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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DeKalb unveils tentative ESPLOST V outline

Meeting attendees were placed in classrooms to engage with MTG of America for a more intimate discussion regarding ESPLOST V.

Three general options presented and discussed at Tucker, Miller Grove high schools   DeKalb County School District (DCSD) revealed tentative plans for more than $500 million in tax revenue on Oct. 4. DCSD hosted the first of five public input meetings regarding the use of education-specific special purpose local option sales tax (ESPLOST) at Tucker […]

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Stone Mountain Middle gets in motion

Stone Mountain Middle School hosted FMA Live! on Oct. 5, an award-winning, hip-hop based science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) interactive concert.

DeKalb school hosts award-winning STEM-based “FMA Live!” hip-hop concert   For one hour on Oct. 5, Stone Mountain Middle School combined learning with hip-hop, dance, comedy videos and sumo wrestling. As part of its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program, Stone Mountain Middle hosted Forces in Motion (FMA) Live!, an interactive, science-based hip-hop concert […]

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Harriet Tubman School founders hoping to reopen soon


In 2014, Jhavaun Green and Muhammed Cannon spent months engaging with the residents of Lithonia to find out what the community needs to help residents and bring about growth in the city. After receiving feedback, the two put together a plan to develop a school that would benefit all residents, but specifically the youth. Green […]

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