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Student petition to oust school board members gains momentum

Student petition to oust school board members gains momentum

ATLANTA-- One DeKalb County high school sophomore's frustration prompted her to launch a petition asking the governor to remove all the school board members.  It appears hundreds agree with her.

Grace McKenna launched her petition just days ago on change.org and already she has received more signatures that she expected.

"I had no idea it would become this big. I just thought students from my school would sign it," said McKenna.

December 17, 2012 the Southern Association of colleges and schools released a scathing report about the DeKalb County School District placing it on probation.

RELATED | DeKalb School Board comes under D.A.'s scrutiny

DeKalb Schools put on probation through 2013

DeKalb Schools put on probation through 2013

DECATUR, Ga. -- The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has placed DeKalb County Schools on probation through 2013.

The accrediting agency held a news conference at noon Monday following an intense investigation.

MORE | Read the SACS report here

"We want to see sustained progress," SACS president Mark Elgart said of the school district during the press conference. He added that SACS believes it will take more than a year to reach that goal, as "there are no proper checks and balances to explain where the money went."

DeKalb County Court to announce Division V Art Challenge Contest winners

DeKalb County Court to announce Division V Art Challenge Contest winners

DECATUR, Ga. -- The winners of the second annual Division V Art Challenge Contest will be announced by DeKalb County State Court Judge Eleanor L. Ross on Monday, December 4.

At 4:00 p.m. at the DeKalb County Courthouse Courtroom C, middle and high school students will learn how their work ranked. Around 36 pieces including pencil drawings, watercolor and photographs were submitted from around 15 schools.

Judge Ross will select winners based on creativity, through the promotion of children and the community. When the contest ran, Ross contacted Elizabeth Epps, the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for the K-12 DeKalb County School System. Epps spread word of the contest to all schools in DeKalb County.

School district to break ground on 3 projects

School district to break ground on 3 projects

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County School District is about to begin construction projects at three high schools.

Crews will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at Southwest DeKalb High School at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The project includes major renovations to the existing building, updates to plumbing and roofing, and building a new addition.

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, another project will break ground at Miller Grove High School. Construction includes building a two-story classroom addition, as well as renovations to current classrooms.

The final ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Martin Luther King Jr. High School. The school will build a new 9th grade wing, administrative area and common classrooms.

Learn more about projects and updates in the school system at dekalb.k12.ga.us.

Special state funding adds 49 school busses in DeKalb County

Special state funding adds 49 school busses in DeKalb County

DEKALB COUNTY -- The DeKalb County School District is adding 49 new busses to its fleet, without impacting the general budget.

Funds given from the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission will make it easier to transport DeKalb's 62,000 students to and from school each day, according to DCSD.

The Board of Education approved the purchase of the busses at a meeting on October 8. The Blue Bird busses carry up to 72 passengers. As of now, 20 Blue Bird busses have passed inspection and have arrived ready-to-use. The rest of the busses will be put to use over the next several weeks.

"Our mechanics and drivers work diligently to care for and maintain our fleet of more than 850 busses, but it can be challenging with the incredible volume of miles that we drive each day," DCSD Bus Fleet Director Anthony Jackson said.

According to DCSD, its busses travel 11 million miles in one year.

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

More than 2,000 JROTC cadets from 30 metro Atlanta high schools
to participate in historic fundraising effort

On Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, visitors to metro Atlanta Kroger stores are likely to be met by a smiling, uniformed JROTC cadet with an Empty Stocking Fund logo, as more than 2,000 cadets representing 30 metro Atlanta high schools’ JROTC programs will be working outside metro Kroger stores to raise awareness of and contributions for The Empty Stocking Fund, an Atlanta-based, Atlanta-serving non-profit organization that has been providing holiday gifts to Atlanta’s neediest children since 1926. 

4 DeKalb schools among Ga. Reward Schools

4 DeKalb schools among Ga. Reward Schools

DECATUR, Ga. -- Four DeKalb County middle and high schools are among this year's Georgia Department of Education Reward Schools.

Reward Schools are the Georgia schools with the highest performance or biggest academic gains by students in the last three years.

"These schools are shining examples of what we can achieve in public education in Georgia," Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I want to take what's working at our Reward Schools and replicate that in every school in the state. These are the schools making education work for all Georgians."

DeKalb Early College Academy was named a Highest Performing School. These schools are among the top 5% of Title I schools in Georgia. To make the list, a school must make Adequate Yearly Progress in all groups and subgroups in 2011.