Interim superintendent will try to avoid state hearing

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  1. ker1104 says:

    I saw this. Was this the only answer to my email?

    Karen

  2. Miss Management says:

    Was looking at the new super’s contract which is posted on the first page of the DCSS web site. His base salary is $275,000 annually, which will be paid in 12 monthly payments. And, they (DCSD BOE) fell for the monthly expense of $2,600–non receipted expenses each month. And, he can get a $750 check per month–if he drives his own car! So, if you add his base salary of $275.000 plus the monthly expenses of $31,000 and the auto allowance of $9,000 it comes to $315,200 a year. And, he can take vacation and make money making speeches. And, has other benefits–as listed–insurance, TRS, etc. Since I assume that he lives in DeKalb County, his commute shouldn’t be that bad. So, if I were he, I would drive my own car to work and come out like a bandit! And, people are wondering why he took the job? If you look at the money by the month, his “take” is $26,166 which is higher than many of the paraprofessionals yearly salary! Oh, and we continue to pay Ramona and Cheryl, too!

    My head is starting to hurt.

  3. insider1.0 says:

    Nothing about children? Just cashing your chips to save the board? Seriously? ?????????

  4. Betsy Parks says:

    A dysfunctional, power grabbing BOE who has failed to adopt and provide an ethics policy as required by law hires a new Superintendent or overpriced spokesperson for the DKBOE? Just so very unprofessional and cheep but not inexpensive. DSW2 reports we are already on hook for $10,500,000 for legal bill in 2013. Yes, thats MILLIONS!

    We are up to almost 1250 signatures! Thank You ParentsForDeKalbSchools for sharing! http://www.change.org/petitions/governor-nathan-deal-and-georgia-state-board-of-education-review-sacs-findings-if-accurate-replace-the-dekalb-county-school-board

  5. I don’t think he has a clue that a lot of the citizens of DeKalb want the Board dismantled. We don’t have formal numbers, but an attempt at a recall could show if people are serious…

    Anyone want to pick up the ball?

    http://www.ehow.com/how_7602271_recall-replace-board-members.html
    http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Laws_governing_recall_in_Georgia

  6. TracyW says:

    WEASEL!

  7. Disgusted in Dekalb says:

    Why is he equating the school system with the board? It’s bad enough that he has neither a business background nor an education background and therefore has an absurdly steep learning curve. Now he’s stating in front of God and everybody that the mission of the school system is not his focus. Our only hope is that the State BOE members are as appalled as we are.

  8. howdy1942 says:

    This is not a good start for Mr. Thurmond! His job is to lead and manage the school system. It is this Board that has problems with the State Board – not the superintendent.

    It is becoming clear why Thurmond was the choice of this board – to use his political connections to protect this school board from the possibility of being removed. At a minimum, this Dekalb Board should have to go before the State Board and tell them what it has done, is doing, and to present a measurable plan of action – dates, commitments, measurements – for fixing the mess that we are in. I strongly object to Mr. Thurmond’s attempt to interfere with that process.

    The only chance that this Dekalb Board has of remaining intact is to avoid the state board entirely. This is a terrible lesson for our young people – that the only way to face the consequences of your action is to interfere with the justice process itself. This Board has really sunk to an unbelievable low standard. This Board is absolutely disgusting – I no longer have one shred of respect for it!

  9. dekalbite2 says:

    Please email Michael Thurmond your concerns about his representing the DeKalb Board of Education at the upcoming State Board of Education meeting. If you feel his defense of the DeKalb Board of Education is a conflict of interest and/or he could better spend his time developing a budget that ensures students have reasonable class sizes and competent, well compensated teachers, then express those sentiments to him. After all, he may have been hired by this Board of Education, but his salary is paid by the taxpayers of DeKalb County.

    His email address is:
    michael_l_thurmond@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

    Mr. Thurmond needs to hear from the taxpayers of DeKalb.

  10. plusone says:

    Ummmm. You all know he isn’t reading his own emails….there’s a. $50k secretary for that….this is a lost cause….we need national help.

  11. dekalbite2 says:

    @plusone
    “You all know he isn’t reading his own emails”

    Of course not. However, as a politician, I guarantee he has someone stroke tallying the emails and phone calls to see where his commitments should be. Politicians all come down to the number of for and against contacts they receive (in addition to and balanced by the perks they receive from lobbyists and their campaign contributors). Contacts in the form of letters, phone calls and emails are extremely important to politicians, and Thurmond is after all a politician. He is taking the pulse of the voting public.

