New, smaller School Board to take oath of office on Jan. 5
DeKalb’s new and smaller School Board will take the oath of office on Jan. 5.
The 2015 board, reduced to seven members from nine by state legislators, will be the county’s first elected board in two years.
Stan Jester, District 1; Marshall Orson, District 2; Dr. Michael Erwin, District 3; Jim McMahan, District 4; Vickie Turner, District 5; Dr. Melvin Johnson, District 6; and Joyce Morley, District 7, will be sworn in at a ceremony at the district’s headquarters in Stone Mountain.
Jester talks budget, down-sizing for DeKalb school system
Jester, who ran unopposed in the May primary, said putting money and focus back into the classroom and balancing the system’s budget were his reasons for seeking the position.
“My focus has always been the classroom and pushing money back into it,” he said. “I believe that we need competent leadership with a decentralized approach to governance, personnel and financial decisions and I believe we need to maximize the amount of money going to the classroom and minimize what we spend on the central office.”
Jester said his goals now include advocating for reducing class sizes and giving county teachers a raise.
Numbers on CCRPI vary between DeKalb, Decatur school districts
Scores for the College & Career Ready Performance Index have been released and the City Schools of Decatur again surpassed the state average with a cumulative score of 87.3; the state average is 72. The DeKalb County School District has a cumulative score of 61.9
DeKalb school board member refuses fingerprint check by district
Stan Jester, a newly-elected DeKalb County School Board member, says he will only submit to a fingerprint and background check done by the DeKalb County Police Department, not the school district.
“It is a conflict of interest to be investigated by the agency I was elected to oversee. It should be done by a third party. That is what I have done,” Jester said to Channel 2’s Rachel Stockman in an email.
I appreciate political gadflies. Most reporters do.
In my 30 years of covering local government in three states, I’ve seen some notable gadflies in action. Gadflies enliven dull county commission meetings. They provide great quotes to perk up a school board story. They infuse drama into budget hearings.
Here’s what they often don’t do: Accomplish anything of note.
Because when you’re always battling, you aren’t building. It takes consensus-building to get things done. Shaking your fist in the air is not as effective as extending your hand.
Stan Jester ought to keep that in mind.
Sigh. So essentially, our test scores are in the tank, especially when compared to Decatur (in DeKalb) and the rest of the state. Yet, the news of the day is swirling around the fact that one new board member, Stan Jester, declined to be fingerprinted by the DCSS staff. He did secure a background check from the Dunwoody police and posted it on his website, as well as schedule a fingerprinting appointment with the DeKalb County Police, however, this somehow irked the powers that be (administrative? other board members?) so much that they ‘leaked’ this ‘story’ to the press. And sadly, the press ate it up. Well, it did manage to take the spotlight off of the test scores. But… really?