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County Commissioner Gives "The State of Black Dekalb" Speech

County Commissioner Gives "The State of Black Dekalb" Speech

Dekalb County, GA--  (submitted by Dekalb Communications)

In recognition of Black History Month, DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson is pleased to present to the citizens of DeKalb County the “State of Black DeKalb” - How Far Have We Come?  The event will feature a series of panel guests in a discussion to share insight on issues that impact critical quality of life issues.

Topics covered in the “State of Black DeKalb” include:

  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Community Partnerships and Resources
  • Political Aspects
  • Faith-Based Community
  • Future of DeKalb

Dekalb County District Attorney Announces 2 New Appointments

Dekalb County District Attorney Announces 2 New Appointments

Dekalb County, GA--  (submitted by Eric burrton of Dekalb County Gov)

DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James recently announced the appointment of Nicole D. Marchand as Chief Assistant District Attorney, Craig S. Scott as Chief Investigator, Erik Burton as Director of Communications and Kaleema Thomas as Director of Diversion Programs.

Marchand, an Emory Law School graduate, previously served as the Acting Solicitor-General and Chief Assistant Solicitor-General. Scott previously served under James as his Chief Investigator in the Solicitor-General’s office and has worked as an investigator in the District Attorney’s office under former District Attorneys J. Tom Morgan, Jeff Brickman and Gwen Keyes Fleming. Burton, a Florida A&M University graduate, was the former Communications Director for the Office of the Solicitor-General and Community Relations Director for DeKalb County Government.

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.

Dekalb County DA Announces New Appointments

Dekalb County DA Announces New Appointments

DECATUR -- Recently, DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James recently announced the appointment of Nicole D. Marchand as Chief Assistant District Attorney, Craig S. Scott as Chief Investigator, Erik Burton as Director of Communications and Kaleema Thomas as Director of Diversion Programs.

Marchand, an Emory Law School graduate, previously served as the Acting Solicitor-General and Chief Assistant Solicitor-General. Scott previously served under James as his Chief Investigator in the Solicitor-General’s office and has worked as an investigator in the District Attorney’s office under former District Attorneys J. Tom Morgan, Jeff Brickman and Gwen Keyes Fleming. Burton, a Florida A&M University graduate, was the former Communications Director for the Office of the Solicitor-General and Community Relations Director for DeKalb County Government.

Fire Personnel Placed on Administrative Leave

Fire Personnel Placed on Administrative Leave

TUCKER, GA -- As part of the ongoing investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct involving DeKalb Fire Rescue personnel, Public Safety Director William Z. Miller has placed two Fire Rescue Department commanders on administrative leave today.

Deputy Chief William Smith and Assistant Chief Joseph Tinsley are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation.  This action was taken by Director Miller as a result of recent developments in the investigation.  Firefighters William Corbett and Captain Marcus Reed also remain on paid administrative leave as this investigation continues.

There is no additional information available at this time.

 

Dekalb's CEO Burrell Ellis' Town Hall Meetings Continue to be a Success

Dekalb's CEO Burrell Ellis' Town Hall Meetings Continue to be a Success

Stone Mountain, GA-- DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis has been attending a series of in-home neighborhood meetings all month long to discuss and receive feedback on the proposed 2011 executive budget recommendations and related county matters.  The last meeting took place on January 25th at the 5001 Mainstreet Park Drive Clubhouse in Stone Mountain.  It was hosted by community member Rick Harris.

To the room full of residents Mr. Ellis said, “I know that residents have questions to ask and priorities to voice, (and) I want to hear what the people have to say”.

The remaining meetings will be at the following locations:

(The meeting initially set for Feb. 1 will be rescheduled. Other neighborhood gatherings may be announced at a later date.)

Wednesday, Feb.

Facebook Page Seeks Recall of Atlanta School Board

Facebook Page Seeks Recall of Atlanta School Board

ATLANTA -- You knew it had to happen.

Someone has created a Facebook page aimed at recalling members of the Atlanta School Board.

The page was launched Tuesday night, just hours after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools put Atlanta Public Schools' accreditation on probation due to the political bickering of a "dysfunctional" board.

The first post on the Facebook recall page is supposedly from a parent with two children in Atlanta public schools who writes, "it is my desire to build support for my children and many others in demanding that the board immediately resign or otherwise step down."

Meanwhile, the battle continues over whether the board should fight back or comply with recommendations from SACS to save their accreditation.