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DeKalb hosts progress meeting with county and schools
by Christine Fonville
November 19, 2013 10:00 AM | 2925 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last Thursday evening, residents of DeKalb County came out to Agnes Scott College to hear city officials and school board members discuss the county’s plans for progress.

The event was hosted by the county’s government and school district and included dialogue from members of the board of education, board of commissioners and many others.

Topics discussed included how to improve the quality of life and the school system in the county in a collaborative way.

Zach Williams, executive assistant and chief operating officer for the county, spoke about DeKalb’s diversity and success so far.

“DeKalb County is home to over 700,000 residents with 30 percent having a bachelor’s degree or higher while 28,000 commercial enterprises involve DeKalb county homeowners,” he said.

Although the county is home to businesses like Cox Enterprises and well-known colleges like Emory University, Williams said the county still needs to “forge a better quality of life as a whole.”

In order to achieve this goal, he named six priorities for the county, including enhancing public safety, ensuring operational effectiveness, facilitating jobs and economic development, ensuring fiscal integrity, investing in employees and maintaining viable and sustainable neighborhoods and communities.

“All are critically important and as a county, our commodity is service,” Williams said. “We’re leveraging investment in public schools and creating fiscal savings.”

Members of the school system also shared their ideas and concerns for DeKalb schools.

“In [DeKalb] we are embracing a new and exciting direction,” said Assistant Superintendent Angela Pringle. “Elevating public education, improving quality and embracing a 21st century workforce are our commitments.”

She and other members of the school system discussed working together and what could be done to make DeKalb schools “more inviting.”

“We need to be collaborating and working together as an entire community, but we must find a way to make life better for our students through improving success and better communication,” Pringle said.

What's Next?
A district-wide Title l Parent Involvement Conference will be Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the DeKalb Administrative and Instructional Complex.

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