DeKalb Glass Recycling Program

DeKalb school board has new chairman

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The DeKalb County Board of Education has a new leader at its helm. By a vote of 7-2, the school board elected Dr. Melvin Johnson as its chairman in a special meeting Feb. 20. Board members Nancy Jester and Pamela Speaks voted against Johnson. Johnson, a retired DeKalb County deputy superintendent, has more than 37 […]

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School district: Atkinson out, Thurmond in

Members of the DeKalb County school board approved a settlement agreement for Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson Feb. 8 and appointed former Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond as interim superintendent.

After less than two years, Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson is leaving the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) in a condition some residents say is worse than when she was hired. The DeKalb County School Board held a meeting Feb. 8 and approved a separation agreement with Atkinson and voted to appoint former Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael […]

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Counselor helps students cope with grief

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Chamblee Middle School counselor Robert Rice said after a crisis, it is important to be clear and factual with students—especially younger ones—so they don’t come up with their own ideas about a tragedy. “The aftermath or stages of grief, they’re not linear, and at any point something could trigger that sadness or grief,” Rice said. […]

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School superintendent: ‘We need to do what’s right for our children’

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DeKalb’s newly hired interim school superintendent said he started Feb. 12 under a school bus. He wanted to make sure two school employees had received a memo he sent to school personnel. “They thought I had lost my mind,” said Mike Thurmond. “You have to open up the lines of communication,” said Thurmond, adding that […]

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School district: Atkinson out, Thurmond in

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After less than two years, Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson is leaving the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) in a condition some residents say is worse than when she was hired. The DeKalb County School Board held a meeting Feb. 8 and approved a separation agreement with Atkinson and voted to appoint former Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael […]

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First bilingual charter school in DeKalb County opening

GLOBE Academy site

Brand Kenner, co-founder of GLOBE Academy, said she first got the idea to open the school while her child was attending Little Linguists International Preschool in Atlanta. Kenner was working with Jackie Ubiles to open Little Linguists; she said they both had young children at the time. “We were amazed at the way our kids […]

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It’s official–DeKalb’s school superintendent is leaving

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  The DeKalb County Board of Education will hold a meeting Feb. 8 to approve a separation agreement with Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson and hire an interim superintendent. The meeting, scheduled for 4 p.m. at the district’s Administrative and Industrial Complex in Stone Mountain, confirmed the rumors of Atkinson’s departure. Atkinson wasn’t present during a Feb. […]

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DeKalb school board elects chairman, vice chairman; Atkinson not present

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The DeKalb County school board met Feb. 6 to vote on its chairman and vice chairman for 2013. Board member Eugene Walker will continue to serve as board chairman; Jim McMahon was elected as vice chairman. Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson was not present for the meeting. Although Walker remains the current chairman, he did not receive […]

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