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Chief Assistant District Attorney Nicole Marchand Leads Mocks Trial Competition

Chief Assistant District Attorney Nicole Marchand Leads Mocks Trial Competition

Decatur, GA – (DeKalb County DA) Lawyers from across DeKalb County and the greater Atlanta area will volunteer for the 2011 Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, February 12 at the DeKalb County Courthouse located at 556 N. McDonough Street in Decatur. The event, sponsored by the State Bar of Georgia, brings together approximately 150 youth from 7 DeKalb schools to compete for a regional title.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to work with the tremendously talented young people for this year’s mock trial competition,” said Nicole Marchand, who has served as organizer of the mock trial competition for 6 years.

Round 1 of competition begins at 9 a.m., Round 2 at 1 p.m. and the Championship Round begins at 4:30 p.m.  The award ceremony will be held in the Jury Assembly Room at 4 p.m. 

“We have students from across the county coming together to compete.

DeKalb County School System Interim Superintendent Wins Sirius Star Award

DeKalb County School System Interim Superintendent Wins Sirius Star Award

DECATUR -- (DeKalb County Public Schools) DeKalb County School System Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson has been selected by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce as the recipient of the Sirius Star Award. She will be presented with the award at the 73rd Annual Meeting & Legislative Reception slated for Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011.

Ms. Tyson was chosen as a recipient of this award in recognition of her dedication and commitment to public service as demonstrated by the character and fortitude she has shown during the past nine
months at the DeKalb County School System.

Additionally, The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce expressed that like Sirius, the second brightest star in the sky, Ms. Tyson's hard work has been an illuminating presence for DeKalb County. The award will be presented to Ms. Tyson on Feb.

Parents Speak Up About Bullying in Dekalb's Schools

Parents Speak Up About Bullying in Dekalb's Schools

Dekalb County, GA--  (submitted by Latasha Walker)

Parents, Students and Community Activists will unite not only to commemorate  the death of Jaheem Herrera but to also come together on the last day of Bullying Awareness Month in DeKalb County Schools. The press conference will convene at the site where Jaheem Herrera was bullied within the DeKalb County School System at 1:00 PM, MONDAY, JANUARY 31st AT DUNAIRE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 651 SOUTH  INDIAN CREEK DRIVE, STONE MOUNTAIN, GEORGIA.

DeKalb County School System Weather Related Make-up Days

DeKalb County School System Weather Related Make-up Days

The DeKalb County School System has identified two proposed instructional days in February to make up for instructional days missed during this month’s inclement weather.

The days identified are as follows: Friday, Feb. 18 and Monday, Feb. 21

The DeKalb County School System will recommend these days to the DeKalb County Board of Education for approval at a called meeting on Thursday,
Jan. 27, at 10 a.m.

Upon Board of Education approval, employees, students, parents and the DeKalb Schools community at-large will be informed of the make-up days.

For more information and updates, please visit www.dekalb.k12.ga.us

DeKalb to Close 12 Schools and Uproot More Students

DeKalb to Close 12 Schools and Uproot More Students

DEKALB COUNTY, GA -- Public hearings are scheduled to start next week in DeKalb County, after the school board proposed closing 12 elementary schools, citing too few students. Livsey Elementary School is one on the proposed list to close.

Beloved by families in the neighborhood, officials say it has low enrollment and that consolidating student populations is the best way to maximize learning and funding.

Marshall Orson, president of Fernbank Elementary's School Council says, "This is a school that was built for the Druid Hills neighborhood. It's been here for 52 years. It's a phenomenal school, probably one of the highest performing in DeKalb County, probably all of Georgia."

Concerned Parents Hold Community Meeting at Leafmore Creek Park Clubhouse

Concerned Parents Hold Community Meeting at Leafmore Creek Park Clubhouse

On January 6th, residents in the Middle Dekalb Cluster area of the county (Briarlake, Sagamore Hills, Oak Grove, Henderson Mills, Hawthorne, Lakeside) are meeting to discuss the proposed redistricting proposals released this week, by the county.

Residents think, “The proposed changes have many flaws, including poor zoning recommendations, proposed zones that cut existing and historic neighborhoods in half, and disorganized feeder plans.”

They also believe, “the proposals would also have a strong negative impact on property values in neighborhoods that are suddenly great distances from local elementary, middle and high schools, not to mention negatively impacting traffic in the area.”

This meeting will convene at the Leafmore Creek Park Clubhouse located at 1373 Altamont Drive in Decatur. The meeting will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

An Outrageous Raise or a Well Deserved Supplement?

An Outrageous Raise or a Well Deserved Supplement?

DEKALB COUNTY, GA -- "I think it's more of the same, a slap in the face." That's how Kim Ault and other parents reacted Friday to a $73,000 pay hike for Interim DeKalb County School Superintendent Ramona Tyson.

Some are outraged that a school system that's $50 million in the red and racked by a recent scandal would even think of such a move.

But with a 7 to 1 vote, the DeKalb County School Board increased Tyson's salary by 44 percent.

"Given what she's taken us through, it's disingenuous if we were going to continue to pay her 50 cents on the dollar," said School Board Chairman Tom Bowen.

He points out that Tyson has been working at her old Deputy Superintendent's salary of $165,000 since taking over the top job last February.

She took over when previous Superintendent Crawford Lewis was suspended and then fired after being charged with corruption.

Lewis' salary was $255,000 when he got the boot.