge to promise they will not bully.
Starting today, students will take part in theDeKalb County School System Bullying Awareness program, a month-long campaign to highlight the district's updated anti-bullying policy, a spokesperson confirmed Monday. The program is intended to help educate students, teachers and parents about the policy - which also prohibits cyber-bullying and hazing - while raising awareness arround ways to prevent it. This initiative comes nearly two years after 11-year-old Jaheem Herrara hanged himself in April 2009. The boy's mother said that the Dunaire Elementary School student committed suicide after excessive bullying.