Jim McMahan Elected Vice-Chair of School Board

For the second time this week, the board was unable to pick a new chairman.

The embattled DeKalb Board of Education has a new vice-chair as of Wednesday, but the position of chairman remains up in the air.

Jim McMahan, who joined the board a month ago as District 4 (Tucker) representative, was voted in this morning as vice-chair. Eugene Walker, however, will remain as chairman at least for the next 30 days - or until the next meeting - because no candidate received the five votes needed to win the post.

Not only was there lack of concensus, but the board struggled with the voting process itself and seemed confused as to which rules were applicable.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools currently has the district under probation after finding the board guilty of mishandling funds and poor management.

H.A. Hurley February 07, 2013 at 04:29 PM
OMG! Continued REMEDIAL DCS BOE continues. Have they not learned anything during their tenure on the board? Pitiful! Please add more competent (IQ points) to the board quickly. Let some of the 'snoozers' cheat off everybody's papers and get the job done. DCS is negatively impacting the treatment of educators all over the US. It was bad enough, but with Clayton CS, APS and DCS... educators have little chance to shake the image so many legislators and corporate Big$$ have and act on. Gates/Rhee/Obama/Duncan/Pearce/Walmart and many more capitalize on such incompetent poster children as our DCS board members and administrators. Please take some of them skiing to Wyoming on a one-way ticket. I'll even pay for it. We have work to do and they are stopping us from saving our schools.
Cheryl Miller February 07, 2013 at 05:43 PM
District 4 should really say Lakeside/Tucker as there has been a definite Inside vs. Outside the perimeter bias with our representation in the past. Let's hope McMahan will not forget about the Tucker end of his district since we pay our taxes just like everyone else does. I am hoping someone did their math correctly when they okayed the recent redistricting changes that allowed Idlewood to be removed from the Tucker cluster, but did not allow Evansdale to be added. That's a few hundered local kids that will no longer be destined for Tucker High, so where will they come from? And, glad that Livsey was able to remain open, but for how much longer? They are always on the target list for closure even when they are a high performing program. I am starting to think that there are truly no "good" schools left for us to send our kids because as soon as we find one, DCSD wants to close it down.
ND February 07, 2013 at 08:38 PM
You're right...clean out the house.!
Jimmy Bridges February 07, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Really? No good schools? How about Midvale? They only won the academic bowl last year for the county beating the likes of Kitteridge......No good schools? Hello.
Bob Peppel February 08, 2013 at 06:00 PM
I don't think the governor can remove the school board soon enough.
Marla Kelly February 18, 2013 at 04:55 PM
To those of you instigating and agitating to take over the Dekalb County School Board, please recogize that an election took place which should be respected. You did not have enough votes to run the school board. When you are in a minority you have to accept that you cannot always have your way. We have new members of the board as well as a new superintendent; if indeed the children's welfare is motivating you to keep up this attack on the elected school board then at least back off long enough to give them a chance to work together. All board's have disagreements especially when those in the minority insist on having their way. Please consider the children of Dekalb County. I doubt there is a precedent for a Governor to remove an elected school board, and certainly not for the flimsy rationale being presented. It is also difficult to believe that SACS is anything but completely capricious in their actions. It is all of you who are attacking the elected school board that are problematic for the children of Dekalb County. The Board and superiendentent are having to be distracted by all of your shenanigans while they could be making decisions in the interest of our youth. Please reconsider your actions.
Bob Peppel February 18, 2013 at 08:45 PM
The experience in Clayton County was not the best but at least it sends a message to the board that maybe they need to do something differently. If some of the things that have been written are true about using the school staff as personal servants, they need to be replaced because I don't think they'll ever allow the whole board to select a superintendent strong enough to resist them.


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