It won’t be long before kids once again are flooding the halls of local schools. Reporter Newspapers asked DeKalb County Schools spokesman Walter Woods for an update on what’s been going on around DeKalb schools during summer break.

Q. Which Brookhaven and Dunwoody schools will be starting the school year with new principals?

A. Chestnut Elementary – Veronica Williams; Dunwoody Elementary – Jennifer Sanders; Dunwoody High – Noel Maloof; Vanderlyn Elementary – Tracey Crenshaw; Woodward Elementary – Melanie Pearch.

First days of school

Here are the dates local schools start classes this year:

DeKalb County Public Schools – Monday, Aug. 13

Marist School – Wednesday, Aug. 22

St. Pius X Catholic High – Friday, Aug. 10

St. Martins Episcopal School—Thursday, Aug. 23

Q. DeKalb County Schools has shuffled several principals to different schools within the county. Is the school district hoping to see any improvements this year with the changes?

A. One of the district’s core goals as outlined in our five-year strategic plan is excellence in leadership and personnel. The district is committed to having a leader in every principal’s office and every classroom. This is an ongoing process as we strive to have the right leaders in place to improve student success.

Q. What is the status of the construction at Chamblee High School?

A. We are pleased to report that construction at Chamblee Charter High School is on schedule as planned.

The school district and the general contractor provide construction updates and photos to the Construction Project Advisory Council representative, David Trench, on a bi-weekly basis.

This information is available on the Chamblee High School construction website: