The All New DeKalb School Board to have their first meeting Wednesday

Tune in Wednesday at 6:00 PM to the DEKALB BOARD OF EDUCATION WORK SESSION & MEETING. Assuming they will still broadcast the meetings, you can stream it online [click here] or watch live on PDS Comcast 24. Or for some real fun – go in person!

We will file our minutes in the comments of this post.

AGENDA

A. CALL TO ORDER
By: Dr. Melvin Johnson, Chair

B. INSPIRATION & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Presented by: Mr. Marshall D. Orson, Board Representative, District #2

C. ROSTER
BOARD MEMBERS:
Dr. Melvin Johnson, Chair
Mr. James L. ‘Jim’ McMahan, Vice Chair
Mr. David Campbell
Dr. Karen D. Carter
Mr. John W. Coleman
Dr. Michael A. Erwin
Mr. Thaddeus Mayfield
Dr. Joyce Morley
Mr. Marshall D. Orson

Mr. Michael L. Thurmond, Interim Superintendent

TEACHER FORUM COUNCIL STEERING COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVES:
Ms. Inez Colwell
Mr. David High

TEACHER FORM COUNCIL STEERING COMMITTEE ALTERNATE REPRESENTATIVES:
Ms. Donna Nelson
Ms. Curlene Pippins

DEKALB AUXILIARY EMPLOYEES FORUM REPRESENTATIVE:
Mr. Terrell Short

DEKALB COUNTY PTA COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE:
Ms. Marcia Coward

D. RECOGNITIONS

1. Exceptional Children’s Week Proclamation
Presented by: Dr. Kathleen S. Howe, Deputy Superintendent, Division of Curriculum & Instruction

2. Youth Art Month Proclamation
Presented by: Dr. Kathleen S. Howe, Deputy Superintendent, Division of Curriculum & Instruction

3. Music In Our Schools Month Proclamation
Presented by: Dr. Kathleen S. Howe, Deputy Superintendent, Division of Curriculum & Instruction

E. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

F. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

1. SACS Update
Presented by: Ms. Ramona H. Tyson, Chief Strategy Officer, Division of Strategic Management & Accountability

2. Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Update
Presented by: Mr. Michael J. Perrone, Chief Financial Officer, Division of Finance

G. ACTION ITEMS
1. Approval of Minutes
Presented by: Mr. Michael L. Thurmond, Interim Superintendent

2. Approval of Financial Monthly Report
Presented by: Mr. Michael J. Perrone, Chief Financial Officer, Division of Finance

3. Approval of Human Resources Monthly Board Report
Presented by: Dr. Tekshia M. Ward-Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer, Division of Human Resources

4. SPLOST IV Acquisition of Support Service Vehicles
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

5. Approval of Resolution to Phase Out Twelve Instructional Facilities
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

6. Approval of Plan to Officer Two Surplus Properties for Lease or Sale
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

7. Approval to Declare 10 Properties as Surplus
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

8. Dunwoody High School Parking Lot Repair and Repaving Contract Award Approval
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

9. District Wide Moving Services RFP# 752-13001 Approval
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

10. System-Wide Imaging Solution Contract Extension Approval
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

11. Approval of Portable Classroom Lease Extension and Purchase – Williams Scotsman
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

12. Modular Classroom – ModSpace Lease Extension Approval
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

13. Termination of the DeKalb County School District’s status as a plaintiff in The DeKalb County School District, et al. vs. The Georgia State Board of Education, et al., Case No. 1:13-CV-0544, pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division
Presented by: Mr. Marshall D. Orson, Board Representative, District #2

H. AMENDMENT TO THE BYLAWS & POLICIES: FIRST READING
1. Amendment to the Bylaws & Policies: Board Policy BBFA
Presented by: Mr. Marshall D. Orson, Board Representative, District #2

2. Amendment to the Bylaws & Polices: Board Policy BC
Presented by: Mr. Marshall D. Orson, Board Representative, District #2

