Cheryl Atkinson

5:31 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Stakeholders React to DeKalb School Superintendent's Possible Resignation

The DeKalb school board adjourned a meeting this week because officials failed to give proper notice.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

Speculation continues over whether the DeKalb County school board is searching for a new leader for the district. That troubles some stakeholders who already had concerns about the board’s shaky history.

Rumors began late last week that DeKalb School Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson would soon resign. David Schutten, the president of the Organization of DeKalb Educators, said the news was disconcerting.

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4:33 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Developing: DeKalb Schools Superintendent Expected to Resign

DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson
Credit DeKalb County Schools

The DeKalb County School District could soon be searching for a new superintendent. 

Sources tell WABE that Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson is expected to resign her position and is negotiating an agreement with the DeKalb County School Board.

David Schutten, the president of the Organization of DeKalb Educators, says the school board has met in executive session every day this week.  

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11:36 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Former Teacher Accuses DeKalb Schools of Violating State's Open Records Act

A former Dunwoody High School employee has filed a lawsuit, accusing the DeKalb County Schools of violating the state’s Open Records Act.  The suit asks for access to Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson’s text messages. The district said it let 37 graduation coaches go last spring due to budget cuts, including Cynthia Gipson .  According to the lawsuit, Gipson received a “tip” that Dr. Atkinson’s text messages contained information related to her dismissal.

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4:05 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

DeKalb County schools search for solutions to budget issues

The Dekalb County school system is facing a budget shortfall of $73 million next year. To shore up the gap, Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson has proposed increasing the student-teacher ratio and boosting property taxes. 

The deficit is largely due to declining property tax revenues. But Dekalb Schools’ spokesman Walter Woods says it’s also the result of increased health care costs and more than $40 million in under-budgeted funds.

“This is hard, fixed costs like fuel and equipment, utilities, things we have to pay every year. Those costs keep going up,” says Woods. 

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