Go to our FILES under the FACTS & SOURCES tab and download the latest Grand Jury presentment. Now read the part about Dr. Atkinson and the DeKalb School board. Now close your mouth.
Some highlights (or perhaps lowlights would be a better description):
- Gene Walker stated that the board inherited problems created by others.
- He stated the mission of the school system as, “To be the premier urban school system in the nation, preparing our students to be better citizens.” The Grand Jury didn’t think the board was putting all of its efforts and resources into reaching this goal.
- When polled as to whether they supported conducting a forensic audit, all voted yes except Gene Walker who didn’t feel it was necessary as the state audited the system and did not uncover anything of concern.
- When revealed that the board actually had voted for a forensic audit recently, and selected KPMG as auditor, none of the board members could really articulate any specific areas of concern or what the focal point should be – or even the cost of the audit.
- Shocking: Back when the board had the big debate over legal services and chose to split the business between Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan and Alexander & Associates, there was a third firm that had submitted a bid. That firm, Brock Clay, who specializes in education law, had a price that was $400,000 less than the other firms, yet they were not given the contract.
- Sarah Copelin-Wood stated that the board hired Alexander & Associates in order to to have a minority firm representing them, since they “understand the culture of the kids.”
We also learn that there is no system for reviewing the legal bills.
- And outrageously, the board broke their own policy and voted in favor of paying for Crawford Lewis’ defense.
Read it. And weep.