  12. Thurmond talks accreditation strategy with DeKalb lawmakers

    DeKalb Interim School Superintendent Michael Thurmond told the county’s state House and Senate delegation Tuesday that he will be the point man for the school board in its battle to get the school district off probation and keep the current board in place.

    He will also be the spokesman for the county at the Feb. 21 suspension hearing before the Georgia Board of Education, taking questions from state officials. After that hearing, the state board could recommend to Gov. Nathan Deal that he remove the DeKalb School Board members.

    Read more: CrossRoadsNews (above)

  13. An aside: I’m watching the President’s State of the Union and he’s at least talking about the importance of education – and offering high school students a quality education and preparation for work or college – and then aid to go to college. He’s introducing a ‘college score card’ for parents and students to compare schools — say, how about doing that in DeKalb?!!

  14. Thurmond also said, ““During this critical period, we must focus on fulfilling the School District’s core mission – providing our students with a quality education,” he said. “Please rededicate yourself to the important task of improving student academic achievement at every grade level.Together, we will move this school district forward. We cannot rest until it is once again ranked among the best public school systems in America.”

    What he should have said is, “I know that you teachers have been working hard in the trenches doing the right thing for the children of DeKalb. I am here to come to your rescue and restore your respect, your pay and reduce your burden by reducing class size, reducing administrative bosses and reducing testing mandates. I recognize that it has been the teachers who have done the honest, hard work to keep the learning going during the last 5 years of tumultuous times – and am here to support you in your efforts!”

  15. Maureen at the AJC has another good post and good advice for Michael Thurmond:
    http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2013/02/12/dear-mr-thurmond-let-nine-school-board-members-fight-own-battles-you-have-99000-other-people-to-consider/

    Dear Mr. Thurmond: Let nine school board members fight own battles. You have 99,000 other people to consider.

    Michael Thurmond has been getting a lot of advice these last few days since he accepted the job of interim school chief in DeKalb County.

    Let me add mine.

    Mr. Thurmond, Do not confuse the DeKalb County Schools with the DeKalb County Board of Education. They are not one and the same. Your focus must be the schools and the children, not the troubled school board.

    You are beginning to worry parents with your focus on nine adults who should be able to make their own case to the state Board of Education to keep their jobs.

    Today, you announced to DeKalb lawmakers that you’re going to be the lone voice speaking on the board’s behalf next week when the state Board of Education considers again whether to recommend the board’s ouster to the governor.

    You said: “I will articulate the facts and make the case on behalf of the DeKalb school district at the hearing on Feb. 21. I look forward to the opportunity.”

    Stay home and stay out of it. Those nine people aren’t your responsibility. Focus instead on the 99,000 other people in DeKalb Schools counting on you, the students.

    Put them first. Someone has to.

    Thank you Maureen! We couldn’t agree more!

  16. Here’s another interesting article after the attempt to vote for chair but not being able to garner a majority for anyone, leaving Gene the chair by default…

    “I’m already getting calls from the State Capitol about today’s vote,” Schutten said. “Lawmakers and the governor’s office are monitoring the School Board situation very carefully and members send a very disturbing message when they say they want to come together to address the problems pointed out by SACS and they can’t even pull together on routine business.”

    Walker bristled at the notion that the vote reflected board dysfunction.

    “How is it dysfunction when we were able to conduct a vote and chose a chair?” he asked. “I’m very pleased to remain as chair and appreciate the votes I got. It’s every board member’s right and obligation to vote their conscience, yes or no or even withhold their vote if that’s how they feel.”

    Walker said the real test of this board will be how it addresses the problems SACS pointed out in its report.

    “We’ve been intensely focused on solving those issues the last few weeks,” he said. “The board is united on that effort.”

    Read more: CrossRoadsNews
    Walker remains School Board chair, barely

  17. cedar says:

    Why exactly did they pick this guy? Why exactly is he receiving a $315,000 a year package?

  18. Mark says:

    So, let me get this straight. The Dekalb School Board is on probation for years of malfeasance, but the guy that will be on the job for a little over a week will be the voice of the board in order to save their jobs?

    I guess that’s what $300,000 of other people’s money buys you these days. Also, do we still have to pay lawyers to defend the board if Thurmond’s got this?

  19. dekalbite2 says:

    @cedar
    “Why exactly did they pick this guy? Why exactly is he receiving a $315,000 a year package?”

