WHEREAS, Crawford Lewis, the former DeKalb School Superintendent, is on criminal trial for allegedly participating in a conspiracy to defraud the DeKalb County School District, and
WHEREAS, Crawford Lewis, by state law, receives up to $100,000 in legal expenses for his defense in this case, and
WHEREAS, the DeKalb County School District Board of Education voted to lift the $100,000 cap on the legal expenses for Crawford Lewis, and
WHEREAS, the DeKalb County School District Board of Education took this action after discussions in executive session and did not allow public input on the issue, and
WHEREAS, the DeKalb County School District is currently involved in a civil lawsuit with cost currently amounting to more than $30 million, and
WHEREAS, the current DeKalb Superintendent – Cheryl Atkinson – recently informed a DeKalb County grand jury that mounting legal fees will require the DeKalb School District to spend $6 million more than anticipated this year, and
WHEREAS, state budget cuts to education funding continue to put a strain on the DeKalb School District,
THEREFORE, we the undersigned citizens/taxpayers of DeKalb County, demand that the DeKalb County School District Board of Education REVERSE its decision to waive the $100,000 liability cap for Crawford Lewis’ defense against charges of bribery and racketeering.
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