DeKalb Modifies Sanitation Schedule

January 30, 2014

Due to the snowstorm, DeKalb County has issued the following modified sanitation schedule for this week only:

“Wednesday recycling and yard waste routes and Thursday garbage routes will be collected on Friday. Thursday recycling and yard waste routes and Friday garbage routes will be collected on Saturday.”

Most or all of our community has Friday trash collection, which will occur on Saturday, February 1.

As a reminder, DeKalb and Fulton County schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, January 31.


Schools Remain Closed Friday, January 31

January 30, 2014

The DeKalb and Fulton County school systems will remain closed tomorrow, Friday, January 31.

Although the schools will be closed, some local governmental functions are expected to reopen tomorrow. In some (but not all) instances, city and county governments have been posting up-to-date closure information on their websites, which are as follows:

Brookhaven brookhavenga.gov

Chamblee chambleega.com

Doraville doravillega.us

Dunwoody dunwoodyga.gov

Sandy Springs sandyspringsga.gov

DeKalb County co.dekalb.ga.us

Fulton County fultoncountyga.gov

MARTA itsmarta.com

WSB-TV also has a helpful list of closures throughout Metro Atlanta, which can be found by clicking here.


Winter Storm Closures for Thursday, January 30

January 29, 2014

The DeKalb and Fulton County school systems will remain closed tomorrow, Thursday, January 30. The DeKalb and Fulton County governments likewise will be closed. All courts in both counties will be closed. The state government will be closed as well.

Governor Deal and all local jurisdictions continue to highly recommend that motorists stay off the roads tomorrow.

Some city governments previously had announced an intent to open mid-day on Thursday. That is subject to change. In some instances, up-to-date information for each city can be found on their websites:

Brookhaven brookhavenga.gov

Chamblee chambleega.com

Doraville doravillega.us

Dunwoody dunwoodyga.gov

Sandy Springs sandyspringsga.gov

WSB-TV also has a helpful list of closures throughout Metro Atlanta, which can be found by clicking here.

MARTA CEO Keith Parker has informed me that buses will begin to run Thursday at 8:00 a.m. Trains have been running throughout the storm aftermath. Train service will run tonight until 1:30 a.m. Please be patient, however, because there has been heavy ridership and significant delays.


DeKalb & Fulton Schools Close Early

January 28, 2014

The DeKalb County School System has announced the early closure of schools today. Elementary schools will close at 1:30 p.m., high schools at 2:30 p.m., and middle schools at 3:15 p.m.

Fulton schools will close at 1:45 p.m.


DeKalb School Calendar & Winter Weather Update

January 28, 2014

Via an online survey, the DeKalb County School System is collecting input regarding the school calendar for the 2014-2015 school year. Please click here to take the survey. The survey link will expire at noon tomorrow, Wednesday, January 29. Superintendent Michael Thurmond is expected to make a recommendation to the Board of Education regarding the school calendar on February 3.

Also, the DeKalb County School System has issued the following advisory regarding today’s expected winter weather:

“Based on information we have received from the National Weather Service and our Inclement Weather Team, the DeKalb County School District will open all schools today. All after school activities are canceled. Decisions regarding school for students on Wednesday will be made following updates from the National Weather Service and consultation with the Inclement Weather Team. Parents, teachers and District employees will be notified of any closings or delays through the District website, social media, local news media, phone trees and emails.”

Likewise, the Fulton County School System has canceled all after-school activities today.


DeKalb School Accreditation Update

January 27, 2014

As seen in the news last week, the DeKalb County School System’s accreditation status has been elevated from probation – which is one step above complete loss of accreditation – to “accredited warned.” This increase in the system’s accreditation status is the direct result of the hard work of Superintendent Michael Thurmond and the new board of education that was appointed last year.

The new board of education was installed only because Governor Nathan Deal had the courage to replace the board pursuant to a law which permits the governor to do so if a school system’s accreditation is at risk of loss. A loss of accreditation would have threatened the worth of high school diplomas issued in DeKalb County, homeowners’ property values and the willingness of businesses to locate here.

I was proud to be one of only seven (out of 23) DeKalb County legislators who stood with Governor Deal when he announced his decision to suspend and replace the DeKalb BOE. I also attended the BOE meeting last week at which Dr. Mark Elgart of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) announced the elevation of DeKalb’s accreditation status.

Dr. Elgart underscored the importance of this year’s school board elections, which will be held May 20, to the continued improvement of our school system. It’s critical that voters be vigilant not to return the BOE to the dysfunction, cronyism and meddling that put our schools on unstable ground in the first place. Dr. Elgart also noted that, with its existing financial resources, DeKalb should be able to have one of the best school systems in the nation.

Things are not perfect in the DeKalb County School System. But at least now the trajectory is pointed in the right direction. Simply put, the threat of accreditation loss is the single most important issue facing DeKalb County right now.

Here is Governor Deal’s public statement on the positive news:

“Today’s announcement is excellent news for the students in DeKalb schools who ran the risk of owning tarnished degrees and for homeowners whose property values would have fallen precipitously,” Deal said. “In early 2013, we faced a crisis in DeKalb. Working together with many local leaders who had the courage to step forward, we put aside short-term politics for a long-term solution that is paying dividends today. I would like to thank my friend Superintendent Thurmond, the volunteers on the nominating panel, my school board liaisons and the DeKalb legislators who stood with me when we made this announcement last year. I also want to give a special thanks to the diverse group of public servants who stepped up during their community’s time of need to serve on this school board. They have made a positive difference, and for that, we are grateful. As I often say, my No. 1 goal is to bring good jobs to Georgia, and education plays a critical role in that effort. Today we celebrate this positive development, as well as the great example that DeKalb has set by rallying together for the public good.”


DeKalb & Fulton Schools Closed January 7

January 6, 2014

Due to freezing weather, all public schools in DeKalb and Fulton counties will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Click here for the DeKalb announcement from Superintendent Michael Thurmond. Click here for the Fulton announcement as posted on their website.


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