    Less than 2 weeks before he was offered the job, he was on a panel of six people with new BOE member and former big time insider Melvin Johnson (second highest compensated employee after superintendent Johnny Brown – in 2004 paid $174,000 including benefits).
    http://trumpetfoundation.org/events/race-relations-symposium/

    Look at the moderator of the panel who wrote a scathing article about Dr. Atkinson terminating and reassigning so many insiders from the Lewis/Tyson administration:
    https://dekalbschoolwatch.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/what-is-steen-miles-talking-about/

    Do you think they talked about this over lunch and/or dinner and thought this was a good idea?

  20. concernedmom30329 says:

    Marshalll Orson claims publicly that this was/is his idea. Now after the summer election, McMahan, Johnson and Orson became best buds.

    I will say that I don’t think Thurmond “gets” how frustrated the community is with the BOE. I think the voices, outside of the BOE, that he is most clearly hearing are those that are concerned about retaining accreditation because that is their priority. They don’t want to become the next “Clayton.”

    What he is missing is that this BOE is a problem. He may believe that they won’t be a problem for him, and frankly, Gene may not be. If you listen to his interview on NPR, he certainly sounds like he believes he can control Gene. (I actually kind of think he probably can. Those political connections can be used many ways. Gene is very powerful, Thurmond may be more powerful. I believe that Thurmond was the last democrat in GA elected statewide. For dems, that means something. Gene may have to sit down and shut up, if he stays on. )

    http://www.wabe.org/post/talk-dekalb-countys-new-interim-school-superintendent-michael-thurmond#.URsKx3usC7M.twitter

  21. concernedmom30329 says:

    Make sure you listen to the long version….

  22. Undercover Reformer says:

    @Howdy
    “It is becoming clear why Thurmond was the choice of this board – to use his political connections to protect this school board from the possibility of being removed.”

    Howdy, I know how smart you are. You always point out the underlying motives and reasons beneath this District’s and BOE’s moves, mistakes, and mess. So your comment that it is “becoming” clear took me by surprise. It was clear all along. There is no other motivation than a political, self-serving one for the choice of Thurmond as interim super. Now, frankly, I am not politically connected and so cannot comment on what the State BOE and Governor are thinking or planning regarding our BOE. But…worst case scenario…if the State BOE allows Thurmond to be this board’s spokesperson and lets them keep their jobs, each and every parent in the DeKalb County School District who can should take their children and RUN. That will literally be it. In the meantime, I wish recall was a legitimate tactic. However, the constituents in the regions that elected these bozos are not going to do the work needed to get it done. I hate to sound so pessimistic but, unfortunately, there is little cause for optimism. As much as I love this blog and the opportunity it has given to all of us to share and vent, I think we should all be spending our typing time writing to news outlets, state officials, and figuring out ways to organize. I wish that at the board meeting the other night YOU all were standing at that podium rather than the sad folks who wanted to tout the wonderful things happening at their individual schools. OF COURSE there are good things happening every day at our schools – IN SPITE of the board, IN SPITE of the underqualified ex-super, IN SPITE of the state’s lack of support of public education, IN SPITE of a lack of leadership and an ethical/moral compass in the central office.

    I’m sorry. I realize I have offered very little here in the way of concrete suggestions for problem-solving. I will offer myself – an ex-employee who symbolically fell on their sword – to march with you parents anywhere and anytime you decide to actually pull yourselves together and storm the citadel.

  23. Between Obama using our tax dollars to fund his political cronies and Gene in charge of raising our taxes to the limit, to fund his friends and family, we have nothing to worry about, except maybe losing the best teachers to teach our kids and the money in our wallets.

    The teachers are paying more taxes yet have not received a step increase in 5 years and their retirement funds have not been matched by the school district. Seems to me we are using too much money to staff the Palace AGAIN and the teachers and students will have to wait until someone with common sense and NO ties to the corrupt DeKalb political machine can be hired, before we really start seeing change.

    MR. THURMOND GETS $315,000 AS AN INTERIM WITH NO EXPERIENCE…… WOW!

  24. A blog editorial from the Patch:

    Dear Mr. Thurmond:

    On behalf of all students and most parents and taxpayers of DeKalb County, Georgia, I write to you asking that you show your dedication and interest in restoring confidence, integrity and a focus on our classrooms and children in the DeKalb County School District by immediately asking your friend, Dr. Eugene Walker, to resign from his position on the DeKalb County Board of Education.

