CITY NEWS: STATE OF DECATUR ADDRESS
Mayor Garrett address at DBA meeting By Anne Clarke Anne.Clarke@me.com The Decatur Business Association (DBA) hosted the annual State of the City Address on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Decatur Conference Center. Kyle Williams, president of the DBA introduced Mayor Patti Garrett who presented the City employee Service Awards before presenting her city address. Terra Brown, Cheryl Burnette, Gerald Knotts, William Woodruff and Willie Walker were recognized for 15 years of service. Andrea Arnold, Timothy Karolyi, Janet Kindelberger, Michael Nalley, and Tylas Stephens were recognized for 20 years of service. Lori Bell was recognized for 30 years of service. Glenda Lee was recognized for 35 years of service and Hugh Saxon was recognized for 40 years of service with the City of Decatur. Mayor Garrett then introduced Annie Caiola, who, as Board Chair for City of Decatur Schools (CSD), highlighted its progress starting with 96 percent graduation rate. There are a total of 5776 students is CSD Enrollment which is growth of 5.6 percent. Decatur High and Renfroe Middle have completed building phases and will showcase the new classrooms, cafeteria and media/entertainment rooms in the spring. The
Left: City of Decatur employees honored for 20 years of service. Right: Kyle Williams, President of the Decatur Business Association. (Photos by Anne Clarke) new Tally Street 3-5 Academy is scheduled to open in 2019. All of these construction projects are part of the $75 million bond voters approved in 2015. Caiola also expressed that Dr. Lillie Huddleston, who was hired as the Equity Director for CSD, is making strides in addressing the racial disparities in academic achievement. Mayor Garrett went on to highlight the achievements in the city from the bike
and walk-ability awards to the events, tree planting and construction projects. “I think we get’ur done in Dec’tur,” she laughingly stated with a play on words. She mentioned the first heated pool that is now open in Oakhurst, the two hybrid pedestrian beacons with a third to be installed on Scott Blvd., the public art Continued on page 7
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