Rich McKay wrote a very balanced article updating us on a few key issues at DCSS in today's AJC online.
DeKalb Schools prepared to pass accreditation
DeKalb County Schools will meet every requirement put to it by its accrediting agency by its October 31 deadline, according to interim superintendent Ramona Tyson.
In her last official act as interim superintendent Tyson told the DeKalb Board of Education that they are ready for the test that could make or break Georgia's third largest school district.
"We are one month out before AdvancED returns and we are well underway," she said.
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A new superintendent, Cheryl L.H. Atkinson of Lorain, Ohio, has been hired and her first day is Thursday.
New financial safeguards are in place and a new fraud hotline is set to go online later this month.
Academic improvement plans are in the works and a longrange planning session is set for Sept. 20 with parents and community leaders invited to participate.
But one of the eight areas of concern from SACS doesn't seemed to have been clearly solved in some parents' minds -- namely, can the board get along?
At a recent meeting when the board hired its new superintendent, the vote was 6-to-3, with board members Don McChesney, Nancy Jester and Pam Speaks voting against her. While the three dissenters told parents that they would back Atkinson, three other board members walked out of the meeting during a heated discussion.
That spurred ongoing public debate about whether or not the board is really making changes needed.
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