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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Media clerk reinstated

City Schools of Decatur has been the center of controversy due to the firing and rehiring of media clerk Susan Riley, which eventually cost the district more than $14,000. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Those familiar with City Schools of Decatur (CSD) media clerk Susan Riley characterize her as welcoming, kind and even inspirational to those around her, especially when it comes to students. Following a two-month ordeal involving uproar, outcries and many passionate pleas for a sympathetic ear, City Schools of Decatur can add another characterization to Riley’s […]

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Land purchased for 900-seat elementary school

Skyland Elementary has since been changed to the Georgia Vital Records Office. It is scheduled to change back to an educational facility.

Approximately $7.5 million is being spent to alleviate overcrowded hallways and classrooms in the Cross Keys cluster. The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) announced the purchase of 11.2 acres of land in the Skyland Park area of Brookhaven, including the former Skyland Elementary School site located along Skyland Trail Northeast. The site will eventually house […]

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City Schools of Decatur to be recognized for going green

City Schools of Decatur’s Chief Operating Officer Noel Maloof announced to the board of education that the district is being recognized for sustainability and green practices. Photo by Travis Hudgons

It’s a four-step process that is constantly happening. A new building is planned. The structure goes from imaginary to a penciled or painted rendering.The building is built. Glass, steel and stone come together to forge a haven for enterprise, shelter or learning. The building is used and maintained. People travel throughout the edifice; they clean […]

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DeKalb NAACP clarifies E-SPLOST comments

DeKalb NAACP clarifies E-SPLOST comments

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) DeKalb Branch recently issued a press release clarifying comments on the upcoming E-SLOST vote. On April 19, DeKalb’s NAACP president John Evans wrote a letter to DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Superintendent Stephen Green requesting “a project list or criteria” for how the incoming $500 […]

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Welcoming signs: Doraville to spend $152K on signage

Welcoming signs

Those driving in Doraville can expect to see new city signage within the next few weeks. Doraville’s city council recently approved a $152,100 purchase for 10 new welcome signs. Six of the signs will be stone columns while the remaining four will be aluminum. “This is something that’s been worked on for quite some time,” […]

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County schools improve in recent college prep scores


The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) has shown improvement in college preparedness in a scoresheet released by the Georgia Department of Education (DOE). On May 3, the DOE released College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores for the 2014-2015 school year. The CCRPI score is made up of progress points, achievement points and achievement […]

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