‘Not your grandfather’s vo-tech’

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    Georgia Piedmont Technical College offers cutting-edge courses According to Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Jabari Simama, the DeKalb County school is leading the way in offering a platform for 21st century jobs in America. “This is not your grandfather’s vo-tech,” Simama said. “Technical education, as the young folks say, is hot. It’s on […]

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Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology hosts ribbon-cutting


    DeKalb County School District (DCSD)’s Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology celebrated its first semester by holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony and program on Feb. 16. Fifth graders Tyler Teague and Marcus Parks served as masters of ceremonies for the event, which included remarks from officials as well as performances from students […]

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District spends $3.1 million on portable classrooms


  DeKalb County School District’s (DCSD) board of education approved the third consecutive multi-million purchase for portable classrooms on Feb. 13. The approved $3.1 million purchase will pay Mobile Modular Management Corporation for an unspecified amount of single-wide and quad unit portable classrooms, some with restrooms and some without. The purchase is meant to support […]

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A focus on success

Accounting student Sonya Bingham was chosen as Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s 2017 GOAL Award winner for her academic excellence and leadership in the classroom. She was announced and congratulated during a Feb. 2 luncheon by GPTC President Jabari Simama (pictured). Photos submitted.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College student vows to change future, wins award If someone had asked Sonya Bingham five years ago where she thought she would be today, completing an associate’s degree program at Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) would not have been an answer. “For 13 years, I was stuck in an endless repetition of […]

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DeKalb Schools superintendent speaks on diversity


DeKalb County School District superintendent Stephen Green released a statement on diversity Jan. 30 addressing the district’s position in the current political climate. Green said he wanted to “make sure all our principals and teachers clearly understand” the district’s position, specifically regarding immigrants and refugees. “We are hearing a lot of conversation right now, some […]

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School climate high in DeKalb County

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DeKalb County district, City Schools of Decatur schools rank high in quality of life Seven DeKalb County School District (DCSD) campuses and four City Schools of Decatur (CSD) schools have scored the highest possible rating on a recent school climate survey. Since the 2013-2014 school year, the Georgia Department of Education has calculated a school […]

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DeKalb school board questions employee pay

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  District’s director of strategic communication and marketing position, salary under scrutiny   A DeKalb County School District (DCSD) employee’s position, ties to the superintendent and annual salary are in question following a monthly board of education meeting on Jan. 9. DCSD’s director of strategic communication and marketing position, filled in September 2016 by André […]

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DeKalb school board questions state lobbying contract

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The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) board of education demanded an explanation from district officials on Jan. 9 regarding a lobbying contract with the world’s largest law firm. As revealed by The Champion, the board had no discussion or direction in a renewed $99,900 contract between DCSD and Dentons LLP signed for the purpose of […]

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