3. Amendment to the Bylaws & Policies: Board Policy BCBI
Presented by: Mr. James L. ‘Jim’ McMahan, Vice Chair & Board Representative, District #4

4. Amendment to the Bylaws & Policies: Board Policy BDC
Presented by: Mr. James L. ‘Jim’ McMahan, Vice Chair & Board Representative, District #4

I. OTHER\BOARD COMMENTS (2 minutes each)

J. ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. South DeKalb Parent Council Meeting, 6:30pm, Thursday, March 28, 2013,
Redan Middle School, 1775 Young Road, Lithonia

2. Visual Arts Annual Student & Faculty Art Exhibit, Friday, March 29, 2013,
5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain

3. DeKalb Board of Education Work Session & Business Meeting, 6:00pm, Monday,
April 1, 2013, J. David Williamson Board Room, Robert R. Freeman Administrative &
Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

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79 Responses to The All New DeKalb School Board to have their first meeting Wednesday

  1. Insider says:

    “Approval of Plan to ‘Officer’ Two Surplus Properties for Lease or Sale” ?
    Officer?? Offer maybe?
    Someone needs to remind the Board Secretary that spell check won’t catch a correctly-spelled word used incorrectly.

  2. Insider says:

    Let’s hope that Marshal goes through with this. From WSB Radio.com

    “But now that the governor’s appointees have been sworn in, DeKalb Board Member Marshal Orson has suggested going to the Georgia Supreme Court may no longer be an option the board, as a whole, wants to pursue.

    “I always favor a non-judicial approach to resolving issues,” Orson said after the six new members were sworn into office last week.

    Fellow board member Jim McMahan suggested the money now being spent on legal fees associated with the suit might be better spent elsewhere. He told WSB’s Pete Combs that he wanted to ensure “our focus is (to) utilize every penny for student achievement. There are always alternatives to lawsuits.”

    The new board meets officially for the first time Wednesday night.”

  3. Chamblee Dad says:

    I’ve got to admit, that at least on paper this is a very reasonable & actually admirable 1st agenda for the new board & super. Especially F1 & F2 & G13. In fact many of the othgers would be significant (G5-7) if part of a “regular” board meeting. NOW let’s see what they do, but to me we’ve got to give them a chance. This is what so many have been calling for for years, including me, too bad it took this mess to get us here..

  4. DeKalb Inside Out says:

    Permanent Superintendent
    No real progress will be made until we get a permanent Superintendent hired by the new board. Otherwise, the old guard is still running the show. Let’s not forget the undocumented 600 employees Thurmond allegedly reduced from the central office.

    Legal Fees – Heery/Mitchell
    Heery/Mitchell is the lawyer jobs program and a money pit. Once we get rid of that, we’ll be making some progress.

    Students and Teachers
    Can we please get the student teacher ratio down to what the state says is legally acceptable? Teacher furloughs … can we please take care of our teachers and pay them?

    If the BOE ever gets email addresses, we can make these things happen. To date, I’ve noticed the appointed members aren’t anxious to talk to their constituency.

  5. Jeff Parks says:

    When they can publish an agenda without spelling errors I will have hope!

  6. Chamblee Dad says:

    @DIO Agreed on all 3 as priorities, but I do think the agenda is a good launching point – we’ll supposedly hear something about SACS, budget & board fight legal fees, plus several things that are “normal” business, which really hasn’t happened since the 1st of the year. Need to start churning that stuff out at the same time you hit the bigger things, at this point they have to do both at the same time. A Hurculean task for sure.

    I’ve been checking at least a couple if times a day for the new board addresses. If you catch them actually going up, let us all know.

    I’m not really thrilled about the new 6 lining up behind the current 3, esp. with no change in chair/vice, it’s not like they have any more experience running a board meeting. I’d like to see a new vote by all 9. Would be a nice way to set the tone – a new board is in town.

  7. Chamblee Dad says:

    @Jeff Parks If they can have a meeting where everyone appears prepared = actually read all materials to be considered/reviewed ahead of time, and can ask reasonably-coherent questions, that will give me some hope.

