Talk about unintended consequences! We deeply apologize — we are obviously just naive bloggers and didn’t see this one coming. Basically, when we, the public, all called on the State Board to ask the Governor to remove the DeKalb Board and replace them with a few Trustees, we didn’t ever think that what would ACTUALLY happen [if allowed by a the judge] was that OUR reps would be removed, but the reps for Districts 2, 4 and 6 would remain in their seats – leaving more than half the county without representation! And then, the majority of the DeKalb Board chose to spend MORE taxpayer dollars to hire a law firm and take their ‘firing’ all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary!
From the Dunwoody Patch:
Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that he is signing an executive order that accepts the State Board of Education’s recommendation that six DeKalb school board members be removed.
Deal made the announcement Monday afternoon during a press conference at the state capitol.
Prior to the announcement, Deal huddled with members of the DeKalb legislative delegation for several minutes.
Deal has also appointed a nominating committee to recommend new members of the school board, composed of Keith Mason, a current member of the State Board of Education and who will chair the committee; Jim Bostick, a former member of the state board of education; Sadie Denard, a member of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce; Alicia Phillip, president of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta; and Garry McGiboney, also a member of the state board of education.
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However, in a legal move late Friday afternoon, the school board filed an emergency motion in federal court, hoping to stop the governor from taking any action.
Over the weekend, a federal judge issued a restraining order that prevents the suspension of six DeKalb school board officials by Gov. Nathan Deal. The order does not prevent Deal from suspending the school board members, but does prohibit their actual suspension until a hearing is convened on Friday.
The current law CLEARLY states that ALL members must be removed. How is it that ‘some’ districts get to keep representation while the rest of us have to endure NO district representation? Watch for changes in the SPLOST budget!