Inside Top gun PDK charter flights raising eyebrows community 4
Trigger happy Media needs restraint over school shootings commentary 7
sept. 6 — sept. 19, 2013 • vol. 7 — NO. 18
Almost her turn New charter school
Name game How some local roadways got their monikers
By Dan Whisenhunt
The founders of a charter school in Buckhead are publically thanking Atlanta Board of Education Member Nancy Meister, District 4, for securing approval and funding for the school. Atlanta Classical Academy Launch Team Chairman Matthew Kirby said Meister was the main reason the BOE unanimously approved the charter on Aug. 12, despite a recommendation from Superintendent Erroll Davis to deny the charter petition. “Thanks in large part to the leadership of District 4 Representative Nancy Meister, the board prioritized the benefits of school choice and our high-quality school plan,” Kirby said in an email. “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with APS to create a high performance organization that will be great for kids, for families, and for Atlanta.” The thank you comes as Meister seeks re-election to the District 4 seat. She faces opposition from Taryn Chilivis
First person WWII veterans have stories to share around town 10
Dream teens Youngsters are ‘backbone’ of YMCA making a difference 14
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Forum focuses on school finances By Dan Whisenhunt
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Catie Carson, a member of The Galloway School’s girls’ softball team, waits to bat during a game against Paideia School on Sept. 3. The Paideia Pythons beat the Galloway Scots 15-8, at the NYO “Field of Dreams” stadium at Chastain Park in Buckhead.
North Atlanta Parents for Public Schools invited the public to Bolton Academy on Aug. 28 to meet candidates for the Atlanta Board of Education, and the room was full of potential contenders. Candidates for Seat 8 At-Large, and Districts 3, 4 and 5 spoke. Blogger Robert Stockwell was the moderator, and his questions focused on school finances and the selection of a new superintendent. Buckhead residents are primarily affected by District 4 and Seat 8 races. The District 4 race heated up in recent weeks with the announcement of a challenger to incumbent Nancy Meister. Taryn Chilivis Bowman has launched an aggressive campaign for the seat. see atlanta, page 19
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