  8. Check out the list of new car purchases up for approval using SPLOST IV money – cars for area superintendents and police officers as well as trucks, etc for maintenance. This is in addition to the millions for new buses.

    https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/ViewMeetingOrder.aspx?S=4054&MID=30513
    Rationale

    The voters of DeKalb County approved SPLOST funding to replace the District’s obsolete vehicles and modernize the fleet. The acquisition of these vehicles will improve operational readiness, driver safety and fuel efficiency.

    Quick Summary / Abstract
    Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

    Summary
    This vehicle acquisition supports the requirements of SPLOST IV. The district will use the respective state-wide contract for the purchase of 23 utility trucks, 2 refrigerator trucks, 19 public-safety sedans, 2 dry box trucks, and 15 service sedans. 6 security carts will be purchased using best-price of three quotes. The attached spreadsheet outlines vehicles to be replaced, purchased and associated cost. Following Board Policy DO (School Property Disposal Procedures), all vehicles are valued under $5000 per blue book value (or equivalent), vendor appraisal or bid through govdeals.com. Consequently, all vehicles are declared obsolete for disposal by the Chief Operations Officer.

    Financial Impact
    This purchase is funded under SPLOST IV under charge code (422.74.00.00.620422.752.0000). There is no budgetary impact to the general fund.

  9. Concerned Citizen says:

    I’m suspicious about this move away from the lawsuit. How have we gone from Walker’s lone name to rejection by all the new and semi-new board? I thought their meeting wasn’t until tomorrow night, so maybe all of ’em are having drinks and dinner at McKendrick’s nightly. Is it OK for them to be talking/texting/meeting behind our backs? Well, Walker is now by his lonesome, but I don’t feel one ounce of compassion for him. It surely looks like once a persistent, brave person found out about the vote and all names were accounted for, the law suit is just going to disappear. It’s really coincidental, don’t you think? I have no confidence anyway, but this looks BAD.

    Also, the new board must have a new chair and co-chair. I’m tired of seeing their names and all their antics, both of them!

  10. Curiously, Johnson and McMahan voted “Yes” for the lawsuit; Orson went into hiding so he would not have to go on record with a vote, but that is the same as a “Yes” vote as far as we are concerned. The ONLY person who stood up for what was right and voted “No” was Nancy Jester.

    Now, Orson is quoted as saying, “I always favor a non-judicial approach to resolving issues.” Orson’s sidekick, McMahan, is quoted as saying, “our focus is [to] utilize every penny for student achievement. There are always alternatives to lawsuits.”

    Really, Marshall? Really, Jim? Then why didn’t you pull up your big-boy pants and stand with Nancy to vote “No”?

    We are also fascinated by Orson and McMahan speaking to the press, speaking for the BOE. We thought Elgart put his foot down about that — only the BOE chair could speak for the BOE and to the media. Oh, wait. Maybe Elgart’s Rules don’t apply to Orson and McMahan?

  11. info says:

    Anyone know what’s going on with contracts?

    How is it possible that teachers are getting them on March 25, as announced by the county, unless the old board signed off on them? If so, how are they legit? And does anyone know why teachers will be receiving contracts with daily rates of pay instead of salaries?

  12. A South DeKalb Parent says:

    Why do we have separate law firms when we have a “Chief Legal Officer” on staff making $127K (that was 2012, who knows what it is this year)? What does he do? Is he just an expensive parliamentarian for the board? These policy amendments are being presented by board members at this next meeting (policy amendments on BBFA: Local School Council policy – expanding school council’s role in selecting principal; BC: Board Policy – first Monday of month for Business meetings, January meeting to organize board, clarifying purpose of work sessions, creating Community Meetings for public input; BCBI: Public Participation in Board Mtgs – create meetings for public comments and allow public comments during Meeting of the Whole meetings; BDC: Policy Adoption – clarifying that there is no Board Policy Committee). Interesting stuff, but what does our Chief Legal Officer really do?

