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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.

Judge lets DeKalb school district drop from lawsuit

Judge lets DeKalb school district drop from lawsuit

ATLANTA -- A federal judge has granted a request from the DeKalb County school district to allow it to withdraw from a lawsuit against the state.

Last week, the district said it wished to withdraw, but that former board chairman Eugene Walker intends to continue the challenge.

The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of a law that allowed the governor to suspend six members of the nine-member school board after an accreditation agency put the district on probation.

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

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. 

DeKalb School Board votes to drop lawsuit

DeKalb School Board votes to drop lawsuit

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Board of Education voted to terminate their lawsuit against the Georgia State Board of Education during a board meeting Wednesday. 

Board members voted 9-0 in their first meeting as a newly sworn-in school board after two cancelled meetings; one on March 4 and March 11. 

As a result of the vote, Superintendent Michael Thurmond will take the steps to seek termination of the district as plaintiff in the case of DeKalb County School District, et al. vs the Georgia State Board of Education, et al., Case No. 1:13-CV-0544. 

New DeKalb board members sworn in

New DeKalb board members sworn in

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday six names to replace six ousted DeKalb County School Board members. 

The new board members -- John Coleman, Michael Erwin, David Campbell, Joyce Morley, Karen Carter and Thaddeus Mayfield -- were sworn in during a ceremony at the DeKalb County Schools administrative headquarters at 1 p.m. 

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Deal says a selection panel interviewed about 60 applicants from a field of more than 400. Deal said he's encouraged by the candidates' qualifications and their credentials are a testament to the residents of DeKalb County.

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.