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14 DeKalb schools go wireless

14 DeKalb schools go wireless

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County School District hopes to make all of its schools and centers wireless by the end of the year.

So far, 14 schools are completed, thanks to a SPLOST-funded technology project.

"We are pleased with the results so far of our aggressive technology plan," DeKalb Schools Chief Information Officer Gary Brantley said in a statement. "With their vote in support of SPLOST, the citizens of DeKalb County made a sound investment in their children's schools. Through this program, our students will learn in 21st century environments that reflect our changing needs."

As of Wednesday, DeKalb's wireless schools include Cedar Grove High, Chamblee Middle, Clarkston High, Coralwood School, International Student Center, Kittredge Magnet School, Lithonia High, Lithonia Middle, Margaret Harris Comprehensive School, Miller Grove High, Peachtree Charter Middle, Redan Middle, Tucker Middle and Warren Technical School.

DeKalb music official in running to lead FAMU marching band

DeKalb music official in running to lead FAMU marching band

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A DeKalb County Schools official is in the running to lead the famed marching band at Florida A&M University.

University officials say the search committee will meet Monday with two candidates for director of the Marching 100.

The two candidates are former Ohio University music professor Sylvester Young and Don Roberts, who is the instrumental music coordinator for DeKalb Schools.

In January, FAMU officials said they were starting over in their search for a new band director. They had planned to appoint Jorim Reid of North Carolina Central University, but they said Reid and the university disagreed over the duties of the band director.

The university changed the job following the hazing-related death of drum major Robert Champion.

36 DeKalb students qualify for Governor's Honors

36 DeKalb students qualify for Governor's Honors

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Thirty-six students at seven DeKalb County high schools have been selected to participate in this year's Governor's Honors Program.

The prestigious summer program gives talented high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to spend four weeks studying in areas in which they excel.

Governor's Honors is extremely selective. Students must undergo a series of applications and interviews to qualify.

"GHP is such a competitive program that even being nominated is an accomplishment," program director Dale Lyles said in a statement. "I congratulate the students of DeKalb County School District and look forward to meeting them and their parents in June."

DeKalb County's Governor's Honors students include:

Arabia Mountain HS
* Amera Dixon, chemistry

Agnes Scott on list of least party-friendly schools in the US

Agnes Scott on list of least party-friendly schools in the US

(WXIA) -- Two Georgia colleges were counted on the "worst party schools" in the nation, according to a list from College Prowler, which crafts rankings from information gleaned from students.

According to the site, Wesleyan College in Macon and Agnes Scott College in Decatur are among the least party-friendly schools in the nation.

In talking about Wesleyan, it says, "Described as one of the driest campuses in Georgia, students say the Wesleyan party scene actually does exist... if you can get far away from campus. Fortunately, the Social Committee does apparently throw plenty of nice luncheons."

The site also has its opinion of Agnes Scott.

"It's reportedly a great place to go if you love movie nights," it says. "If movie nights are not enough, you can always hop on a bus to Georgia Tech or Morehouse to find out what a party looks like."

The full list:

DeKalb School District serves up 5 Million Meals campaign

DeKalb School District serves up 5 Million Meals campaign

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Along with a few other districts, DeKalb County Schools has joined the 5 Million Meals Campaign to help get more local food in schools. 

An official of the DCSD said its nutritionn director, Joyce Wimberly made a pledge to support her local economy and farmers by raising the amount of local produce served to students through a farm to school program. By joining forces, DCSD won a Golden Radish Award. 

The 5 Million Meals Challenge was started in October 2012 by Georgia Organics and partners, with the goal of serving 5 million meals made with locally grown food to cafeterias across Georgia who serve kindergarten through twelfth grades. 

In 123 schools, DCSD served over 12 million lunches that included watermelon, apples, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, carrots and strawberries. 

Tears and cheers at Med School match day

Tears and cheers at Med School match day

ATLANTA -- Will they get to stay close to home, or start over in a new city?

Will they start a new program together with their fiancé, or have to continue their relationship on opposite sides of the country? The answers to these questions were sealed in envelopes laid out on a table at Emory Medical School.

Friday was Match Day.

All across the country, medical students had to wait until noon Friday to find out where they would continue their paths to becoming licensed physicians. The students visited residency programs all over the US, and ranked their choices. Then the programs picked according to those choices.

"It was like Christmas, it really was, my friends and I last night were saying this feels like the night before Christmas," Kevin Little said. "To be honest I didn't think I'd cry so much, I kind of lost it."

Gov. Deal fires back at civil rights leaders over DeKalb School Board

Gov. Deal fires back at civil rights leaders over DeKalb School Board

ATLANTA --  Governor Nathan Deal (R-Georgia) announced Tuesday that he will name replacements Wednesday morning for 6 DeKalb County School Board members he suspended on February 25th.

His office also released a list of 60 possible candidates out of 403 that were interviewed by a special nomination panel since last Friday.

Deal acted under a 2011 law to remove the school board members after the DeKalb's accreditation was put on probation due to a "dysfunctional" board.

On Tuesday he also fired back at some civil rights leaders who've accused him of acting as a dictator with questionable racial intentions.

They met with him Monday to criticize his action as an unconstitutional disenfranchisement of DeKalb County voters.