According to a news article at CrossRoads News, Melvin Johnson has announced his candidacy for school board.
Retired DeKalb Deputy School Superintendent Melvin Johnson is seeking the District 6 seat being vacated by School Board Vice Chairman Thomas Bowen, who has said he will seek the District 4 seat on the DeKalb Board of Commissioners.
Johnson, a longtime resident of Stone Mountain, announced April 17 that he will qualify for the July 31 primary.
He has more than 37 years of experience in education, rising up from a classroom teacher to assistant principal, principal, area superintendent, and deputy superintendent.
During his 18 years in system-wide leadership positions, Johnson said he got a clear understanding of school governance. He said if elected, he will collaborate with fellow board members and the superintendent to improve student achievement; increase fiscal and operational efficiencies; re-establish community trust; and promote a more harmonious, results-driven working relationship with the superintendent.
Dr. Edward L. Bouie*, who is chairing Johnson’s election committee, calls him “an outstanding educator” who understands the political process, necessary to develop and implement policies that will help all children rise to their highest levels of achievement.
Since his retirement from DeKalb County School System in 2004, Johnson has served on the Redan Parent Advisory Board, DeKalb Youth Leadership Academy Development Committee and YMCA Academies board of directors.**
Two of his four children are recent Redan High School graduates.
*Note the name of Melvin Johnson’s campaign manager: Voters may want to take heed of this “Old Guard” connection.
**Melvin Johnson is also highly involved with New Birth Church and sent the letter of agreement for the lease with DCSS for the Leadership Academy, a charter school house in the west wing of the church.