    As an aside, thank goodness they are officially considering selling Hooper Alexander and the old admin building and bringing it up quickly. Hooper Alexander is a horrible source of blight on Memorial – and more blight on Memorial is certainly not needed. Maybe a charter school will buy/use it. The unused school properties list is fascinating since there are properties/agreements on there I was unaware of until now (the ~50 year $0 lease of old Clarkston HS behind the library to the Clarkston Community Center, the 40 year $0 lease to the City of Stone Mountain for Rock Gym, the 40 year $0 lease of the Environmental Studies Center to the DeKalb Co Extension Center, the 1 acre of land across the street from the New Life Community Center, the 20+ acres across from Cedar Grove Middle and next to the Sugar Creek golf course). It’s refreshing to see some of this transparency.

    Speaking of transparency, on the SPLOST Purchase Vehicle List, five of the 2013 Ford Fusions (which are all replacing vans and trucks…) are listed under the Regional Superintendent category. Five Regional Superintendents, 5 new Ford Fusions. Are we funding cars for the regional superintendents now or have we done this before?

    Also, why is it that several of the newly hired Teachers have non-renewable certificates that were created when they got the job or are new teachers (less than a year of experience)? Were there really not enough experienced, clear renewable teachers available for these mid-year positions?

    Finally, it is nice to see a budget that looks like a real budget as opposed to the nonsense that was released for years that was never an accurate reflection of the finances or a timely document. In addition to the section about stopping this lawsuit on behalf of the suspended board members on the district’s dime, this meeting and new board are making me feel better already. Now, on to the administration building. Time to let go of some expensive dead weight. As someone once said to me, this is a school district for the education of our children, not an inefficient employment agency for adults. /end rant (Back I go to lurking.)

  13. howdy1942 says:

    DSW2 – Thank you! Thank you! I was wondering the same thing. It seems to me that if that money is NOW best spent on the classroom and students, wasn’t it also best to spend that money in the classroom and on students TWO MONTHS AGO? How naive are McMahon and Orson? Didn’t they have any idea of how mad the board’s decision to fund that lawsuit would make our people? Coming forth now to trumpet how we ought to be spending that money in the classrooms sounds so politically correct! Let’s not forget what they did two months ago and the agony that decision caused our people, the chaos it created in Dekalb County, and the trouble it caused our State Government. Thank goodness that our Governor stood up against the poor decisions as represented by McMahon, Johnson, and Orson.

  14. Very good points, south DeKalb parent! Yes, the budget is looking better – and you’ll notice that the legal fees are pulled out separately and are much more transparent (thank you Nancy Jester…) We don’t know much about contracts, but we did do an extensive report on the blight caused by shuttered schools around the county — read it here:
    https://dekalbschoolwatch.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/dcss-vacant-properties-2/

    It will be an interesting meeting!

  15. ps – below is an email sent by Cheryl Atkinson regarding legal costs incurred from Jan-Oct, 2012. This is part of the FY 2013 (school year 2012-13) so it’s interesting to see how much the legal fees increased in the 4 months leading to the current report (also below).

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    COMPLEX LITIGATION BILLINGS (reported by Atkinson)
    (FEES INCURRED FROM JANUARY, 2012 THROUGH OCTOBER, 2012) Firm Representation Jan. 2012 – Oct. 2012

    Alexander & Associates, Employment Counsel $438,635.17

    Alston & Bird, LLP , Everson v. DCSS
    $16,478.61

    Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP, Workers Compensation
    $70,849.72

    Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson, Counsel for Former BOE Members, Heery Case
    $438,101.68

    Foltz Martin, LLC, Counsel for Former BOE Member Heery Case (Manning-Moon)
    $81,151.33

    Goodman McGuffey Lindsey & Johnson, LLP Counsel for Former Superintendent Lewis, Heery Case
    $21,955.62

    King & Spalding, Counsel for DCSD, Heery Case
    $823,658.82

    Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP, General Counsel
    $416,268.75

