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Inside Temporary deal DeKalb agrees to provide some services to city COMMUNITY 2

Concerns linger As the city develops its first budget, worries resurface COMMUNITY 3

Brookhaven Reporter

MARCH 22 — APRIL 4, 2013 • VOL. 5 — NO. 6

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‘Critical’ year ahead for DeKalb schools’ board appointees

Jester writes Former DeKalb school official shares thoughts COMMENTARY 8


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John Coleman sees the next year as “critical” for DeKalb County’s schools. Coleman is one of six people appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal on March 13 to hold seats on the DeKalb school board, replacing board members Deal suspended after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accrediting agency put the district’s accreditation on probation and criticized its board for meddling in school affairs and mismanaging finances. “The next year is critical for accreditation,” said Coleman, 31, a Brookhaven resident with a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University. “Then, I think we need to address long-term issues.”

Clergy plan simple sermons of Easter celebration FAITH 21

Standouts Students excel in sports, athletics and drama EDUCATION 24, 25


Leaders introduced to concerns at Cross Keys forum BY MELISSA WEINMAN

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B.J. Kelly gives his daughter Lyla, 2, a bird’s eye view as they watch Lands Kelly, 4, being introduced during opening day ceremonies of spring baseball at Murphey Candler Park on March 8 in Brookhaven. More photos on page 23.

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At a civic forum at Cross Keys High School, officials from the city of Brookhaven assured residents they are working to improve living conditions and infrastructure around Buford Highway. During the March 19 forum, hosted by the Cross Keys Foundation, Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis, City Councilman Joe Gebbia, City Manager Marie Garrett and DeKalb Board of Education Representative Marshall Orson took questions from residents about the school system and the new city. One woman asked if people who live in apartment buildSEE LOCAL, PAGE 7

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