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Interim Superintendant to hold DeKalb County's State of the System

Interim Superintendant to hold DeKalb County's State of the System

DECATUR – (DeKalb County School System) DeKalb County School System’s Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson will present the annual DeKalb Schools’ State of the System Address on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Holiday Inn – Atlanta Perimeter, 4386 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30341.

Mrs. Tyson will be discussing the state of DeKalb County School System as well as future plans for the School District.

Refreshments will be available at 7:30 a.m. The annual program and Mrs. Tyson’s address will begin at 8:00 a.m. The event is free but registration and an RSVP is mandatory. For more information and to register please visit: http://dekalbsos.eventbrite.com/.

For more information and updates about the DeKalb County School System, please visit www.dekalb.k12.ga.us

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.

Flat Lottery, Too Many Students, Even Snow Mean HOPE Cuts

Flat Lottery, Too Many Students, Even Snow Mean HOPE Cuts

ATLANTA -- Most of them know the bad news is coming.

Most of Georgia's more than 300,000 state college students know they'll see even higher tuition next year and even fewer benefits from the HOPE Scholarship.

"I'm gonna have to find alternative ways to finance my coming here," Georgia State University freshman Kenja McNeil said, adding that those will probably include, "loans, scholarships, more scholarships and more scholarships."

Lottery proceeds have poured about $15 billion into the HOPE and pre-kindergarten programs since they began 17 years ago.

Right now, about 200,000 state college students receive HOPE benefits.

But lottery sales have flattened out, according to Margaret DeFrancisco, CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation.

Wednesday morning she told the University System's State Board of Regents that's thanks to the recession, growing competition from other states...and even January's winter storm.

Atlanta National College Fair at the Georgia International Covention Center

Atlanta National College Fair at the Georgia International Covention Center

Atlanta, GA--  If you are a college bound student and still undecided about which school to attend, then come to the Georgia International Convention Center on Sunday , February 13th for the 2011 Atlanta National College Fair.  There will be representatives of over 200 colleges on hand to answer questions and to promote their schools. There will also be informational workshops held all day.

The College Fair is from 12pm-4pm on February 13th at the Georgia International Convention Center.

FREE ADMISSION! Register at WWW.GOTOMYNCF.COM

DeKalb County Youth Commission Application Deadline Has been Extended Due to the Winter Storms

DeKalb County Youth Commission Application Deadline Has been Extended Due to the Winter Storms

Dekalb County, GA--  (submitted by the Dekalb County Government)  Due to the January Winter Storm, DeKalb County Schools and Georgia highways were closed.  As a result, we are extending The Youth Commission application deadline. DeKalb County Youth Commission was approved in the March 2008 county budget. This program will cater to DeKalb County 10th and 11th graders. Students must be a resident of DeKalb County and currently enrolled in a DeKalb County High School.

Dekalb Schools Official Announcement on Money Saved from Possible Redistricting

Dekalb Schools Official Announcement on Money Saved from Possible Redistricting

(Submitted by SDekalb County Schools)

The DeKalb County School System is announcing today results of the cost/savings analysis regarding the current Redistricting and Consolidation proposal for the School District.

The Redistricting and Consolidation plan options, which were presented to the DeKalb County Board of Education by MGT of America on Jan. 3, 2011, are designed to address inefficiencies in the facilities management of DeKalb Schools, including some 11,000 “empty seats” throughout the School District.

The plan, which must be approved by the Board of Education, will be implemented at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year and includes two options, including a “centralized” and “decentralized” option.

Based on an internal review and consultation with the Georgia Department of Education, the School System estimates the centralized plan will save the School District approximately $150 million over the next ten years, while the decentralized plan will save approximately $161 million over the same period of time.

On an annual basis, the centralized plan would save the School System some $15 million each year, while the decentralized plan would save approximately $16 million.

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.