DeKalb County expects by January to approve school closings to reduce the number of “empty seats” — as many as 16,000, or more than 500 classrooms — over the next six years. At-risk schools are clustered primarily in southwest, central and east DeKalb. (The math seems a little fuzzy, as individual schools’ numbers do NOT necessarily add up to the totals printed on maps released Friday. No one said you’d have to do math to close schools, right?)
Gene Walker has resigned as chairman of the DeKalb County Development Authority, two months after an uproar over his dual role as a member of the authority and the DeKalb Board of Education. Walker stepped down just days after the authority released a draft of guidelines for issuing property tax breaks as incentives for new development in DeKalb. The guidelines give the DeKalb County Commission a seat at the table, but make no mention of the Board of Education.
Fired DeKalb County Police Chief Terrell Bolton was insubordinate, misused county vehicles and repeatedly engaged in conduct unbecoming an officer, an administrative hearing officer has ruled. Download the full decision.
Fired DeKalb police chief Terrell Bolton’s explanation for keeping two seized luxury cars at home in his garage is “absurd,” the county’s district attorney says. Police handling of the two cars might also have violated state law, DA Gwen Keyes Fleming wrote in a March 24 letter. But she said it would not warrant criminal prosecution.
Cross Keys High School was scheduled for a complete makeover in SPLOST II, the DeKalb school system’s last cycle of projects funded by local sales taxes. Other projects ran over budget, and Cross Keys was passed by. Now, DeKalb County School Watch has posted a commentary and photo essay on conditions on the campus, including homeless squatters, classrooms and grounds in disrepair, and antiquated equipment.