    Cheryl L. H. Atkinson, Ed.D.
    Superintendent
    DeKalb County School District

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    Latest report attached to this meeting’s agenda:

    Lawyers;
    ALEXANDER & ASSOCIATES $900,521.50
    BUCKLEY & KLEIN LLP $300,000.00
    DREW ECKL & FARNHAM LLP $128,186.82
    ELARBEE THOMPSON & TRAPNELL $596,537.25
    FOLTZ MARTIN LLC $ 229,293.16
    GOODMAN & GOODMAN LLP $0
    GOODMAN MCGUFFEY LINDSEY $ 94,758.35
    JAMS INC $87,970.04
    KING & SPALDING $1,259,798.03
    SUTHERLAND ASBILL BRENNAN LLP $1,460,986.00
    ZIMRING LAW FIRM IN TRUST FOR $101,717.19

    FROM THE FY13 GENERAL BUDGET REPORT:

    LEGAL FEES
    ORIGINAL BUDGET: $6,300,000
    AMENDED BUDGET: $10,550,000

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    Oh – and BTW – where are the legal fees for Michael Bowers? You know – the lawyer who represented Atkinson in the infamous text message lawsuit where Atkinson’s total lack of text messages resulted in the plaintiff somehow getting her job back?!!

  16. For comparison, below is all we could find in the new report showing what was actually spent on textbooks FY 13 so far (along with the Success For All program $$)

    TEXTBOOKS/BOOKS:
    GLENCOE MCGRAW HILL $ 341,610.84
    GUMDROP BOOKS $41,360.17
    HOUGHTON MIFFLIN $761,600.39
    HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT $ 324,369.56
    LAKESHORE LEARNING MATERIALS $141,746.30
    LEARNING LABS INC $259,399.27
    MCDOUGAL LITTELL $461,274.15
    NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SCHOOL $319,645.14
    NCS PEARSON – PEARSON DIGITAL $432,779.75
    NCS PEARSON – $889,033.60
    PEARSON $161,041.84
    PEARSON EDUCATION $ 124,670.66
    PEARSON RESOLVE $1,186,911.66
    ROSETTA STONE LTD $82,800.00
    SCHOLASTIC EDUCATION $241,401.35

    SUCCESS FOR ALL FOUNDATION $500,000.00

  17. AND THE COST OF THAT AUDIT WE WEREN’T ALLOWED TO HAVE A COPY OF:
    KPMG LLP $191,692.50

  18. There is also a lot of money in the budget for testing. In fact, we’ve discovered that the school library at at least one ES is closed this week so kids can come in and take a state survey about their teacher! They have to get on the computer, with a person [not their teacher] facilitating, and answer questions about their teacher’s teaching ability. Seriously. Like “My teacher cares about my learning,” “My teacher encourages me to do difficult things in class” and “My teacher’s good at helping me understand.” !!?

  19. What's Up? says:

    Why is Nancy Jester live blogging the next meeting? This is Gene Walker territory. That is if he could figure out how. This should be below N.J. The fact that she even thinks this is a good idea or even proper should be considered if she ever runs for higher office.

    What IS up with that Nancy? Shouldn’t you bow out gracefully?

  20. And – anyone interested can download the fee agreement with Mr. Wilson for his firm’s legal fees on the case against the Governor.

    https://dekalbschoolwatch.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/fee-agreement-wilson_-morton-_-downs_-llc.pdf

    As far as we can tell, even though the board voted to spend something like $50,000 a month, the actual contract is open-ended and hourly. There is no cap. They could possibly have everyone in the firm working on the case and billing the taxpayers of DeKalb for it.

  21. PI says:

    @ What’s Up:
    Maybe you and I are approaching the same event with different ideas in mind, because I don’t see how NJ staying informed and keeping everyone else informed is a bad thing, especially with the number of times DSW has asked others to help monitor the meetings so that we can have as much coverage as possible of the things said and the motions made. Now if she has a hidden agenda, that’s her thing — for me, that seems a far less likely scenario though.

