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McMahan: School Board Must Have 'Unified Vision'

Jim McMahan and Marshall Orson will take over the DeKalb County Board of Education's districts two and four seats in January.

Incoming DeKalb County Board of Education member – and Tucker's District 4 representative – Jim McMahan said the board, moving forward, must have a unified vision to solve the school system's challenges.

This is from a Thursday story in Neighbors Newspapers:

One of the reasons he ran for the board position was that he was tired of the infighting.

“I want the board to have a single unified vision,” McMahan said. “I want the board to come together and be one supportive team.”

McMahan will take over for outgoing school board veteran H. Paul Womack.

McMahan said he believes one of the biggest issues the school system faces is balancing its budget.

He said he hopes his experience in the financial industry, as a residential mortgage loan officer, will serve to help the board.

He also feels he is qualified for his new position because he has been heavily involved in the school system, local school councils and parent teacher associations. McMahan is the father of a fifth grader at Sagamore Hills Elementary School and a seventh grader at Henderson Middle School.

Read the story for more information, particularly on Marshall Orson, who will take the District 4 seat.

Cheryl Miller November 19, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I think you have the District numbers mixed up, don't you?
Cheryl Miller November 19, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Tucker (and McMahan) is District 4, although he was previously District 2 but the final maps drew a line of distinction. Orson was Dist. 2, unseating McChesney. And, remember Dist 6 is a returning board member since Tom Bowen did not choose to run. I wouldn't be surprised to see him vying for the charter school commission along with Womack if the lawsuit over the ballot wording is ever settled in our lifetime.
Bob Peppel November 19, 2012 at 02:12 AM
I think the biggest problem is integrity. Everyday there seems to be another story about fiscal problems and money wasted or misspent. How do we fix that and quit wasting our tax money. We probably wouldn't need Splost if we could fix the hemhorrage.

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