Editorial: Voters should have the final say so


It’s a sad, sad time in DeKalb and something has to be done about our current state of affairs regarding the DeKalb County school board and DeKalb County school system. But whatever the decision, it should be a decision made in DeKalb County by DeKalb County voters. Governor Nathan Deal has suggested that six members […]

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No more playing in the parking lot at Ivy Prep


Before Feb. 25, students at Ivy Prep Academies did not have a playground. Rae Ann Harkness, parent of two children at the school, said, “The kids at the school did not have a safe play area at all. They were having to use the parking lot for P.E., and behind the building. “That’s not a […]

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Governor removes six school board members


  In a news conference Feb. 25, Gov. Nathan Deal announced that he has accepted the unanimous recommendation of the Georgia Board of Education (GBOE) to remove six members of the DeKalb school board. “This is certainly a serious matter. It is a matter that is of grave concern to all of us, especially the […]

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DeKalb libraries awarded grant to enhance knowledge about Islam


Muslims have been a part of the American fabric for generations. Yet, it was not until the terrorist attacks on 9/11 that many Americans became aware of their presence. Since then, there has been mistrust and misinformation about the Muslim community and their religion. An effort is under way to increase knowledge about Muslim Americans […]

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A message from DeKalb County’s Interim School Superintendent Mike Thurmond


  A message from DeKalb County’s Interim School Superintendent Mike Thurmond: Dear DeKalb County Community, Our district is undergoing a tremendous amount of change. From my appointment as interim superintendent to the election of a new Board of Education chairman, Dr. Melvin Johnson, to the legal proceedings involving our Board, 2013 has been full of […]

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DeKalb school board has new chairman


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

Price Middle School

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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