Do not just HOPE for change, VOTE for change!
Nearly a quarter of the DeKalb school board seats are contested in nonpartisan runoff races in District 4 and District 6. The runoff election is set for tomorrow, Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 7 AM – 7 PM. All normal polling places will be open.
In District 4, incumbent H. Paul Womack Jr. is challenged by independent Jim McMahan.
McMahan has support from the third- and fourth-place candidates in last month’s election, as well as an endorsement from DeKalb School Watch. McMahan, a residential loan originator, serves on school councils for the schools his children attend and on the DeKalb County Council of PTAs. His goal is transparency, with both the school board and DeKalb County School System being much more open and completely honest with the taxpayers.
Womack, a “retiree” who lives in a house valued by DeKalb County at $367,400, pays no school taxes, though he heads up the DCSS Finance Committee that makes decisions on how funds are spent – or misspent, as the case may be – and how much the rest of us will pay in the school tax portion of our property tax. Womack sent out a flyer that “fakes” support from DeKalb School Watch. DSW absolutely does NOT support Womack who is the source of many, many problems.
Retired DeKalb schools Deputy Superintendent Melvin Johnson, part of the DCSS “inner circle,” is running against independent Denise E. McGill in the 6th District.
McGill, who has worked in telecommunications project management and is currently a communications consultant, has a child in DeKalb schools. The former PTSA president and Girl Scout troop leader says she’s the grass-roots candidate, and is endorsed by the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, EduKalb (DeKalb Chamber of Commerce) and by DeKalb School Watch.
Johnson, whose children are grown, serves as CFO of the Leadership Preparatory Academy charter school, housed in New Birth Church. He was instrumental in obtaining a costly lease for Leadership Prep, in spite of the multiple vacant school facilities owned by DCSS and available rent-free, that is extremely advantageous to New Birth. Leadership Prep leases unspecified square footage for $122,050 per school year, plus maintenance/repairs [unspecified], gas, electric, telephone, security [unspecified] and insurance [unspecified]. A sweet deal for New Birth, not so much for DeKalb County Schools.
It Is Time for a Change — Please VOTE for Change (McMahan or McGill)!
Both Womack and Johnson have been part of the problems with DCSS – never part of the solutions. Their time has come and gone. They had their chance and blew it. If you live in District 4 or District 6, DeKalb School Watch urges you to VOTE tomorrow for Jim McMahan, District 4, or Denise McGill, District 6.
Remember – even if you did not vote in the primary, you may still vote tomorrow, Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 7AM – 7PM in your usual polling place.
Not sure where to vote? Need to confirm whether or not your polling place has changed? Check online here.
If you did vote in the primary and you voted Democratic, you will need to ask for a Democratic ballot tomorrow because there are a couple of Democratic races in the runoff. If you voted Republican or Non-partisan in the primary, ask for a Non-partisan ballot tomorrow.