Gov. Deal Suspends Six DeKalb School Board Members

Jim McMahan, who represents several Tucker schools, is unaffected by Monday afternoon's announcement.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that he is signing an executive order that accepts the State Board of Education's recommendation that six DeKalb school board members be removed.

Deal made the announcement Monday afternoon during a press conference at the state capitol.

Prior to the announcement, Deal huddled with members of the DeKalb legislative delegation for several minutes.

Deal has also appointed a nominating committee to recommend new members of the school board, composed of Keith Mason, a current member of the State Board of Education and who will chair the committee; Jim Bostick, a former member of the state board of education; Sadie Denard, a member of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce; Alicia Phillip, president of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta; and Garry McGiboney, also a member of the state board of education.

After a 14-plus-hour meeting this past Thursday, the State Board of Education voted to recommend that Deal remove six members of the DeKalb school board.

The board voted unanimously to recommend that Sarah Copelin-Wood, Donna Edler, Eugene Walker, Jay Cunningham, Nancy Jester and Pamela Speaks be removed from the DeKalb school board.

However, in a legal move late Friday afternoon, the school board filed an emergency motion in federal court, hoping to stop the governor from taking any action.

Over the weekend, a federal judge issued a restraining order that prevents the suspension of six DeKalb school board officials by Gov. Nathan Deal. The order does not prevent Deal from suspending the school board members, but does prohibit their actual suspension until a hearing is convened on Friday.

See Also:

Judge Grants Restraining Order Against Suspension of DeKalb School Board

School Board Files Emergency Motion Motion to Stop Possible Suspension

Replay Patch's Live Coverage of the State Board of Education Hearing With the DeKalb School Board

Alison Dealy February 25, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Please do not fall prey to the favors and nepotism that plague our county. We are happy to have Superindent Thurmond providing his agenda is true to the needs of the students, and that his intentions are for honest accountability and academic acheovement. There are many issues we face as a county, but in order to get to the business of education, we will need to cull out the staff that has been kept on too long, despite complaints, or who remain in the system because of favors and friendships. This is about education, not favoritism or titles, or positions of title and gross salaries. Only our students are suffering under the current conditions while the board continues to engage in studies, lengthy meetings, surveys and town hall gatherings that lead to very little in the way of accomplishment, and nothing in terms of actual education, and preparation for college. Dekalb should be embarrassed of their gross negligence in accounting and academic acheovement. Bon courage Governor Deal. Community resident and parent, Alison Dealy
Jerome Masters February 27, 2013 at 11:53 PM
So Alison do you think there is a chance for a person not of color to replace INTEREM Thurmond ex LABOR comm.


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