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DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Elects New Board Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(November 9, 2012)

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it has elected four prominent business leaders to join its Board of Directors. The new directors start their three year term effective January 1, 2013. The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Board is composed of 50 members and provides strategic direction and sets policy for the 74 year old business organization.

The incoming directors will be filling the slots vacated by board members whose terms expired this year and represent a cross section of industries and companies with both a local, regional, and national presence. DeKalb Chamber President, Leonardo McClarty stated, “The DeKalb Chamber Board continues to grow and evolve. For the past few years we have brought on some of the most dynamic business leaders the DeKalb community has to offer. I look forward to working with this great group of people.”

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce will formerly introduce its new board members and recognize its outgoing members at its Annual Meeting & Legislative Reception slated for late January of 2013.

 

 

 

 

DeKalb Partners to Award Scholarships

DeKalb Partners to Award Scholarships

Applications to the Educational Scholarship Fund for High Schoolers are Being Accepted

By Patch Staff

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, in partnership with the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and the DeKalb County School District, has established the DeKalb County Educational Scholarship Fund for high school students.

The fund will award multiple scholarships in amounts up to $5,000 to DeKalb County School District high school seniors who have been accepted into a two- or four- year college or vocational training program in Georgia.

Scholarships will be awarded to students based on their financial need and merit. Students can apply for the scholarship now through April 19, 2013.

The application is available here.

Partnering with the School District, Chamber, and generous sponsors demonstrates our collective commitment towards investing in our greatest resource—the young men and women of DeKalb County.”said CEO Ellis.

Thousands of seniors are expected to graduate in May from DeKalb County public high schools, including Tucker High.

“We are fortunate in DeKalb County to have a community that recognizes how the strength of our students directly impacts the success of our economy… Pursuing post-secondary education just became a little easier for some of our students,” said Interim Superintendent Michael L. Thurmond.

A selection committee formed by the DeKalb Chamber will review the applications and the CEO, School Superintendent, and Chamber and will announce the awards at a May 14 ceremony for students, parents and sponsors.

Scholarships will be awarded each year to deserving students who apply and are selected to receive a scholarship. The money can be used to help pay for tuition, books and other school expenses.

From a press release by DeKalb County Government

Related Topics: DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, DeKalb County Educational Scholarship, DeKalb County School District, DeKalb schools, Michael Thurmond, Scholarships, Student Achievement, and Tucker High School

 

 

 

DeKalb Schools Will Be A 'National Model'

Thurmond Says DeKalb School System Will Be A ‘National Model’

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Business owners, community members and parents got reassurances last week about DeKalb County School District progress from interim Superintendent Michael Thurmond.

The event was a Leadership DeKalb and DeKalb Chamber Of Commerce breakfast at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, billed as the halfway mark in his 90-day progress toward a written plan of action.

Thurmond said he adopted “an asset-driven strategy,” in which a crisis offers opportunities.

“I look at the assets. Once you recognize them, problems pale in comparison,” he said.

He said the problems went beyond the accreditation probation the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools put the system on in December.

“The first thing we have to do is get our fiscal house in order. That’s a mandate regardless of SACS,” Thurmond said.

Although saying the system’s $750 million budget “is still a lot of money,” he hinted at a tax hike.

“There’s going to be no tax increase until we demonstrate to the public we are managing what we have,” Thurmond said.

He said parents like himself — and his own father — influence grades more than superintendents can.

“Daddy couldn’t read or write but he was present in the room,” Thurmond said. “I see us shoulder to shoulder, but you also have to be present.”

Perceptions of racial and north-south divides have gotten in the way of finding common ground, Thurmond said.

“We have to recognize that some of the dysfunction in the school board is really the dysfunction in the county,” he said, recalling a visit to Dunwoody that “politically, felt like 2,000 miles” from his home in Stone Mountain.

Thurmond ended on an upbeat note.

“In the future, DeKalb will be a national model,” he said.

Chamber member and Lithonia resident Greg Russell, whose son attends Arabia Mountain High School, said he felt “positive” about the question-and-answer session.

“I’ve heard him three times and each time, he’s like a minister. To me, his job is to inspire people to believe, because people have been down,” Russell said.

He said morale has been picking up at Parent Teacher Association meetings.

“The teachers are excited. They say, ‘He’s doing a good job, so far,’ because he’s coming out and talking with them,” Russell said. “So even though he can’t give them more money right now, he’s giving them better support.”

Russell said his main concern is accreditation.

“My son’s a junior,” he said. “Obviously it’s important to me.”

Read more: Neighbor Newspapers – Thurmond says DeKalb school system will be a ‘national model’