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Dunwoody Reporter


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MARCH 8 — MARCH 21, 2013 • VOL. 4 — NO. 5

Braving the chilly weather

out of focus residents vent over DeKalb school system

music in the park this summer? maybe BY JOE EARLE

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There will be music on some summer evenings in Dunwoody this year. The question now is, just how many? Dunwoody city officials and officers of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association both recently debated whether to put together a series of free concerts in Brook Run Park. But neither group formally committed to going on with the shows. “There’s a lot of interest in it,” DHA president Stacey Harris said. “We just have to get it right.” Meanwhile, the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce plans a series of four summer evening events that will feature musical performances. And the Dunwoody Nature Center will host six outdoor concerts on Saturday nights this spring, summer and fall, executive director Alan Mothner told members of the DHA board. The chamber events, called “Dunwoody at Dusk,” are intended to lure peo-

Wither winter? Searching for spring along Chattahoochee river aRouND toWN 9

Crafting calm Creative therapy helps trauma victims maKiNg a DiffeReNCe 10

Rifles, riots Experience home life, battle lines during Civil War out & aBout 14

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Summer Camps

New parent group monitors DeKalb schools

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Austin Elementary School Principal Ann Culbreath, right, walks with students Erin Howe, left, Elise Kelly, right, Noelle Chatigny, second row, left, and Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Loner, at center, while they participate in “Walk to School Day” on March 6.

Hundreds of Dunwoody parents filled a church auditorium one recent Sunday afternoon to discuss how best to deal with the issues facing the county’s schools. “The way it is now doesn’t work,” parent Lindsay Ballow said after the gathering at Kingswood United Methodist Church in Dunwoody. “We have to do something.” DeKalb school officials confront a number of problems, including the loss of the system’s accreditation. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the accrediting agency generally called SACS, criticized the board for the way it runs the system and put the system on probation. Parents fear that if SACS eventually revokes the system’s accreditation, the action could have an effect on CoNtiNueD oN Page 26

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