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16 DeKalb schools make AP honor roll

16 DeKalb schools make AP honor roll

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Sixteen of DeKalb County's 22 public high schools have been named to a statewide Advanced Placement honor roll.

The College Board's AP program gives high school students the opportunity to take college-level courses. At the end of the school year, the students are tested on their knowledge. AP exams earn scores of 1 through 5; receiving a 3, 4 or 5 could result in college credit.

"DeKalb students are succeeding in college-level learning," DeKalb County School District Superintendent Michael Thurmond said. "With more than 70 percent of our high schools on the AP honor roll, we are proud of the district's overall success. Our goal is to be 100 percent."

AP schools are honored in six categories:

AP Challenge Schools are schools with fewer than 900 students where AP exams are offered in four key areas -- English, math, science and social studies.
* DeKalb School of the Arts
* Elizabeth Andrews High School

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

3 counties benefit from Fuel Your School program

3 counties benefit from Fuel Your School program

(WXIA) -- More than 100 public schools in three metro Atlanta counties will benefit from Chevron's Fuel Your School program.

Through the campaign, Chevron contributes $1 from every gasoline purchase of eight gallons or more to participating schools. Fuel Your School generated $391,146 for 131 schools in Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties.

Many of the projects that are granted funds from the program are part of STEM curriculums. For example, students at Grady High School in Atlanta received a data-gathering device to use in their physics courses.

Chevron said nearly 40,000 students are impacted by the money generated through Fuel Your School.

Students bused to alternate schools after boiler leak

Students bused to alternate schools after boiler leak

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – Nearly 900 DeKalb County elementary school students were bused to other schools on Wednesday after a carbon monoxide scare.

Officials say a leak in the boiler at Oak View Elementary posed no carbon monoxide danger to classrooms, but did cause the heat to classrooms to be turned off. That's why students were taken to other schools.

Pre-kindergarten through second grade students were bused to Cedar Grove Elementary, while third through fifth graders were sent to McNair High School.

Oak View elementary got the "all clear" but students still spent the last 2 days in classrooms at other schools.

Superintendent Ralph Simpson said there were no traces of carbon monoxide in the school.

"The boiler room is an outside entrance and exit and at no point could that have entered the school," Simpson said.

UGA student from Decatur passes away

UGA student from Decatur passes away

ATHENS, Ga. -- Campus police are investigating the death of a University of Georgia student who was found unresponsive in a car.

UGA police say 19-year-old Michael McClary of Decatur was in the back seat while returning home after a night out with friends early Saturday morning.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the friends tried to rouse McClary after pulling into an East Campus parking deck and called police at around 2 a.m. Saturday. McClary was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said there were no signs of injury -- foul play, accidental or otherwise.

Georgia State, Georgia Perimeter may merge

Georgia State, Georgia Perimeter may merge

ATLANTA -- Georgia State University is poised to become the state of Georgia's largest university.

At the Jan. 6 meeting of the state Board of Regents, Chancellor Hank Huckaby recommended that the board merge Georgia State and Georgia Perimeter College, a move that would create the largest university in the state and one of the largest in the nation.

Georgia State had a fall enrollment of 32,556 and Georgia Perimeter 21,371, for a combined 53,927. That would make the combined school far larger than The University of Georgia, which had a fall enrollment of 35,197.

"The consolidation would greatly improve opportunities for students and expand Georgia State's reach and impact across the metro-Atlanta area and the state," said Georgia State President Mark Becker in a message broadcast to the campus.

The consolidation would leave the University System with 29 institutions.

Race this weekend: Run with the Dogs

Race this weekend: Run with the Dogs

DECATUR, Ga. -- Two- and four-legged runners alike are invited to participate in a 5K this weekend.

This year's Run with the Dogs - Frostbite 5K will be Saturday, Jan. 10 at Decatur High School. Race day registration opens at 8 a.m., and the run/walk is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Runners are welcome to bring their dogs.

Registration is $30 and includes a cotton T-shirt. For City of Decatur students and teachers, the price drops to $20. Proceeds will benefit the Decatur Bulldogs Boosters, a group that funds athletic programs at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

Visit rungeorgia.com for more information and to sign up.

Decatur High School is located at 310 North McDonough Avenue. The race will begin and end in front of the school gym.