Tucker Middle honored at STEM awards

Tucker Middle School’s STEM program received a statewide honor from the Technology Association of Georgia’s 2016 STEM Education Awards on Nov. 4. Photos courtesy of Technology Association of Georgia.

Tucker Middle School was honored for its dedication to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) on Nov. 4 at the 2016 STEM Education Awards. Since 2011, the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) has honored schools, programs and businesses for their efforts in supporting and promoting STEM disciplines in the classroom. Tucker Middle School is a […]

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City Schools of Decatur announces teachers of the year


Nine individuals honored by peers, superiors and district City Schools of Decatur (CSD) announced its nine 2016-2017 teachers of the year on Nov. 8. The accolades given to each teacher differed in specificity but shared a common theme: each teacher helps make his or her school a positive, welcoming and top-notch place for learning, according […]

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DeKalb BOE disputes $240,000 cleaning contract at Arabia Mountain High

The DeKalb County School District board of education disputed a recurring contract for “green cleaning” at Arabia Mountain High School. Photo by R. Scott Belzer.

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) board of education disputed a custodial contract for more than 40 minutes on Nov. 7. The agenda item, which awarded a $241,305 “green cleaning” contract to A-Action Janitorial Services at Arabia Mountain High School, caused disagreements involving the use of an outside vendor, the contract’s financial impact and its […]

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I like Mike

Mike Thurmond is surrounded by supporters as he celebrates a victory in downtown Decatur at the Courtyard Marriott on Clairemont Avenue.

“I like Mike.” A catchy slogan that eventually turned into campaign signs for former DeKalb County Schools superintendent Michael Thurmond. The “I like Mike” campaign flyers were scattered across DeKalb County on Election Day and apparently DeKalb County residents like Mike, too. At press time, Thurmond was leading Republican candidate Jack Lovelace with 74 percent […]

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DeKalb says ‘NO’ to state school takeover


        Following months of lobbying, press releases and public appearances, DeKalb County joined other counties throughout the state in denying a state school takeover. As of press time on Nov. 8, the statewide results showed 38.5 percent approving, 61.5 percent opposing Amendment 1, which would allow Georgia state government to create an […]

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The power of grace

Rowland Elementary custodian Cory James—who celebrates his 80th birthday on Nov. 10— is DeKalb County School District’s oldest employee.

Rowland Elementary celebrates, honors custodian’s 80th birthday According to Rowland Elementary employee Cory James, there is no secret to long life, healthy relationships and an exemplary work ethic. It is only by the grace of God that these things are possible, James said. “The first thing that comes to mind is grace,” James said. “It’s […]

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First public meeting on Austin ES rebuild draws criticism

An Oct. 17 special called public meeting at Dunwoody City Hall attracted hundreds over concerns about the rebuilding of Austin Elementary and two baseball fields. Photos submitted.

More than 100 people attended the first of four public meetings regarding a real estate deal between Dunwoody and DeKalb County School District (DCSD). On Oct. 5, the two governing bodies announced a $3.6 million deal placing approximately 10.8 acres in Dunwoody under the ownership of DCSD. The exchange also places 9.8 acres at the […]

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Majority of DeKalb high schools to graduate at Georgia World Congress Center

The Georgia World Congress Center will play host to 22 of 25 DeKalb County School District high school graduation ceremonies for the 2016-2017 school year. Photo submitted.

Clarkston and Cross Keys high schools and Margaret Harris Comprehensive School are the only schools that will use DeKalb County School District (DCSD) and local facilities for their 2016-2017 graduation ceremonies following an announcement from DCSD officials. On Oct. 11, DCSD board member Stan Jester announced all other DCSD high school graduations will take place […]

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