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Team from DeKalb schools to attend leadership workshop

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Team from DeKalb schools heads to leadership workshop. Team from DeKalb schools heads to leadership workshop.

A team from the DeKalb County school district will leave for a week-long leadership workshop at Harvard University Sunday morning.

The trip comes as the district works to get off probation by December.

The team includes the interim school superintendent, three school board members, three administrators and a parent. 

The goal is to sharpen their management skills and learn how to cooperate. Most importantly, district leaders said they want to identify how to get parents more involved in the district and their children's education.

"Students spend 80 percent of their time outside the classroom and so the one constant in a child's life is a parent or an adult guardian," said interim School Superintendent Michael Thurmond. "What we have to do is help our parents understand the 21st century educational system."

Thurmond said studies show the more parents are involved, the better students do in school.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) put the district on probation after identifying problems that include poor student achievement, shoddy bookkeeping and a lack of leadership.

A SACS report released Friday said the district is making progress.  The school system has until December to get off probation.

Thurmond said he was pleased by the report but cautiously optimistic.

"We're excited. We're encouraged," said Thurmond.  "But we still have a long way to go."

The trip to the workshop is being paid for by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and Harvard University.

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