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Higher pay for DeKalb school administrators draws fire

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Just a few months ago, DeKalb County's School Board was cutting millions from its budget and eliminating jobs.

Now some are wondering how they can approve raises for 4 top school administrators, especially with very little public notice.

"We didn't even have a full board to even vote on the decision to give those particular people raises," DeKalb County parent Cheryl Miller told 11Alive News.

The community school activist accuses the school system of pulling a fast one.

They only gave a few hours notice that the salary hikes would be on the agenda for a Monday meeting attended by only five of nine board members.

At the request of new Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson, the board voted 3-to-2 to give higher salaries to four of her top administrators, ranging from $3,400 to $4,000 a year more.

Bank of America pulling ATMs out of shopping malls, gas stations

ATLANTA -- Brian Moynihan's pruning shears have turned to Bank of America's ATM network.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank recently ended its deal to operate ATMs in Simon mall properties and Valero gas stations, according to Bloomberg's BusinessWeek. That means BofA cash machines at Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, Northlake Mall, Town Center at Cobb, Discover Mills, Mall of Georgia and North Georgia Premium Outlets - all Simon properties - will be removed.

Bank of America is metro Atlanta's third largest bank with $19.5 billion in local deposits and 145 branches.

DeKalb firefighters face issues with lifesaving backpacks

TUCKER, Ga. -- For a firefighter, a 30-pound backpack with a 45-minute supply of oxygen can be the difference between life and death in a raging fire.

DeKalb firefighter Captain Kevin Cavanaugh went into a house fire on April 19 wearing the unit made by Draeger Safety of Pittsburgh.

"I put on my face piece, clicked in to breathe air and everything was fine. As soon as I entered the structure I got a couple of feet in, first breath I took was nothing but smoke." Cavanaugh said. "I immediately put my hands on my face piece to make sure I had a seal. I took a couple more breaths and every time I took a breath all I was breaking was smoke."

Cavanaugh says there have been more than two dozen incidents like this since the units and oxygen bottles first arrived in 2009.

But despite the possible risk of wearing this pack, for DeKalb firefighters there is no choice.

Sanders Financial Management Chairman Emily Sanders Leads Panel at Atlanta Women’s Leadership Forum

Sanders Financial Management Chairman Emily Sanders Leads Panel at Atlanta Women’s Leadership Forum

Emily Sanders, Chairman and CEO of Sanders Financial Management, moderated a panel at the 14th Annual Women’s Leadership Forum, held May 4, 2012, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. Sanders, consistently ranked one of the top women in wealth management nationwide, led a discussion on “Developing Relationships That Support Entrepreneurial Success.”

The Women’s Leadership Forum is presented by Atlanta Business Chronicle, in partnership with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.

The experts on the panel included:

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor recently rolled out a new electronic system designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs of operating the state's unemployment insurance program.

Georgia is one of 10 states to adopt the State Information Data Exchange (SIDES) E-response. It allows employers to respond promptly to the Department of Labor when a former worker files an unemployment claim, according to state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

"This new online capability is part of our continuing effort to make the Georgia Department of Labor more user-friendly and technologically up-to-date," Butler said in a statement. "This will significantly speed communications between the labor department and employers. At the same time, it will help prevent some overpayments to people who might not be eligible for benefits, saving us from having to go back and try to collect money from ineligible applicants."

DeKalb Chamber of Commerce discusses business health and wellness programs

DeKalb --  (submitted by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce) 

What:

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce's First Monday Lunch is a bi-monthly event that allows Chamber members and other representatives from the business community to hear from various business leaders and elected officials on current business trends and issues affecting the county and business in general.

 

Where:

Holiday Inn | Atlanta Perimeter

4386 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Atlanta, GA 30341

770-457-6363

 

Follow the Dekalb Chamber of Commerce on Social Media

Follow the Dekalb Chamber of Commerce on Social Media

In a recent survey on social media we asked "Why aren't you following the Chamber on Social Media?"

We got a wide variety of responses from "My bad" to "I really do not like the time it takes and the mundane petty responses about nothing . . I am wayyyyyyyyyyyy tooooooooooooo busy for the backandforthbackandforth nothing said of the social media world . . . ." <?xml:namespace prefix = o />

 

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