City Promotes From Within To Fill Key Roles

From the City’s Communications Specialist Renae Madison…

Effective February 12, Russ Madison, current Revenue & Technology Director will become the Finance Director with responsibilities for leading and managing the revenue and accounting divisions of the Administrative Services Department, as well as continuing his responsibilities with technology.  Also, effective February 12, Meredith Roark, current Budget & Performance Measurement Director will become the City Clerk, incorporating her existing duties and taking over responsibilities for elections, records administration and other duties such as certifying documents.

“I am glad that we have internal talent who are able to step-up and assist the organization in making a transition” said City Manager Peggy Merriss, “I am confident that Russ and Meredith will do an excellent job.”

Russ Madison has been with the City for 10 years and has an associate’s degree in intelligence operations from Cochise College, a bachelor of arts in political science from Emory University, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Georgia. Meredith Roark has been with the City for 11 years and has a BBA in economics from the University of Georgia and an MS in public policy from Georgia Tech.

The City will soon be recruiting to fill a new Accountant position to complete the team in  the Finance Division of Administrative Services.

Photo courtesy of City of Decatur website

Decatur Schools Announce One Make Up Day

Got this note from our Elementary School this morning…

Last night, the board decided to only have us make up one day.  The teacher work day on March 12th will now be a regular school day. You will have the full February break (as of today).

Decatur Hometown Hero Needs Our Assistance!

A GoFundMe page has been created to help Decatur Hometown Hero Eli Dodson pay for his medical bills after spending time in the hospital for an infection back in December.

Here’s a full description of Eli’s situation posted on the GoFundMe page.  They are looking to raise $25,000 for Eli and contributions have already surpassed $10,000!

Our friend and neighbor, Eli Dodson, needs our help. “Mr. Eli,” as the neighborhood kids call him, has been in the hospital battling a life threatening infection since the week before Christmas. He has now pulled through and has been moved out of ICU and is slowly but steadily recovering. However, the percentage of the medical bills not covered by Eli’s insurance is growing by the day, and he is still in the hospital. Once he is able to come home, he will need home health care for several months. When he is stronger, he will need surgery with additional recovery time.

Eli has been a resident of Feld Avenue since 1987 and has seen his beloved Oakhurst neighborhood change and grow over three decades. He loves Decatur and his neighbors, old and new.

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City Schools of Decatur To Operate on 2-Hour Delay Friday

Here’s the skinny, from the CSD Facebook page

City Schools of Decatur schools and offices will operate on a two-hour delay tomorrow, Friday, January 19, 2018.

-Buses will run two hours later than a normal school day for morning pick-up. Add two hours to your usual morning bus pick-up time. For example, a usual 6:45 am bus pick-up will be at 8:45 am.

-Schools will begin two hours later than usual. For example, Decatur High School begins at 8:30 am, but tomorrow Decatur High School will start at 10:30 am.

-Staff start times will begin two hours later than usual. For example, 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue staff usually report at 7:15 am, but tomorrow they should report by 9:15 am.

-Dismissal times for all schools will remain on a normal schedule. All after-school procedures, events, and activities will remain the same as a normal school day. For example, Decatur High School normally dismisses at 3:30 pm and will still dismiss at 3:30 pm tomorrow.

-Afternoon bus routes will run at the usual times.

Decatur Schools Will Be Closed Thursday

In case you have yet to hear!  From the CSD Facebook page

City Schools of Decatur schools and offices will remain closed on Thursday, January 18, 2018, due to continued icy conditions and the forecast for dangerously cold wind chills. All scheduled events and activities are canceled.

At the January 23rd Board meeting, the Board will discuss the days missed this week and last week to decide on make up days. In case you missed the previous announcement, the three days missed following the mass power outages caused by the hurricane earlier this year will not be made up.

Decatur Schools Closed Tomorrow Due To Forecasted Icy Conditions

From CSD

Weather update from City Schools of Decatur- Out of an abundance of caution and awareness for the safety of our students and employees, City Schools of Decatur will be closed on Monday, January 8, 2018, due to potential icy road conditions. All scheduled after school activities and events are canceled for Monday, January 8.