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‘See you in 50 years’

Rho Kappa president Jordan Brown and member Cori Bostic seal a school time capsule on May 17. Photos by R. Scott Belzer

Southwest DeKalb memorializes class of 2016 with 50-year time capsule They sound like items found in a high school student’s locker or an old storage box in the attic. Textbooks, T-shirts, and soccer jerseys. An iPhone case, a sample of sheet music and a yearbook. A pair of goalie gloves, a coffee mug and a […]

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Great wall of learning

Students at Annunciation Day School demonstrated how the Promethean ActivWall can change the way classrooms are run through interactive technology. Photos by R. Scott Belzer

How important is a blackboard in the classroom? Blackboards combine visuals with lectures to better engage students. At the same time, they provide a workspace for teachers and students in full view of the classroom, making them one of the most valuable tools in a classroom. But what if blackboards could interact with students, teachers […]

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Trust carries E-SPLOST renewal

From left to right: Jeff DiSantis, Britt Else, Elena Parent, Nwandi Lawson and Philip Polk came together May 19 to speak publicly about renewing SPLOST for schools.

On May 19, SPLOST for Schools, a group of DeKalb County parents encouraging the renewal of the education specific specia purpose local option sales tax (E-SPLOST), held an exclusive question and answer with The Champion in downtown Decatur. For more than half an hour last week, the group met on the old DeKalb Courthouse’s steps […]

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Runoffs scheduled, SPLOST renewed


As of press time on election night with 94 percent of precincts reporting, Steve Bradshaw will compete in a runoff against incumbent Sharon Barnes Sutton. The winner will face Republican Willie Willis in the DeKalb County Commission District 4 race. The seat will be settled in the Nov. 8 general election. Bradshaw had 48.4 percent […]

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Sherry Boston wins DA race, Coleman-Stribling to take over Solicitor duties


DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James was unseated by challenger Sherry Boston May 24 in a highly contested race. The ballot count, as of press time on May 24 accounting for 94 percent of DeKalb precincts, had Boston at 33,646 votes and James at 20,639 votes. Boston’s victory comes after endorsements from former district attorneys […]

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DeKalb super: Students make ‘economy of tomorrow’

Stephen Green, right, has been supported and opposed in his opinions regarding the Doraville TAD.

DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Superintendent Stephen Green weighed in on the controversial tax allocation district (TAD) conversation in an essay released May 5. A TAD being proposed in Doraville would help finance multi-purpose redevelopment of the 165-acre former GM assembly plant. The project requires participation from the school district and county commission, but DCSD […]

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Public, officials discuss E-SPLOST before May 24 vote


For six minutes on May 9, an audience in DeKalb County’s J. David Williamson Board Room sat attentive and silent while elementary students Isaiah Stevens and Elijah Stephens spoke. The words echoing through the auditorium-like room were precise as they outlined needs for DeKalb School of the Arts, including a proper auditorium and classroom expansion […]

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Bethune Middle lives up to namesake

Eighth-graders Jakeria Daniels, Tyrees Lindsey and Deshawn Williams help an educator select books at Bethune Middle School.

Mary McLeod Bethune may have passed away in 1955, but her spirit was alive and well in Decatur on May 13 and 14. For two days, the gymnasium at Bethune Middle School, which owes its name to Bethune, transformed into a hub for reading, education and literacy. Over the course of 14 hours, more than […]

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