Six school board seats open to applicants

From the Dunwoody Patch:

The nominating panel that Gov. Nathan Deal assembled has begun accepting applications for candidates to fill the seats of suspended members of the DeKalb County school board.

On Monday, the governor announced that he is signing an executive order that accepts the State Board of Education’s recommendation that six DeKalb school board members be removed.

After a 14-plus-hour meeting this past Thursday, the State Board of Education voted to recommend that Deal remove six members of the DeKalb school board.

The board voted unanimously to recommend that Sarah Copelin-Wood, Donna Edler, Eugene Walker, Jay Cunningham, Nancy Jester and Pamela Speaks be removed from the DeKalb school board.

Applicants should send the following information to

1. Legal name, contact information and home address
2. District seat for which one is applying
3. Resume, CV and/or brief biography
4. Statement of interest

The panel will accept applications until March 6 at 5 p.m.

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12 Responses to Six school board seats open to applicants

  1. Just remember: Literally half or more of the school board members of the last decade are currently involved in some kind of lawsuit as a result of their service on the board.

    The AJC has an article on the subject as well:
    Governor accepts applications for DeKalb school board jobs

    Anyone yearning to be a school board member in one of the largest, and most troubled, school districts in Georgia, can apply for the job now — no election required.

    A panel assembled by Gov. Nathan Deal is accepting applications to fill the seats of six suspended DeKalb County school board members. The positions pay $18,000 a year.

    Applicants should email their identification (name, contact information and address), the post desired (must reside within the geographic boundaries), a resume or brief biography and a statement of interest to

    One caveat: the suspended school board members have sued in federal court to retain their jobs, so the positions may turn out to be unavailable.

  2. Just think, if Atkinson had not taken the job at Success for All, maybe she could have applied for a BOE seat.

    I know… very snarky but this stuff is tiring. I know that is what Walker is praying for, the stakeholders getting tired and taking the eye off ball. Maybe the lost BOE could have another closed door meeting before the Federal Judge rules.

  3. bettyandveronica1 says:

    Walker and Copelin-Woods need to go permanently. S DeKalb business owners, parents, taxpayers, homeowners need to get it together now and find someone to run against these two if reinstated.
    This nonsense should serve as a wake up call to folks that if they are not defeated (if reinstated) OUR ENTIRE COUNTY will continue to suffer. We are counting on folks there to do the right thing and find/support other people for the seats. I just read an article in both the New York and San Francisco newspapers yesterday about DeKalb and our issues, how embarrassing.

  4. Rick says:

    I’d wait until the federal judge has a say on this issue tomorrow before submitting your application

  5. Achelous says:

    Do we know who is on the panel? I heard Brad Bryant is helping with this, and I sincerely hope it’s true. Bryant is a DeKalb native (of the Lakeside/Henderson area), and one who will, I think, do his best to make things as right as possible.

  6. bettyandveronica1 says:

    From today’s AJC article: “Opponents of Deal’s DeKalb move intensify criticism”
    “State Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick, D-Lithonia, said she was mulling legislation that would allow the governor to replace school board members only after collecting signatures from voters in their districts for a recall.
    “I just want people to calm down and take a look at the other side,” said Kendrick, who warned that voters could be “usurped” by state officials. “Think about what this kind of precedent will shape politics moving forward.” See more at:

    As the NAACP and various politicians come out of the woodwork to comment, WTF were they during the last 10 years? Do they have any clue? Do they think the behavior of these board members is excusable, righteous or becoming of the office they held? Maybe Ms. Kendrick and the NAACP should be speaking directly to the parents at some of the schools that are underfunded/understaffed and have 34+ kids in a classroom or 28 in a Kindergarten without a second teacher. You voting rights are not being usurped. This legislation offers the citizens the relief they desperately need in this situation. WE are about to have the equivalent of an atomic bomb go off in our county, educationally and financially. We are projected to be even further in the hole next year. I wish these folks that have now decided it is time to join the conversation would just be quiet.
    Where were they when the money was being being moved into the lawyers pockets? Where was their voice when the school houses were being raided of their extra teachers and programs were cut? Where were they? Concerned about theirs and their other business. People can see what all this is…playing the race card and preying on peoples fears of losing their vote and voice in government. Shame on all of you.
    Eugene and Sarah just resign. Get on with life, it’s time to go.

  7. Jeff Bragg says:

    Jeff Bragg: SCW is on the DeKalb NAACP Executive Committee (the NAACP web site misspells her name, but that is the same SCW we know so well). I believe she has been on the EC or has been an officer for decades. Former DeKalb Board of Ed member Zeporah Roberts is also on the DeKalb NAACP Executive Committee, where she chairs their Education Committee.

  8. Crawford Shrenko says:

    Victory in every courtroom!

  9. howdy1942 says:

    @bettyandveronica1 – well stated. Did it strike you as rather strange that today neither the NAACP or Rep. Kendrick said the first thing about students? The majority of the student population in Dekalb County is African-American. Who speaks for them? Who cares about them? Does Rep. Kendrick really think that her legislation stands any chance of success in the legislature? I have voted Democrat in a number of local, state, and national elections. Both the House and the Senate in Georgia are overwhelmingly Republican – not a chance for your bill.

    It’s ashamed that the NAACP or anyone else would invoke the race card. Just today the Supreme Court heard arguments about retaining a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and NBC, CBS, and ABC all report that there seems to be a bias toward declaring it unconstitutional given today’s world. The race card is stale and its use should stop. I cannot think of a county in this nation that has embraced diversity more than Dekalb County. Count your blessings!

  10. Achelous says:

    This problem is one that reaches across ethnic, racial, socioeconomic and geographic lines. Oddly, the old Board was very non biased in the fleecing of DeKalb Schools. We are all affected, and we are all in this together. Only by acting together, without petty arguments or regional squabbles, can we have a hope in raising this school system from the dead and putting it back in the business of preparing the leaders of tomorrow.

    It is my strongest wish that this process is unimpeded and proceeds at all steps with the students’ welfare placed above all other needs (along with our financial ability to serve those needs). It is my fear that it will be a self serving and corrupt process. I wish for the best, fear for the worst, and keep watching, hoping that our wishes can be granted. DeKalb is a great place, and deserves the best!

  11. hoyts says:

    oh, my, hoping some really great people apply – how about you!!! i’m not qualified at all, but please, please, you folks who have been reading this blog regularly and know all the inside info and care, please apply!! maybe you could get a legal insurance policy to help cover you in case of lawsuit? we need help!

  12. Concerned Citizen says:

    What on earth does a rubric have to due with this screwball-loaded, some suspended, board? That is a ridiculous word made up by a screwball and perpetuted by some screwball educational-profit companies! I hate the word. I don’t know a teacher who doesn’t hate it. You know, most teachers see right through absurdity, but it can be very hard to take a stand against the establishmet. You can be stomped on, made to feel bad about yourself, be called a “fool” by your own boss in public, talked about and persecuted for many, many years.

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