Watch Paul Womack in the January, 2010 video above as he ardently defends giving Dr. Lewis a raise, while cutting the pay of our teachers, calling it “what’s best for this county and for the kids”. His audacious attitude in the video highlights his blatant disregard for teachers as well as taxpayers.
So many bad decisions and actions this board has taken can trace their roots back to Paul Womack. These include:
- Fighting to keep Crawford Lewis (arraigned on RICO charges).
- Refusing to accept that Lewis was corrupt and bankrupting the system.
- Not recognizing serious issues with the budget while serving on the Finance Committee.
- Defending Marcus Turk even as the school system plunged into insolvency.
- Wasting untold time, energy and money trying to push a military academy into a tiny little elementary school with only 18 classrooms.
- Pushing out the high needs special ed program that was already there and eventually leaving a vacant building in his own community.
- Pushing through the fiasco cell tower contract with T-Mobile; refusing to listen to the communities’ concerns.
- Flipping his vote at the last minute to go along with hiring Atkinson; giving Tom Bowen the six votes he wanted to hire a superintendent.
Womack has done nothing but publicly criticize this blog since its inception, including ignoring our published and documented concerns about Atkinson’s [lack of] qualifications. Yet, he used, without permission, DSW’s copyrighted masthead and a quote from our copyrighted blog in his recent political campaign mailer, although he had previously not acted on the data we sent him on the subject.
Although we did say that we think Womack is correct in his assertion that the cuts mandated by the board for the 2011-12 school year were not implemented by staff, we still cannot endorse his future service on the board. Jim Redovian thinks Womack should stay in order to keep Gene Walker in check. We don’t see that happening. We think it’s time to move beyond the old-guard politics and simply elect some thoughtful, discerning people with integrity and a true desire to serve the children of this county – all of them. It is critical that we somehow cobble together a board that works together and spends the taxpayers dollars wisely across the county in the best interest of ALL the children in DeKalb – not just squabbling to ‘get theirs’ for their district. This isn’t Congress.
Womack is up for reelection this week. Please replace him with Jim McMahan, a team player who understands DeKalb School System and who truly wishes to equitably move this school system forward – for the good of every child.