    Why shouldn’t Nancy live blog the next meeting?

    Just because she’s out doesn’t mean she shouldn’t keep an interest in what’s happening. She has a unique opportunity of taking all of her previous knowledge and applying it to the new happenings (as an observer) and being able to offer new opinions.

  22. Atlanta Media Guy says:

    So Maureen Downey chastises Nancy for Live blogging the meeting tonight, yet she gives Dr. Walker a forum for him to express his opinions. Wow!

  23. Concerned Citizen says:

    A South DeKalb Parent: I have been really trying to tell everybody, even the Supt, had HR is hiring anybody they wantnd and giving them temporary certificates while others with full certfication are being told otherwise. I just can’t get anybody to listen to what HR is doing. Ignoring SACS standards and filling up our classroom with subs.

  24. We applaud Nancy for setting up a live blog. We don’t think anyone else is doing one this time and they are a great reporting tool (wonder why Maureen doesn’t do one herself?!). In fact, we encourage people to participate! We will also be blogging here – the regular way – in the comments! See you all at 6 pm!

    [FWIW, Nancy did say in her blog that although she had been dismissed by the Governor, she would still remain involved. Further, Nancy voted NO to suing the state and NO to hiring more lawyers. She and Pam and we believe Jim were the only NO votes. We suggest you think about who the YES or absent votes were. Some are currently on the board. One is the current chair.]

  25. bettyandveronica1 says:

    Concerned Citizen, i urge you to attend the meeting tonite and bring your proof and speak during the citizen comments section. Usually there is a signup out side the meeting. You must get there early to get a spot, other wise it will be taken up with folks like zepora roberts or the man who discusses allah and bring his kids up with him…
    You should not call anyone out by name. But it is very important to have this brought to light. The new board needs to hear it. When your time is up, walk over and give the information for each board member to the security officer to the left of the dais.

  26. bettyandveronica1 says:

    Another way to speak is to call Margaret Francois, the board secretary, today to get on the sheet.

  27. Concernedmom30329 says:

    no public comment tonight

  28. whyaminotsurprised says:

    Does anyone know what the “amendments to bylaws & policies” that Orson & McMahan are presenting?

  29. dsw2contributor says:

    DSW2 @March 20, 2013 at 12:19 AM — “Yes, the budget is looking better”.

    As usual for DCS, things are not how they appear due to backroom shenanigans. For the real story, head over to your local school and ask the principal and/or school bookkeeper how *their* school budget is looking.

    At the beginning of the year, each school receives a purchase-card account. The amount of money put into that account is determined by the school’s enrollment – the more students the school has, the more money budgeted for the school. The account is then used to buy supplies for that individual school — when a school runs low on paper or other needed supplies, the bookkeeper uses the purchase card to pay for more.

    A few weeks ago, central office froze the school purchase card accounts and took back all the unspent money from the accounts. In other words, they robbed from the local schools to make the central office’s books look better.

    Now, if a school runs out of paper or other needed supply, the Principal has to personally call Ms. March and subject themselves to her intimidation and bullying while they beg her for badly needed supplies.

  30. dekalbite2 says:

    @concerned citizen
    “A South DeKalb Parent: I have been really trying to tell everybody, even the Supt, had HR is hiring anybody they wantnd and giving them temporary certificates while others with full certfication are being told otherwise. I just can’t get anybody to listen to what HR is doing. Ignoring SACS standards and filling up our classroom with subs”

    Why don’t you write this p as a post and send it to Dekalb School Watch and see if they want to publish this as its own thread? At the top of this page on the right hand side menu bar there is an option called – Email this Blog. Click on that and send them your comments. Ask them if they would consider this as its own post or thread.

  31. dsw2contributor says:

    A South DeKalb Parent @ March 19, 2013 at 9:29 PM – “Also, why is it that several of the newly hired Teachers have non-renewable certificates that were created when they got the job or are new teachers (less than a year of experience)?”

