By Mary Swint For The Crier —
At a press conference at the courthouse last week, the DeKalb County school board acknowledged there were leaks during the superintendent search that lasted from February 2010 to August 2011 and announced new guidelines in response to a DeKalb grand jury’s request for further investigation into leaks and hiring practices.
“After a thorough and extensive review of the facts, I have found that no laws have been broken regarding the spending of SPLOST dollars,” District Attorney Robert James said. “However, we have identified presumed practices that must change in regards to the school system’s board members improperly attempting to influence personnel decisions and leaking confidential information which compromised the recent national search for a superintendent. These actions were against board policy and hindered the process in securing a new superintendent in a timely manner.”
James said he had discussed with school officials over the last two months new safeguards to prevent “obstruction and appearance of inappropriate board engagement“ related to personnel issues, leaking information, and “double dipping.”
James said he decided not to seek a special grand jury at this time but the school board will have to report to the grand jury every two months on its progress and the district attorney always has the option to call a special grand jury investigation later.