Channel 2 Action News has learned the names of six people Gov. Nathan Deal has chosen to fill vacant DeKalb County School Board seats.
Channel 2’s Erica Byfield confirmed that John Coleman of District 1, Michael Erwin of District 3, David Campbell of District 5, Joyce Morley of District 7, Karen Carter of District 8 and Thad Mayfield of District 9 will be announced as new board members by the governor at a morning news conference.
Click here for the Governor’s press release.
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Gov implores them to work together. Says we have a qualified new superintendent – please work cooperatively with him. Expects great results. Thurmond’s response was “Wow! These are very qualified people.” Wanted to keep politics out of it. Important to get the super a functioning board.
Swearing in will be at 1:00 pm today. They can then jump right in and get to work!
–Brad Bryant says he called Mark Elgart and Elgart says he was only concerned about the timing of the law. Elgart is very pleased with the residents of DeKalb and the positive response.
–Regarding racial makeup: It’s exactly the same. They replaced a white with a white and the 5 blacks with 5 blacks. (Said that race is definitely an issue.)
Gov says as he understood it, SACS accreditation rests on a one legged stool: Governance.
We applaud the Governor for taking action and moving swiftly. This could not have been an easy task. We understand the SACS deadline for improvement to be December of 2013. That is not a lot of time. This board will need to roll up their sleeves and get started – pronto!