Back to School 2015: Events and Sales Tax Holiday

Posted by Dena Mellick July 30, 2015
A city schools of Decatur bus. Photo from CSD Facebook page.

A city schools of Decatur bus. Photo from CSD Facebook page.

It’s time to go back to school, also known as “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” for parents, according to that old Staples commercial. City Schools of Decatur start back Monday, August 3, while Atlanta Public Schools begin Wednesday, August 5. DeKalb County students are back in school Monday, August 10.

Here’s the lowdown on starting the school year:

City Schools of Decatur (CSD)

Decatur Police are reminding people to “slow your roll” and give yourself a little extra time once school starts back Monday, August 3. Lt. Jennifer Ross sent a reminder: “Reduced speeds for school zones are indicated by either flashing lights and/or signage with the times for the school zone posted. Flashing lights are not required or posted for every school zone. You must also obey the times indicated by signage posted for school zones.”

CSD also wants to see your first day of school photos; you can share them by:

  • Emailing pictures to
  • Sending pictures through Facebook message to City Schools of Decatur
  • Using #CSDFirstDay on Facebook

There are two new CSD principals this year. Decatur High School assistant principal Arlethea Williams succeeds Noel Maloof, who was promoted to Chief Operating Officer for CSD. Johnathan Clark, an Avondale Estates resident, is Renfroe Middle School’s new principal.


Avondale Estates

The Friends of Avondale Elementary School is sponsoring a school supply drive for students through Friday, September 4. A city email requests dropping off supplies at the following locations:

  • City Hall, 21 North Avondale Plaza, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Avondale Elementary School, 8 Lakeshore Drive, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • Icing Cake Design and Sweets Boutique, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (closed July 21-27 for summer vacation)
  • Patti Ghezzi’s home, 3140 Wynn Drive (look for the bin under the carport)

The following items are needed: copy paper, pencils, composition notebooks, file folders, pocket folders, three-ring pocket folders, hand sanitizer, tissues and tennis balls for chair legs. For information, email Patti Ghezzi.

DeKalb County Schools

A new school year, a new school superintendent. Dr. R. Stephen Green will be visiting a few of DeKalb County’s 137 schools on the first day of classes, Monday, August 10. DeKalb County says his goals include creating a clergy roundtable of faith-based leaders in the district to be a clearinghouse of ideas and collaboration for students.


Kirkwood’s Fred Armon Toomer Elementary will also have a new leader this year. Atlanta Public Schools selected Ashley Adamo, Assistant Principal at Springdale Park Elementary, to replace Nicole Evans Jones. Jones is leaving to work at Drew Charter School in East Lake as the school’s Director of Talent.

Sales Tax Holiday, July 31-August 1

Just in time for your back-to-school shopping, Georgia’s sales tax holiday is on Friday and Saturday. School supplies, clothing, and computers will all be sales tax free. But there are limits – be sure to check the state’s list so you know what is tax free.

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