Author: Melissa Weinman

Atlanta Public Schools selects superintendent finalist

Atlanta Public Schools officials  have announced their pick to become the next superintendent. Meria Carstarphen was selected from a list of four candidates for the position.  Carstarphen currently serves as superintendent of the Austin Independent School District in Texas. She would replace current APS Superintendent Erroll Davis, who is scheduled to retire this summer.  The Atlanta Board of Education will vote on appointing Carstarphen as superintendent at an April 14 meeting. “Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen was our unanimous choice not just because of her impressive track record of success, but also because of the means by which she achieved these results,” said Atlanta Board of Education Chairman Courtney English in a news release.  “She has repeatedly united communities around a collective vision to achieve unprecedented and lasting academic excellence for students.” In the past, Carstarphen has served as the superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools in Minnesota. She has also held accountability positions for public school systems in the Washington, D.C., Tennessee and Ohio and taught in middle and elementary schools....

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Brookhaven Council votes to join ChatComm

Brookhaven City Council has voted to join the private 911 authority known as ChatComm. Brookhaven’s police chief and city manager recommended the move at a March 25 meeting, saying it would improve police response times and improve safety for police officers. The council voted 3-1 to approve an agreement with ChatComm. Councilman Jim Eyre voted against it because he felt potential delays in transferring fire and emergency calls needed more consideration. “I don’t know that we have fully vetted the issues,” Eyre said. “While they are the minority of calls, they are the most life threatening.” Currently, DeKalb County dispatches Brookhaven’s emergency calls. Brookhaven will become the fourth city to join the Chattahoochee River 911 Authority, or ChatComm, which is owned by Sandy Springs and Johns Creek and operated by iXP Corporation. The city of Dunwoody uses the 911 authority as well.      ...

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Brookhaven officials moving to new city hall … in Brookhaven

For the first time in its short history, Brookhaven will have a city hall located in the city of Brookhaven. The city has leased a three-story building at 4362 Peachtree Road which will house city departments, offices and city council chambers. The new city hall building will be open to the public on March 31. City officials are moving out of the temporary city hall, located in rented office space in the city of Dunwoody, which has been used since the city incorporated in 2012. “I think the public is going to be very excited about what we’re doing with the space. The building is centrally located, which was very important to us,” City Manager Marie Garrett said. The city of Brookhaven will use all three floors of the 24,000-square-foot building, which was previously occupied by Georgia State University. Garrett said the city and the owner are looking to split the $600,000 cost of tenant improvements needed to suit the building to the city’s needs, such as constructing chambers for City Council meetings. No agreement has been finalized yet. “The cost associated with the building is being priced out right now,” Garrett said. The city has a five-year lease on the building, with the option for one-year annual renewals. Garrett said all city staff will temporarily work out of the basement of the building while renovation work is being...

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