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Ga. Shakespeare partners with 3 universities

Ga. Shakespeare partners with 3 universities

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- Georgia Shakespeare, the Oglethorpe University-based theater group, recently announced a partnership with three other north Georgia schools.

The new alliance includes Kennesaw State University and the two schools that make up the Gainesville Theatre Alliance -- Brenau University and the University of North Georgia.

"In 2012, we took a hard look at our operating model and decided that, in order to become truly sustainable, we needed to capitalize on our unique strengths," Georgia Shakespeare managing director Lauren Morris said in a statement.

Georgia Shakespeare will use the new partnership to play up those strengths, including bringing classic stories to life in a modern, relatable way. The newly added universities will also help the company increase ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities, and allow budding performers at the schools to explore the inner workings of a professional theater company.

Oglethorpe museum hosting Japanese art exhibit

Oglethorpe museum hosting Japanese art exhibit

ATLANTA -- The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art is set to host an exhibition featuring Japanese color woodcuts and porcelain works of art.

The exhibition titled "Jiki to Hanga: Japanese Porcelain and Prints" is scheduled to open May 12 and will run through Aug. 25.

Elizabeth Peterson, the museum's director says the exhibit is inspired by collectors who are looking to support the arts in metro Atlanta and at Oglethorpe University.

The museum is also hosting a lecture series in conjunction with the exhibition on Wednesday evening between June 12 and July 24.

Museum admission is $5. Children under 12 receive free admission.

Learn more at museum.oglethorpe.edu.

14 DeKalb schools go wireless

14 DeKalb schools go wireless

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County School District hopes to make all of its schools and centers wireless by the end of the year.

So far, 14 schools are completed, thanks to a SPLOST-funded technology project.

"We are pleased with the results so far of our aggressive technology plan," DeKalb Schools Chief Information Officer Gary Brantley said in a statement. "With their vote in support of SPLOST, the citizens of DeKalb County made a sound investment in their children's schools. Through this program, our students will learn in 21st century environments that reflect our changing needs."

As of Wednesday, DeKalb's wireless schools include Cedar Grove High, Chamblee Middle, Clarkston High, Coralwood School, International Student Center, Kittredge Magnet School, Lithonia High, Lithonia Middle, Margaret Harris Comprehensive School, Miller Grove High, Peachtree Charter Middle, Redan Middle, Tucker Middle and Warren Technical School.

DeKalb music official in running to lead FAMU marching band

DeKalb music official in running to lead FAMU marching band

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A DeKalb County Schools official is in the running to lead the famed marching band at Florida A&M University.

University officials say the search committee will meet Monday with two candidates for director of the Marching 100.

The two candidates are former Ohio University music professor Sylvester Young and Don Roberts, who is the instrumental music coordinator for DeKalb Schools.

In January, FAMU officials said they were starting over in their search for a new band director. They had planned to appoint Jorim Reid of North Carolina Central University, but they said Reid and the university disagreed over the duties of the band director.

The university changed the job following the hazing-related death of drum major Robert Champion.

Judge lets DeKalb school district drop from lawsuit

Judge lets DeKalb school district drop from lawsuit

ATLANTA -- A federal judge has granted a request from the DeKalb County school district to allow it to withdraw from a lawsuit against the state.

Last week, the district said it wished to withdraw, but that former board chairman Eugene Walker intends to continue the challenge.

The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of a law that allowed the governor to suspend six members of the nine-member school board after an accreditation agency put the district on probation.

36 DeKalb students qualify for Governor's Honors

36 DeKalb students qualify for Governor's Honors

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Thirty-six students at seven DeKalb County high schools have been selected to participate in this year's Governor's Honors Program.

The prestigious summer program gives talented high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to spend four weeks studying in areas in which they excel.

Governor's Honors is extremely selective. Students must undergo a series of applications and interviews to qualify.

"GHP is such a competitive program that even being nominated is an accomplishment," program director Dale Lyles said in a statement. "I congratulate the students of DeKalb County School District and look forward to meeting them and their parents in June."

DeKalb County's Governor's Honors students include:

Arabia Mountain HS
* Amera Dixon, chemistry

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.