Governor Deal Selects Michael Thurmond to join other leaders on Education Advisory Board
Today, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal appointed Michael Thurmond to join 13 other school superintendents and education leaders including principals, teachers, and school board members from around the state to the Education Advisory Board. The Board will meet with the governor and his staff over the next year to “provide input on education policy issues facing the state.”
The Board’s first meeting is scheduled for Wed., Jan. 7, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at the State Capitol.
“I am honored to serve on the Governor’s Education Advisory Board and take seriously the Governor’s mandate to ‘help our state continue to strive for educational excellence,’” said Mr. Thurmond. “The DeKalb County School District has made significant progress in addressing critical issues facing Georgia public education from fiscal management, academic growth and achievement, school safety, diversity, and poverty.”
Mr. Thurmond pointed out the District’s achievements since Feb. 2013 when he was appointed by the Board of Education:
- Eliminated $14 million deficit and created a $40 million reserve fund with no tax increase
- Improved school safety with the only dedicated resource officers assigned to elementary schools
- Established three of the District’s four STEM certified schools including the first STEM middle school in the state
- Placed three elementary schools in the top 25 of the state’s more than 2,000 elementary schools for academic achievement
- Improved graduation rates by more than five percentage points over two years
“I applaud Gov. Deal for including our Superintendent in a broad cross-section of education leaders from around the state to offer first-hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing Georgia’s public school system,” said Dr. Melvin Johnson, Chair of the DeKalb County Board of Education.
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