Friday, September 14, 2012
The oversight body again warned DeKalb Schools earlier this month after numerous complaints from parents and staff.
DeKalb Schools Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson has sent a letter in response to a warning from the school's accrediting agency earlier this month, 11 Alive News reports. The warning letter from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which has the power to pull DeKalb's accreditation. cited numerous complaints from staff and parents. Atkinson wrote that the "district has implemented plans to improve upon all standards." SACS letter in September specifically cited the board's legal costs. The district has been accumulating legal fees related to charges of corruption and internal dealing by a former superintendent and a former executive staffer. Atkinson in her letter cited ongoing improvements: an internal legal team that was …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
School board members debated more teacher furlough days or pay cuts, and ended up deciding to end the meeting and try again Thursday.
The DeKalb County school board met Wednesday to discuss an $85-million budget deficit and failed to adopt a budget for the upcoming school year. Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson recommended a mix of a 2-mill tax hike and an array of cuts. Board member Paul Womack, meanwhile, proposed no tax hikes and a shorter school year and 10 more teacher furlough days. The board took a break to gather information on Womack's proposal and then delayed the discussion until 6 p.m. Thursday. The school board planned to vote last week on a spending plan that would cover a $73 million deficit. The board delayed the vote after they learned from district financial officials that there was an additional $12 million in cuts the board would have to make because the…
Friday, May 18, 2012
Carnival, silent auction and more
The Briar Vista Elementary School PTA is hosting the annual Spring Fling this Saturday, May 19. The event will feature a one-mile fun run for the kids, carnival with games and attractions and a silent auction with great stuff from local businesses. All residents are invited to participate. Kids that are not enrolled are welcome to participate in the fun run and Kid’s Carnival. Briar Vista is one of three public elementary schools in Georgia that offers a choice between Traditional and Montessori classrooms. If you go: Spring Fling, Saturday, May 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Briar Vista Elementary School, 1131 Briar Vista Terrace NE Atlanta, Georgia 30324 Come join the rest of the VaHi-Druid Hills Patch fans on Facebook! It's Patch …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Four local students to perform with symphony
Four Druid Hills High School students will perform with the DeKalb Youth Symphony on Wednesday, May 9. Gaelin Baldwin, Olivia Pool, John Thesing and Nancy Thesing will perform in the Spring Concert at Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston campus. Admission is free and donations are accepted. Some of the spring concert selections include Overture to The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Prelude to the Meistersingers of Nurnberg by Richard Wagner, and Kol Nidrei, op.47 by Max Bruch featuring our concerto competition winner, Conner Hart on cello. The DeKalb Youth Symphony, under the direction of Earl Kuutti, is the honor orchestra for DeKalb County Schools. The orchestra is made up of more than 70 musicians, ages 13-18, from public …
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Check out the AP Art Showcase on May 17
The artistic talents of Druid Hills students will be on display next week at Emory University. The Druid Hills High School Art Show will be held Thursday, May 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Candler School of Theology, 1531 Dickey Dr. The show will showcase AP Art projects and outstanding student artwork from the 2011-2012 school year. Free parking is available in the Peavine Visitors Lot and in front of the building. Limited edition notecards are free with a $20 donation. All proceeds benefit Druid Hill High School Art Boosters. Come join the rest of the VaHi-Druid Hills Patch fans on Facebook! It's Patch and Facebook together. Doesn't get much better than that.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Owner of the forest failed to give the district the option to renew the lease
For 45 years, the DeKalb County School System leased and used Fernbank Forest to educate students about nature and the environment. But starting July 1, the 65-acre forest will no longer be leased by the school district. Fernbank Inc., owner of the forest and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Clifton Road, decided not to renew the lease with the school system. The lease will end on June 30, 2012, and Fernbank Inc. will take over the day to day operations. The forest is technically leased to the Fernbank Science Center, which is run by the DeKalb County school system. The center hosts exhibits about nature and science to the county’s K through 12 students while also providing access to the public. Historically, the district used and…
Friday, March 23, 2012
79 boys and 38 girls compete for the individual and team titles on Monday
Mystery Valley Golf Club plays host to the DeKalb County Golf Championships for the seventh consecutive year as 79 boys and 38 girls compete for the individual and team titles on Monday, March 26. The guys start the day at 8 a.m. as two-time defending medalist Ryan Elmore of three-time defending champion Dunwoody tees off with the opening group. The girls begin at 11:54 a.m. as Dunwoody is set to defend its 2011 title. Elmore leads a group of six Dunwoody golfers including twp other Top 20 finishers from the Wildcats three-peat championship of a year ago. Seniors Will Trask and Cameron LaRose finished 20th and 14, respectively, in the 2011 tournament. Other Top 10 finishers from a year ago include runner-up senior Maram Macham of Columbia…
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
New Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson said she plans to take the next 90 days to assess the school district and possibly make administrative changes.
Cheryl Atkinson, DeKalb County's new schools chief, promised to focus on students and spend the next 90 days assessing the school district – a process that may lead to administrative changes and some staffing consolidation. The new superintendent, in only her fifth day on the job here, was light on specifics as she spoke before a group of parents at Henderson Middle School Wednesday morning during the first meeting of the Emory LaVista Parent Council's annual State of the System address. She repeatedly referred parents to her published 90-day plan as a guide of how she will assess the school district before she moves to make changes. So far, that's included visiting more than 20 schools across the county, part of a larger goal to visit …
Monday, August 29, 2011
The day's top headlines for Monday, August 29, 2011
Political Season: Qualifying Starts Today. Candidates Begin Filing for Dunwoody City Election. Atkinson Named DeKalb School Superintendent. Druid Hills BOE Member Opposed Hire. Tech Town Kicks Off at Atlantic Station. Atlanta Colts Murphey Candler Park Opening Ceremonies. H. Harper Station Goes Wild With Sea Bass.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The day's top headlines for Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Two DeKalb School Board Members Oppose Superintendent Nominee. Patch Asks: What Do You Think Of The Quality Of Education in DeKalb Schools? Two Injured When Car Hits APS Bus. Fulton School Board Votes Thursday On Realignment. Dunwoody Moves To Buy 24 Acres In The Heart Of Georgetown. Why Bill Kennedy Way Is Hazardous To Cyclists. MARTA's $700 Million Corridor Moves Closer To The Ballot. Farewell To Ernie Johnson Sr.