    Anything less than that shows that the interests of our students and schools will continue to be ignored while we slide further towards losing accreditation. Chairman Walker has proven that he is incapable of leading the current Board towards anything but chaos, dysfunction and incompetence. His repeated denials of having any awareness of troubles within the school system illustrates the need for his immediate removal.

    If Chairman Walker truly is concerned for the well-being and education of our county’s children, he would do what is right and step away before he causes further harm. Hopefully, as his friend, you can advise him of the need for this action.

    The time has come to return our attention on the classrooms instead of the board rooms.

    Our children are our greatest assets and our schools are the backbones of our communities.

    Let’s treat both accordingly.

    Sincerely,

    Shawn M. Keefe

    ===
    Thurmond quotes thus far:

    “I do not have a magic wand,” Thurmond said, “but every day we will come with one goal in mind: to become better and to inspire and educate our children.”

    “I welcome the opportunity to serve the 99,000 students of the DeKalb County Schools,” said Thurmond. “By all of us coming together across our county – parents, employees, citizens and businesses North and South – there’s no limit to what we will accomplish for our schoolchildren.”

    “The question is: How badly do we want it and how much are we willing to sacrifice to achieve it?”


    And in other news from Dunwoody:

    Local Lawmaker Plans Bill for a Dunwoody School System
    Seems the momentum to break away is getting stronger every day.

  25. @concernedmom30329 and others: I’m not sure we have taken the time to thoroughly discuss the pitiful board chair elections. This article in CrossRoads News explains that meeting better than any other explanation I’ve seen. If anyone was there, please add what you witnessed to the comments:

    Walker remains School Board chair, barely

    After postponing the vote three times, DeKalb School Board members re-elected Dr. Eugene Walker as chair of the board and chose newcomer Jim McMahan as vice-chair on Feb. 6.

    Board members voted 4-3 for Walker with members Dr. Pam Speaks and Marshall Orson abstaining. Dr. Melvin Johnson, Jay Cunningham and Sarah Copelin-Wood voted for Walker.

    Johnson nominated Donna Edler for chair, then voted for Walker.

    The no votes came from McMahan, Nancy Jester and Edler.

    But there were problems with the vote.

    Legal adviser Lawrence Warco told the board that Robert’s Rules of Order requires a five-vote majority of the board’s nine members to elect the chair. But the rules also say if a candidate falls short because of abstentions, the board can decide within 30 days to take another vote. If members don’t take another vote in that period, the election results stand.

    McMahan won the vice-chair post with five votes. Speaks and Cunningham each got two.

    When David Schutten, President of the DeKalb Organization of Educators, called the vote dysfunctional, this was Gene’s response:

    Walker bristled at the notion that the vote reflected board dysfunction.

    “How is it dysfunction when we were able to conduct a vote and chose a chair?” he asked. “I’m very pleased to remain as chair and appreciate the votes I got. It’s every board member’s right and obligation to vote their conscience, yes or no or even withhold their vote if that’s how they feel.”

    Read more: CrossRoadsNews

  26. @concernedmom30329 and others: I’m not sure we have taken the time to thoroughly discuss the pitiful board chair elections. This article in CrossRoads News explains that meeting better than any other explanation I’ve seen. If anyone was there, please add what you witnessed to the comments:

    Walker remains School Board chair, barely

    After postponing the vote three times, DeKalb School Board members re-elected Dr. Eugene Walker as chair of the board and chose newcomer Jim McMahan as vice-chair on Feb. 6.

    Board members voted 4-3 for Walker with members Dr. Pam Speaks and Marshall Orson abstaining. Dr. Melvin Johnson, Jay Cunningham and Sarah Copelin-Wood voted for Walker.

    Johnson nominated Donna Edler for chair, then voted for Walker.

    The no votes came from McMahan, Nancy Jester and Edler.

    But there were problems with the vote.

    Legal adviser Lawrence Warco told the board that Robert’s Rules of Order requires a five-vote majority of the board’s nine members to elect the chair. But the rules also say if a candidate falls short because of abstentions, the board can decide within 30 days to take another vote. If members don’t take another vote in that period, the election results stand.

    McMahan won the vice-chair post with five votes. Speaks and Cunningham each got two.

    When David Schutten, President of the DeKalb Organization of Educators, called the vote dysfunctional, this was Gene’s response:

    Walker bristled at the notion that the vote reflected board dysfunction.

