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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.

Graduation rates: DeKalb County

Graduation rates: DeKalb County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 high school graduation rates were released Thursday.

This year's statewide average is 72.5 percent, up slightly from last year's 71.5 percent. It's also the third consecutive increase in the percentage of seniors who graduate from the state's public high schools.

MORE | Ga. graduation rates up this year

DeKalb County's 2014 graduation rate is 62.3 percent. At 100 percent, DeKalb Early College Academy in Stone Mountain and DeKalb School of the Arts in Avondale Estates tied for the county's highest graduation rate.

Other graduation rates in DeKalb County include:

AP exam participation: DeKalb County

AP exam participation: DeKalb County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In DeKalb County, 4,857 students took 7,481 AP exams in 2014, and 2,955 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each DeKalb County public high school:

Arabia Mountain HS
289 students took 395 exams
114 passing scores

2015 Best Colleges: Agnes Scott College

2015 Best Colleges: Agnes Scott College

DECATUR, Ga. -- U.S. News & World Report has released its 2015 list of America's best colleges and universities.

Three Georgia schools earned national rankings: Emory University (21), Georgia Tech (35) and the University of Georgia (62).

Agnes Scott College was featured on some U.S. News lists as well. It is No. 73 on National Liberal Arts College Rankings and No. 21 on Best Value Schools.

ASC is also No. 76 on High School Counselor Rankings, a list compiled by a nationwide sampling of guidance counselors. The counselors rated the schools on a scale of 1 to 5; ASC earned 3.7.

See the complete list of top schools at usnews.com.