School buses are back on the streets of DeKalb County and Atlanta. On Aug. 8, thousands of pupils in the two districts returned to school for the first day of the 2011-12 school year.

In Dunwoody, scores of parents of Austin Elementary School students walked their new pupils to school. Austin Principal Elizabeth Ogletree helped direct students to their new rooms. At Dunwoody High School, students returned to newly renovated facilities.

Some students seemed divided on whether the first day of school is a good thing. Haley Gilliam, 9, who was walking to school with her sister, Audrey, 7, and mom, Kim, indicated she was eager to return to class. “I miss my friends,” she said.

But Rhys Pollard, 6, wasn’t ready to give up on summer vacation. “I don’t like school,” he said. “Summer’s fun.”

In Brookhaven, Cross Keys High School was to open with a new principal, Dr. Tasharah Wilson.

Buckhead’s E. Rivers Elementary also featured a new principal, Sabrina Hayes. She replaces former Principal David White. In July, school officials announced White was moving to a job a role as executive director of one of the system’s four school reform teams.

Schools in Sandy Springs open on Aug. 15.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of