A spokeswoman for the DeKalb County School District says superintendent Cheryl Atkinson has agreed to resign from her post. Atkinson's resignation will be effective Feb. 8 and a separation agreement school board members must vote on requires the district to pay her more than $114,500 over the next five months.
Nine DeKalb County school board members attended a meeting Thursday in Stone Mountain to testify in front of state officials as to why they should not be suspended after the district was placed on probation through the end of 2013. The Georgia Board of Education has voted to meet again with members of the troubled DeKalb County school board.
An audit report found that despite a school board's decision to cut 150 positions from its central office, only 109 might have been eliminated -- and DeKalb Schools officials can't find the detailed list of people and positions that were to have been cut.
A school board near Atlanta has received a long-awaited audit of the system's finances, but isn't sharing it with the public. DeKalb County Schools spokesman Jeff Dickerson tells The Associated Press that board members want to digest the information so they can answer questions before they release it publicly.
Fernbank Science Center survived an initial round of budget cuts by the DeKalb County School District. But leaders are trying to find a way to save $12 million, so Fernbank might be on the chopping block again.
DeKalb County's school board has decided not to close the Fernbank Science Center. Closing the center would have saved nearly $5 million, but board members meeting Tuesday night decided to look elsewhere to fill a $73 million budget gap.
Hundreds of people have signed an online petition in hopes of keeping the Fernbank Science Center from closing. Members of the DeKalb County school board are recommending that the Fernbank Science Center and its planetarium be closed to help save money.