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College Park Wins Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 2nd Year in a row

College Park Wins Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 2nd Year in a row

College Park, GA--  (submitted by Gerald Walker)

For the second straight year the Government Finance Officers Association awarded the city of College Park the organization’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.  The award commends College Park for its budget preparation in the current fiscal year, a more challenging achievement. 

“The award represents a significant achievement by the City,” said Finance & Accounting Director Richard Chess.

Atlanta Fire Dept. Receives $9.8 Million Federal Grant

Atlanta Fire Dept. Receives $9.8 Million Federal Grant

Atlanta, GA--  Mayor Kasim Reed announced that the Atlanta Fire Department received a grant for $9.8M from the Dept. of homeland Security and FEMA.  The funds are part of S.A.F.E.R., which is an acronym which stands for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response.  The award provides for:

  • an increase in staffing and enhanced efficiencies on emergency incidents by providing four firefighters to staff each fire apparatus;
  • enhanced overall safety of citizens and firefighters; and,
  • reduced multiple fire station responses to emergency scenes, which include additional staffing and equipment for  2nd and 3rd Alarms.  

Councilmember Keisha Bottoms Teaches Financial Responsiblity to Atlanta Youth

Councilmember Keisha Bottoms Teaches Financial Responsiblity to Atlanta Youth

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by Dexter Chambers)  Atlanta City Councilmember Keisha Lance Bottoms is pleased to host a three-day course designed to teach Atlanta’s youth personal financial responsibility and money management skills that can last a lifetime.

The Youth Financial Literacy Program will equip youth with the necessary critical economic thinking tools needed for tomorrow’s economy.

The free program will be held on Saturdays from February 19 until March 5 at The Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA, 2220 Campbellton Road, S.W. For more information or to register call 404-330-6054 or 404-660-2461 or email kbottoms@atlantaga.gov Space is limited.

2 Public Hearings Scheduled regarding College Park Elementary Closure

2 Public Hearings Scheduled regarding College Park Elementary Closure

Atlanta, GA--  (Submitted by Susan Hale, Communications for Fulton Schools)

The Fulton County Board of Education will hold two public hearings in February to discuss the closure of College Park Elementary School in College Park. All parents and community members are welcome to attend and voice their concerns or submit written comments.

The hearings will be held Tuesday, February 15, at the Fulton County Schools Administrative Center (786 Cleveland Avenue SW, Atlanta) and Thursday, February 24, at Dunwoody Springs Elementary School (8100 Roberts Drive, Sandy Springs). Both hearings begin at 6 p.m. and will last 45 minutes.

The school board voted January 20 to move forward with the process of closing College Park at the end of the 2010-11 school year due to a steadily declining enrollment and renovations needed at the current building.

Fulton County School Board to Hold meetings at the State Capitol February 1st

Fulton County School Board to Hold meetings at the State Capitol February 1st

Atlanta, GA--  On February 1st, the Fulton County Board of Education will meet at the State Capitol for a discussion of board ethics and conflicts of interests within some of their policies.  Other agenda items include an update on the systems 2010-11 goals and the status on the Charter School System exploration processs which has just started.

The Board will break its meeting for a lunch with State Legislators and to discuss their current superintendent search.

NOTE: All meetings of the school board are open to the public unless designated as executive session where, by law, the board must convene in private to discuss land, legal or personnel items. Any vote resulting from executive session discussion, however, will occur in an open public setting.

Time Change for Fulton County Board of Assessors Meeting

Time Change for Fulton County Board of Assessors Meeting

Atlanta, GA--  According to an email we received from the Fulton County Government, "The Fulton County Board of Assessors will begin their bi-monthly meeting on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. instead of their usual meeting time of 12:30 p.m."

The meeting will continue to be held in the Board of Assessors Conference room in the FC Government Center located at 141 Pryor Street, suite 2052.  For more information you can always log on to www.fultonassessor.org

Meet Your Local Councilwoman Next Week at Town Hall Meeting

Meet Your Local Councilwoman Next Week at Town Hall Meeting

Atlanta, GA--  Next week, Thursday, residents of District 11 in SW Atlanta will have the chance to meet and greet their local councilwoman.  Atlanta City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms will host a District 11 Town Hall Meeting at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 3, 2011 at Ben Hill United Methodist Church, located at 2099 Fairburn Road, S.W.

Residents of that area will have the chance to discuss issues facing their neighborhoods and to relay their concerns. Councilwoman Bottoms said that, "Last year, we had over 400 attendees at the Town Hall meeting.  It is my hope that the community engagement and dialogue will continue this year.