Take the survey – and leave comments here!


DeKalb County Council of PTAs is conducting a survey to record your views on our school district and its progress. The survey is open now through October 31, 2014. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts.

To take the survey, click here. Thank you for your support.


Take the PTA survey – and then say what you really think in the comments below…

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9 Responses to Take the survey – and leave comments here!

  1. DecaturMax says:

    Not much of a survey. No place for complaints outside of the few questions

  2. momfromhe11 says:


  3. howdy1942 says:

    When will the results be posted?

  4. Well, Howdy – no one at the PTA has said if or when they will post the results. That’s why we asked people to post here on this blog for all the world to see. We don’t keep comments a secret…

  5. deecab2bad says:

    I did the survey, but I realize that it is an exercise in shouting into the void. Since when has DeKalb ever paid any attention to what parents want?

  6. From Thomasville Times >>

    100 B-G-T Black Tie Gala set
    125 N. Broad St. Thomasville GA
    By the Rev. Arthur L. Jones III

    THOMASVILLE — The 100 Black Men of Brooks-Grady-and-Thomas Counties Inc. will conduct its first Black Tie Banquet and Gala at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Grand Ballroom on the fifth floor of the Business Exchange Building, 125 N. Broad St. in downtown Thomasville.

    The gala’s theme will be “Reclaiming Our Youth.” The guest speaker will be Michael Thurmond, superintendent of DeKalb County Schools and past Georgia Department of Labor commissioner. Thurmond also served as Georgia Department of Family and Children Services commissioner.

    The banquet portion of the evening’s festivities will include a catered meal and music. Several local businesses, corporations and organizational partners will be recognized by members of the 100 B-G-T.

    Tickets are $35 and available from any member of the organization. Group reservations and corporate tables are also available.

    More information about the 100 Black Men of America Inc. can be found on its website: http://www.100blackmen.org.

    Those interested in volunteering with, contributing financially to, or joining the 100 Black Men of Brooks-Grady-and-Thomas Counties, Inc. can follow them on Twitter @100BlackmenBGT or email at: 100BGTsecretary@gmail.com.

    The organization’s Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-100-Black-Men-of-Brooks-Grady-and-Thomas-Counties/1541495619397353.


  7. Sigh — and in addition to our current self-promoter of a superintendent, we have our former superintendent who got away scot free with pilfering the school system for his personal (very personal) benefit. And it seems the ‘leaders’ of DeKalb fully support him…

    Community leaders stand by former DeKalb schools’ chief Crawford Lewis

    Led by former DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown, the group of leaders gathered at the DeKalb County Courthouse gazebo in Decatur on Oct. 28 to hold a news conference and oppose DeKalb Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker’s actions. During sentencing last year, Becker rejected a plea agreement with prosecutors to allow Lewis to serve probation in exchange for his testimony as the star witness in the school district’s racketeering and theft case. Becker instead sentenced Lewis to one year in jail.

    On Oct. 24, the Georgia Court of Appeals overturned Becker’s decision, ruling in Lewis’ favor. The appeals court said “the record shows that the state had made a negotiated plea recommendation and that the trial judge went along with this recommendation at the time she accepted the deal.”

    “Crawford Lewis did nothing wrong from a felony standpoint. We believe Crawford Lewis is a good man,” said Brown. “We believe Crawford Lewis, who is now a broken man financially, a broken man spiritually, has suffered enough.”

    Said Brown: “A judge who is an impartial, objective person whose sole job is to manage that courtroom, to control the flow of information that a jury would hear in order to make a decision to convict or acquit that person. That is what a judge is supposed to do. If a judge is not happy with that decision, then so be it. That’s the checks and balances of our criminal justice system.”

    Lewis has said he testified truthfully in the case, which has dragged on five years.

    “We believe former DeKalb County Superintendent Crawford Lewis truthfully testified before a grand jury and should be granted the agreed upon plea,” said District Attornet Robert James.

    After the appellate court’s decision, Becker ordered the release of former schools construction chief Pat Reid and her ex-husband Tony Pope, an architect, who were found guilty of defrauding the school district of more than $1 million.

    Reid was sentenced to 15 years in prison, while Pope received eight years. They were to be released from prison immediately, but had not as of Oct. 30.

    If they receive new trials, the court of appeals also suggested that Becker’s recusal may be warranted.

    James has filed a motion for Becker to vacate her order.

  8. For some history on the relationship between Dr. Lewis and Pat Pope, read this testimony given by Pat during the prelim investigation of the Heery Mitchell trial. It shows that Crawford knew exactly what he was doing. He hired Pat Pope pretending to have done a ‘national’ search (old meeting minutes show his request to hire her – maybe some kind of FOI can be requested for the search firm’s supposed report?) – he didn’t really do a search though – or the firm submitted a lie. She was also the VP of Tony Pope’s architecture company at the time. Lewis already also had Pat employed as a SPLOST consultant – as Pat Reid (not Pope). It’s on her application. She testified about it. Why would they pretend they didn’t even know each other? Also, the contracts that were extended to Tony Pope were signed off on by Lewis. The judge is correct – Crawford Lewis is not a truth teller. At least not the ‘whole’ truth. He is sly like a fox. It wasn’t easy, but he got himself off pretty much scot free.

    DeKalb County School Watch: Some testimony for your reading pleasure

  9. howdy1942 says:

    A note for Former Sheriff Thomas Brown – Crawford Lewis was in charge of the Dekalb County School System. He knew what he was doing and, I’m convinced, he knew it was wrong. He tried to get Pat Pope fired, so he knew that what she was doing was wrong. And he aided that process. He had a choice – he could have done what was right and stopped Pope in her tracks. He didn’t – he, on his own, chose to aid that process. That violated our laws and it doesn’t matter that he is a broken man financially or spiritually – he must face the consequences for violating the laws that he knew he was breaking. Sheriff Brown is yet another example that confuses forgiveness with consequences.

    Dekalb County, through no fault of its own, has suffered enormously from what Lewis did. It is still suffering. Our school system almost lost its accreditation and that would have inflicted untold damage and suffering on innocent students. Think about students who could not have gotten into the colleges of their choice or those who perhaps could not have even had any such opportunity. And they are innocent – they had no choice as Lewis did. Frankly, I’m getting tired of all these people who seem to be so concerned about the fate of Crawford Lewis and remain completely silent on the damage that he has caused this County. He has his fate in his own hands, he chose to do what he did and, when he did that, he also chose to face the consequences of his decisions.

    There are many of us who lost a lot in investments as a result of the Great Recession which, in large measure, was brought on by greed and even corruption on the part of banking executives. But we had a choice – our investments were voluntary and under our control. We had no choice but to pay our taxes to support these people who committed these crimes. Lewis and Pope were servants of the public who were required to pay them – they betrayed us. And worse, they betrayed our kids and almost inflicted untold damages on them. So let’s cut this “forgiveness” talk.

    Robert James made a big mistake in even attempting to reach a plea deal with Lewis. In reading the published accounts, there was a paper trail and other evidence that would have convicted Pope and her husband – there was no need for that deal. I wish that Judge Becker would have simply rejected any such deal and told James to try his case. Robert James did not perform very well in either the Lewis case or the Ellis case. And that also may be part of the problem.

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