    “How is it dysfunction when we were able to conduct a vote and chose a chair?” he asked. “I’m very pleased to remain as chair and appreciate the votes I got. It’s every board member’s right and obligation to vote their conscience, yes or no or even withhold their vote if that’s how they feel.”

    Read more: CrossRoadsNews

  27. alm says:

    Does anyone have the actual oath of office that all 9 took when they became board members?

  28. bettyandveronica1 says:

    I think the most telling part of the above post was “…Marshall Orson abstaining.” Thanks Friends of Dekalb!

  29. howdy1942 says:

    I know that I am missing something, but does anyone know what Orson and Speaks abstained?

  30. I don’t think Orson and Speaks were there as it was a “called meeting” in the middle of the day. Orson has a day job.

    Don’t count our your fellow citizens. Reach out to them instead. Crossroads is a very reputable source of information for many people in South DeKalb. They have done an excellent job at covering some of the issues that we are all concerned about, most notably the cell towers. They even won a national journalism award for their cell tower coverage when we could hardly get the mainstream media, including Maureen at the AJC, to even mention the issue. And, as a result, the residents of South DeKalb voted against the cell towers in HUGE numbers and by wide margins.

    These are areas that might be written off as not knowing the issues, but they knew about the cell towers because we reached out to all the schools affected equally. And, Walker and Cunningham continued to talk about how they thought cell towers were okay. Walker even said he would put one in his front yard. But, we went to the schools and neighborhoods ourselves. We met the people who would be affected and helped them get the word out to their own communities because it was the right thing to do. And, the people we spoke to could see that we were genuine in our concerns and in our wanting to help. We were honest with them and had no hidden agendas. I had no idea when we started the whole thing that it would be such an unusual thing for a parent to be concerned about other people’s children at other people’s schools and many people were skeptical at first.

    But, by the time we got the issue in front of the voters after a year of fighting at the school board and county zoning level, we accomplished our goal of informing those who deserved to know the truth. And we won on the ballot in some areas by as much as 78%. The most widespread, highly publicized protests in the “central or north” parts of the county did not produce the same margins at the polls, even in the Briarlake area which was one of the most vocally opposed and had signs everywhere. Why is that?

    I think it is either because people who do a lot of talking also do very little listening. Or, people are willing to sell out their neighbors if they think there might be something in it for them. Either way, the failure of our schools to graduate nearly half our kids should be alarming to everyone and should be cause for concern no matter where you live. I was personally shocked at the parents or others who were willing to get up and speak in front of the new Superintendent and completely ignore the huge issues that are affecting every single taxpayer and parent no matter where your child goes to school.

    People have to start looking out for each other. The focus in DeKalb is still not on the children. Sadly, they are usually the last ones considered in most every argument or debate on this subject. Until we can focus on the children, we will continue to watch our money being spent on the “things” that cannot teach our children, and canned programs that our teachers despise, and tests that do not measure whether or not a child is gaining a love for learning and teachers who are not qualified to teach and principals who will do what it takes to get to a central office where they can all sit around and do nothing, serve no one and never be held accountable. They don’t even have to see the faces of the children that they are failing, so they probably never even feel a twinge of guilt for their role.

    Sadly, we have a system that is broken from top to bottom. Replacing the board will do little if the people running the show behind the scenes are not willing to look in the mirror and accept some of the blame.

  31. dsw2contributor says:

    howdy1942 @February 12, 2013 at 8:27 PM – “It is becoming clear why Thurmond was the choice of this board – to use his political connections to protect this school board from the possibility of being removed.”

    Thurmond is also perfect (for the board majority) in the event they are removed. He is there because his presence will help change the public perception of what happened: Instead of it being about the failed, ineffective & corrupt school board, it will look like a civil rights fight: a white republican governor removing black democrats from elected office, etc.

    I don’t think most posters realize how politically tactical move Thurmond’s hiring was – Maureen Downey certainly did not! If and when Nathan Deal considers whether or not to remove the board, he will be asking himself do I really want to deal with the resulting (the s-word)storm a board removal will bring?

