The Board of Education and Cheryl Atkinson agreed to "separate" on Friday and immediately the BOE announced an interim superintendent. From the AJC : "Former Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond will be DeKalb interim chief.
From Ty Tagami in the AJC: "It may seem like an abrupt transition from the job of Georgia labor commissioner, but Michael Thurmond said he has a lot to offer the troubled DeKalb County School District. Thurmond met privately with the nine members of the county school board Monday.
From the Druid Hills High School PTA: February 4, 2013. On Thursday, January 31, Principals, PTA and School Council representatives from our cluster met to discuss filing a letter of intent to form a Druid Hills High School Charter Cluster (DHCC) within the DeKalb County School District. Filing a letter of intent is the first step in a long process and simply allows us to evaluate the potential benefits of becoming a charter cluster. The evaluation period will last for the next six months and, should we formally petition for charter status as a result, the proposed opening
From CHCA and other civic associations listed below: "Please join Marshall Orson, DeKalb County School Board member, for a Town Hall on February 19th from 7pm to 8:30pm at Emory Presbyterian Church. Marshall will address critical issues concerning the DeKalb County School District including accreditation, leadership, and reform ideas. Emory Presbyterian is located at 1886 North Decatur, Road, Atlanta, GA 30307.
Clairmont Heights Civic Association
Druid Hills Civic Association
Edmund Park Homeowners Association
From MANA's Tanya Myers via the Medlock Neighbors Facebook Group: "Curious or confused about the recent developments surrounding SACS accreditation and hearings with the State BOE? Board Member Marshall Orson will be available at this community meeting to provide information and discuss." Tuesday, February 19, 7 p.m.
From local resident Mark Knowles: "The Druid Hills Dugout Club is once again selling discount cards good at neighborhood locations. The cards are $10 and 100% of proceeds goes to fund the baseball program at the middle and high schools. For more information or to have your card delivered email firstname.lastname@example.org."
From Ty Tagami in the AJC: "The nine members of the DeKalb County school board have one month to prepare for another showdown over concerns raised by an accrediting agency, and if they make a weak case they could lose their seats. One by one, they went up to a podium Thursday for a first round of grilling by the Georgia school board over allegations of misbehavior.
From state rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: 2013 GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONVENED AND COMPLETED FOUR DAYS! This is Mary Margaret Oliver’s second email newsletter for the 2013 General Assembly Session which convened January 14, 2013 and has completed four of its forty days of work. ... In each newsletter, I ask how you would vote on a pending bill or budget item. I am very grateful for your thoughtful responses and I personally read all your answers. Thank you for your opinions and guidance! Second newsletter question: If you were a member of the State Board of Education, would you vote to recommend to Governor Deal removal all members of the DeKalb School Board based on the SACS Report of December 17, 2012?