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

Champion Newspaper (74)

  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

Champion Newspaper (64)

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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St. Pius senior honored by Atlanta piano association

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On Sunday, Jan. 15 St. Pius Catholic High School senior Mia Park will showcase a talent she’s cultivated since she was 4 years old. Park, 17, recently earned a Graduation Senior Award from the Atlanta Area Suzuki Piano Association (AASPA), a nonprofit piano instruction organization founded in 1990. To celebrate the honor, Park will perform […]

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Marist debate, speech program ranked high in nation

Marist School’s debate and speech program was named among the top 8 percent in the country by the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) and gained entry into the organization’s 200 Club. Photo courtesy of Marist School.

A DeKalb County private school’s speech and debate program is catching the eye of a near-century old national association.Marist School, a private catholic school located at 3790 Ashford-Dunwoody Road NE in Atlanta, has been ranked among the top 8 percent of schools nationwide by the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) for the 2015-2016 academic […]

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Investigated Cross Keys teachers resign

Two Cross Keys High School teachers have been removed from the classroom following allegations they said disparaging remarks about undocumented immigrants. Cross Keys High School’s student body is 80 percent Hispanic or Latino, 11 percent Black, 6 percent Asian, 1 percent White, and 1 percent other races.

Two teachers who were removed from Cross Keys High School in November over allegations of anti-immigration remarks have resigned, according to DeKalb County School District (DCSD) officials. Officials said Diane Clark, a French teacher at Cross Keys, resigned effective Nov. 28 while Susan Petre, an English as a second language (ESOL) teacher resigned on Dec. […]

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District approves $200,000 contract for graduation audio, video services

Vicki Turner questioned how much money the district is spending to hold DeKalb County School District commencement ceremonies at the Georgia World Congress Center in May preceding a $200,000 contract approval for video and audio services. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

Sparks discussion on commencement ceremonies   DeKalb County School District’s (DCSD) board of education approved a contract worth $204,663 for audio, video and staging services to be used at graduation ceremonies the week of May 22. According to the request for proposal (RFP) from the district, services will include providing an 80-foot by 40-foot stage, […]

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Chamblee Charter High principal addresses post-election climate

Chamblee Charter High School principal Norman Sauce III recently addressed the political climate in his school by sending a letter to students, parents and staff. Photo submitted.

In the wake of Election Day on Nov. 8, reports of racial abuse have been reported in many media platforms. One DeKalb County educator is hoping such incidents do not reach the hallways of Chamblee Charter High School. Norman Sauce III, principal of Chamblee Charter High, wrote a letter to the local community on Nov. […]

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