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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. 

Coyotes spotted near elementary school

Coyotes spotted near elementary school

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- A Doraville Elementary school has taken precautions after nearby residents reported a number of coyote sightings. 

Several people living in the Northcrest neighborhood said they have heard the howls at night, seen the footprints during the day, and even had pets disappear.

"The concern is that [Pleasantdale Elementary School] backs up to a wooded area where there could be a den, and there's no fence around it," said concerned Northcrest resident Fred Brazzell. He's seen several coyotes and no longer lets his small dog out at night.

A representative for DeKalb County said the school hasn't seen any coyotes during the day, but they're being careful anyway. They keep their doors and dumpster lids closed, and keep a close eye on kids when they're outside. Two coaches watch them at all times and keep radios handy in case of a sighting.

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.

403 people apply for 6 vacancies on DeKalb School Board

403 people apply for 6 vacancies on DeKalb School Board

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga -- Given the tumultuous state of Georgia's third largest school system, some might ask why anyone would want to be on the DeKalb County School Board.

The answer is 403 people.

That's right, FOUR-HUNDRED-AND-THREE...for 6 part time jobs that only pay $18,000 a year.

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That's the number Governor Nathan Deal's office provided to 11 Alive News just after the 5 p.m. deadline for applications on Wednesday.

State "overwhelmed" with applications for empty DeKalb School seats

State "overwhelmed" with applications for empty DeKalb School seats

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Georgia Board of Education member Kenneth Mason admits he's a bit "overwhelmed".

As of Monday afternoon, 150 people had applied for six vacant seats on the DeKalb County School Board and the deadline for more applications isn't until 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Some were from other parts of Georgia and at least one from out-of-state, but whoever is picked will have to live in the school district to be represented.

"Business leaders, community activists, parents, concerned people who want to be part of the solution," is how Mason described the list to 11Alive News on Tuesday.

Mason is chairman of a nomination panel named last week by Governor Nathan Deal to begin picking replacements for the six DeKalb members the governor suspended.