“We all know the election of four members of the DeKalb School Board is imminent. For those that respect my opinion this is for you, for those that don’t, I would ask you just digest it. It is only an opinion, but one from someone who has been there. I believe the easiest decision is a vote for Pam Speaks, she has the ability to work with everyone, and in the two years we worked together on the board, I never experienced her to have an agenda on any of her decisions. Her years of experience in the system brings with it much insight and knowledge. As a board member she weighs each decision and votes her conscience.”
“Paul Womack is Paul Womack and that will never change. My problem is that those running against him do not seem to have any idea what the school board challenge is and what they will be up against. Paul’s experience plus his many contacts across the State brings a lot to the table. If for no other reason we need Paul to keep Dr. Gene on his toes. You may laugh at that, however it is important.”**
“Don McChesney would be my choice in his district. I know Don and I know his decisions are based on the good of the system. He and I don’t always agree, but Don sticks to what he believes in and is willing to risk his seat to do the right thing. Although Marshall Orson is a friend, it worries me that his agenda is too self-centered for him to do the job that needs to be done. I was very concerned at the way he handled the Fernbank battle, especially the way he instructed his people, to do all they could to take over the community meetings. This is not the kind of thinking that will get the job done, dealing with eight other strong will individuals. It scares me that he would be willing to sell out to other board members to get what he wants for his local needs, as much as it sounds good for his constituents it is not what our system needs at this time. I truly think his desire is to get Joe Martin elected to the Georgia State School Board and work with him in some capacity there. I think he would be very effective in that role.”
“As far as Tom Bowen’s district I don’t know much about those running, except for Melvin Johnson. I don’t know much about Mr. Johnson, except he comes from the upper levels of the school system and carries the same baggage as those we so much do not trust. I am not saying that he would not make a good School Board member, I just hope the voters in his district do there due diligence before they vote.”
“So there it is, will this solve all the problems, of course not. I am on record as saying we in DeKalb must look at ways to get more local control in our area schools and will continue to look for ways to get that done. However, what we have is what we have, and we must deal in that realm until we can move to a better system.”
Jim Redovian is the former District 1 board rep on the DeKalb County School Board. He has been very vocal and critical about the sheer size of the system along with the nepotism in the system, leading reporter Wendy Saltzman to interview board reps on the subject resulting in former board rep Zepora Roberts threatening to slug the reporter.
View that report here.
Jim, along with his wife Sherrill also created the Tim Redovian Memorial Fund in memory of their Tim, supporting the arts and giving away hundreds of scholarships to young people in DeKalb.