    My understanding is that DCS is only hiring teachers who are willing to work for substitute wages. Even if a teacher has a certificate and considerable experience, DCS will only pay him/her substitute wages.

  32. DeKalb Inside Out says:

    Communication
    No public comments? No communication from any board members? Please tell me they aren’t going dark and running silent.

  33. Chamblee Dad says:

    My previous comment “If they can have a meeting where everyone appears prepared = actually read all materials to be considered/reviewed ahead of time, and can ask reasonably-coherent questions, that will give me some hope” gets a “thumbs down? Really – Is that you Eugene? Or maybe SCW – who it was mainly directed at? I can take criticism but thumbs down to being prepared for a very important meeting? Made me giggle.

  34. Chamblee Dad says:

    @DIO I see that while there is no info. on new board on DCSS website, not even a list of names it’s all “updates coming soon . . .” – the staff directory now has their names if you search, BUT that’s it, no e-mail addresses, classic.

  35. Looks like they are going dark. Their names and official contact information still have not been published. How long could it take to put that up? Surely someone in DCSS’s overpaid, bloated IT department could have found time since the Governor’s official announcement. We will know for sure if the BOE is going dark and incommunicado if tonight’s BOE meeting is not televised.

    Tune in at 6 PM to one of the sources listed below and find out:

    Live blogging right here on DeKalb School Watch
    Live blogging on Nancy Jester’s blog — http://whatsupwiththat.nancyjester.com/2013/03/19/335/
    http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/pds-tv24 (live streaming)
    Comcast channel 24

    BTW — the Patch is going to broadcast Nancy Jester’s live blog feed from their website.

  36. Atlanta Media Guy says:

    DIO & Dad, The old Ramona Tyson IT web warriors strike again! I guess they have that former BOE chairs son working on this project. They have to find the guy first and then show him how to input the information. Remember folks, this is the same bunch that likes to edit minutes from meetings or just lose them. Nice job Palace! I am sure Mr. Thurmond will be singing your praises tonight on cable access 24!

    How will staff send the answers to the BOEs questions they get tonight. It should be fun to watch.! I will record it on my DVR, in case Philandrea Guilroy forgets to hit record and Dr. Walkers kin forgets to take minutes by accident.

  37. Oh, AMG … silly you! They never answer those questions. Remember? Nancy Jester was dumped from the BOE, by Governor Deal who, in spite of the current law, kept Orson, Johnson and McMahan, because Deal and his advisors (i.e., Elgart) thought Nancy was “too aggressive” and that she “upset staff” when she asked basic questions about budget and personnel.

  38. John Dewey III says:

    In the AJC story Ty Tagami reported that Mr. Thurmond stated that the county has a 40 – 50 million dollar “exposure” possible if the DCSS loses the TSA annuity case … The new leadership should look at this correctly; the TSA annuity is the teachers’ money, owed to them in lieu of Social Security — and illegally halted by DCSS. The new leadership should be eager to re-pay the wronged teachers and make this right, not fight the “exposure” in court — just pay all the missing step raises and the pay back the missing TSA contributions, end the furlough days, get the DeKalb tax money back into the 7,000 teachers hands so they can teach 100,000 students, and then you can give whatever is left over to the skulking vultures and parasites from the Friends and Family and the country club law firms…..

  39. Chamblee Dad says:

    @AMG Funny! I had just posted on AJC “Perhaps they are installing a new mail server to handle the volume. And that would explain the delay – the crack IT Dept. – that might take awhile. Maybe Tyson should do it herself?”

    Minutes? We don’t need no stinkin’ minutes.

  40. Atlanta Media Guy says:

    Hey Mr. Dewey! Thank Ramona Tyson, she was the brilliant one who balanced the budget on the backs of teachers two years in a row, she learned from Clew and Atkinson was thinking about doing it again. Get the budget, lower class sizes and get books and equipment to the schools first, then what ever is left fund the friends and family at the Palace.

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