  32. bettyandveronica1 says:

    Interview on Feb. 5th with Nathan Deal re: medicaid expansion and Dekalb. Apologies if it’s been posted already.

    http://wabe.org/post/talk-georgia-governor-nathan-deal-medicaid-expansion-dekalb-county-school-crisis

  33. momfromhe11 says:

    A meeting to discuss progress (if any) by the School Board in addressing SACS points:

    Please attend the information and education town hall meeting at Stanford Realty on Feb. 16th from 2-4pm. Learn what is stated in the SACS report and the Grand Jury investigation. See the flyer at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/125043723/Restore-DeKalb-Maintain-Accreditation-and-Local-Control

    Marshall Orson is also speaking on what’s going on on Feb 16 at Emory Presbyterian Church 1866 North Decatur Rd. at 7pm

    ELPC is hosting its monthly meeting at Oak Grove Elementary Feb. 20 at 9am. Speakers are:

    Interim Superintendent Michael Thurmond

    David Schutten, Executive Director, Organization of DeKalb Educators

    Representative Scott Holcomb, State District 81

    Howard Grant, Executive Director, Atlanta BOE

  34. Orson and Speaks were definitely at the meeting. It’s just very odd how the vote went:

    Board members voted 4-3 for Walker with members Dr. Pam Speaks and Marshall Orson abstaining. Dr. Melvin Johnson, Jay Cunningham and Sarah Copelin-Wood voted for Walker.

    Johnson nominated Donna Edler for chair, then voted for Walker.

    The no votes came from McMahan, Nancy Jester and Edler.

    So oddly, Melvin Johnson nominated Donna Edler for chair, but when it came time to vote, he voted for Walker.(?!)
    Basically the vote for Walker for chair went:

    Johnson Yes
    Cunningham Yes
    Woods Yes
    Walker Yes
    McMahan No
    Jester No
    Edler No
    Speaks Abstain
    Orson Abstain

    Then –

    Vice Chair: (Nominated by Melvin Johnson, I believe…)
    *McMahan 5 votes
    Speaks 2 votes
    Cunningham 2 votes

    Strange… Walker wins with only 4 votes! And one of those is his own! But the rules say that this kind of vote won’t stick if a board member calls for another vote in 30 days.

  35. No Duh says:

    So can any of the other BOE members call for another vote within 30 days?? And wouldn’t you think they’d want to do that ASAP? Show us your loyalty Marshall or Jim. Call for another vote before February 21. Nominate Speaks. Then remind Edler the SBOE will look kindly on a DBOE that isn’t being lead by Gene “Rip Van Winkle” Walker. It doesn’t matter who is Chairperson now, as it appears Thurmond believes he is running everything now — the district and the Board.

  36. I agree No Duh, they should put more of a level of importance on this vote. Pam only needs 5 votes and she is the most level, calm member and would represent DeKalb well. She has no history of bad behavior and was not mentioned in the SACS report (Gene was mentioned often!) It would certainly show the community, SACS and the state that they ‘get it’…this is important~!

  37. No Duh says:

    In addition, if you watched the video clip from Fox News that ran last Friday when Thurmond was announced — the one where the reporter confronts Wood and Walker with pictures of them asleep — you’ll notice as Wood is starting to flip out on the reporter, Thurmond blocks her from the reporter and stands facing her with his back to the reporter. You’ll notice his mouth is moving and then Wood says, “You’re right.” I have been told that what Thurmond was saying to her as he was removing her from the reporter’s microphone was, “You hired me to do a job, now let me do it.” So, “the job” they hired him to do was make them look good by being the new spokesman. I seriously doubt we’ll be getting any more public comments from Gene Walker. Though, what Thurmond is saying may come from Gene’s mouth.

  38. Concerned Citizen says:

    Walker and Thurmond, you are finished pushing us around in DeKalb. Yes, I can see Wood starting to shoot off that big mouth and Thurmond intervening…NO MORE….WALKER IS THURMOND AND THURMOND IS WALKER – ALWAYS HAS BEEN, ALWAYS WILL BE….

  39. Insider says:

    In looking at Thurmond’s contract, it says “The Interim Superintendent shallhold and maintain a valid and appropriate certificate or permit issued by the Professional Standards Commission of the State of Georgia and shall otherwise meet all the requirements for a Superintendent as set forth in O. C. G. A.” 20-2-101.

    OCGA 20-2-101 reads, “No person shall be eligible to be appointed or employed as superintendent of schools of any county or independent school system unless such person is of good moral character, has never been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude, and possesses acceptable business or management experience as specified by the Professional Standards Commission or the minimum valid certificate or a letter of eligibility for said certificate required by the Professional Standards Commission.”

    Does Mr. Thurmond’s experience qualify?

  40. bettyandveronica1 says:

    That’s interesting insider. I remember there was some flap about dr. A,s certificate. Isn’t there training and an actual process to hold this certificate. Does an interim have the same responsibility to hold this certificate?

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