The runoff results are in and Jim McMahan has beat Paul Womack to take the District 4 seat on the school board — with 65% of the votes no less!
Congrats Jim! We look forward to your thoughtful decision-making and voice of reason. Like Nancy Jester, Jim has ‘dogs’ in this fight – his children all attend DeKalb county public schools. He knows what he’s dealing with and he has a sense of urgency for improvement! He can hit the ground running!
That said, our favorite in District 6, Denise McGill unfortunately lost to longtime school system administrator, now retired, Melvin Johnson. Although we rooted hard for Denise, also a mother of current students and a very active PTA officer, we hope that Mr. Johnson will bring honest insight to the board and will work for improvement. Denise fought a solid, smart campaign and we have come to really respect and admire her character. And we are certain that Denise will continue her valuable, hard work in the schools that she serves.
All the best to everyone! With three new members on the board (Marshall Orson beat incumbent Don McChesney in District 2 in the primary), some things will change come January. But for now, we will have the same board hashing out the issues for the next several months. We will be paying close attention to our current board’s actions as well as our future board member’s comments on the issues, but very much look forward to the changes on the horizon!