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Dunwoody Reporter

March 22 — April 4, 2013 • vol. 4 — NO. 6

Crossing over Local lawmakers hurry to meet legislative deadlines community 4

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Jester writes Former DeKalb school board member discusses troubles commentary 8

Joyful voices Local clergy plan simple Easter sermons Faith 21

Standouts These students excel in sports, athletics and drama education 24

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From left, Max Marion, Hudson Fletcher and Jake Oliver, members of the Dunwoody Middle School baseball league, congratulate each other after beating Greater Atlanta Christian School, 10-6 on March 9 in Dunwoody. More photos on page 23.

New school board faces ‘critical’ year By Joe Earle

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Council struggling over ethics ordinance rewrite By Joe Earle

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. Coleman and his fellow appointees replace board members Deal suspended from office after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, an accrediting agency, put the district’s accreditation on probation. The agency criticized the board for meddling improperly in school affairs and for financial mismanagement.

Debate over efforts to rewrite the city’s ethics complaint procedures came to a sudden stop during the May 11 City Council meeting. “The city ethics ordinance is too important to rush through this process,” Councilwoman Adrian Bonser told other council members about the proposed rewrite of the ethics ordinance. “We need to get this right.” On Jan. 14, the council approved a 90-day moratorium on acceptance of ethics complaints while the city worked out a new pro-

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