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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

Georgia Lottery’s All Access Finals to air Tonight

Georgia Lottery’s All Access Finals to air Tonight

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by GA lottery)

A star-studded cast of Georgia’s favorite celebrities and musical guests will appear in an hour-and-a-half-long special, counting down the top four winners of the Georgia Lottery’s All Access Music Search. Entertainment Tonight correspondent Kevin Frazier will host the live show at 8 p.m. Friday.

Celebrities, including multi-Grammy winning songwriter-producer and musician Dallas Austin; 2011 Grammy-nominee songwriter-producer and musician Clay Cook of the Zac Brown Band; singer-songwriter and radio personality Monica; and country rock singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins will provide musical talent. Famed actress-singer and dancer Jasmine Guy will choreograph the primetime show.

In this special episode the Georgia Lottery will reveal the top four musical finalists of the Georgia Lottery’s All Access Music Search. Those finalists will head to Hollywood to record a track at the legendary Capitol Records Tower.

Some Dekalb County Schools may be forced to Close, Parents rally to SAVE LIVSEY Elementary

Some Dekalb County Schools may be forced to Close, Parents rally to SAVE LIVSEY Elementary

Tucker, GA--  (submitted by the Save Livsey Task Force)

As you are likely aware, the DeKalb County School System (DCSS) is currently preparing its ten-year master plan for the school district, known as "2020 Vision." A significant component of the plan concerns the consolidation (or closing) and redistricting of schools throughout the district.

This past Monday, the Consolidation/Redistricting plan (Plan) was presented to the Board of Education. The Plan consists of a centralized option and a decentralized option. Details, including maps, of the plan can be found at the DCSS website or at www.SAVELIVSEY.org.

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."

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.

Public Meetings wil be Held in January RE: Dekalb School Redistricting Plans

Public Meetings wil be Held in January RE: Dekalb School Redistricting Plans

Stone Mountain, GA--  (submitted by Cohn Wolfe)

On Dec. 6, 2010, the DeKalb County School System Board of Education presented its timeline for the 2020 Vision: 2011-2012 Redistricting and Consolidation Plan.

Dekalb County Schools Designate January 2011 as Bullying Awareness Month

Dekalb County Schools Designate January 2011 as Bullying Awareness Month

Atlanta, GA--  (Submitted by Cohn&Wolfe)  

The DeKalb County School System will on Jan. 3, 2011, join parents, students and community leaders to launch “Bullying Awareness Month,” a 30-day campaign to highlight the DeKalb County School System’s enhanced policy aimed at reducing incidents of bullying. During the Jan.