School board nominates superintendent search committee

Here we go! We now have the committee. So, who has been chosen to choose?

Search committee members and the board member who chose them —

Mr. Stan Jester  District 1  Rick Callihan Al Tiede
Mr. Marshall Orson District 2 Carolyn Finnerty Betty Willis
Dr. Michael Erwin District 3 Urcel Ray Fields Katherine Kelbaugh
Mr. James McMahan District 4 Michelle Penkava Al Edwards
Mrs. Vickie Turner District 5 William Boone Eliezer Velez
Dr. Melvin Johnson District 6 Lance L. Hammonds John Evans
Dr. Joyce Morley District 7 Gwen Johnson Kerwin Lee, Senior Pastor

Also serving (elected at-large) are: Rhina Fernandes Williams, Asst. Professor of Multicultural Education, GA State and Barbara Lee, citizen Read the rest of the story here >> School board nominates superintendent search committee

Check out their credentials here >> DeKalb County School District – Superintendent Search Community Liaison Group Nominations

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  1. Refugee from DCSS says:

    Melvin Johnson chose John Evans for this committee. So now we know the absolute racial criteria will be enforced no matter what anyone else says. smh

  2. Remember when John Evans urged the board to do something completely illegal — i.e., skip the straightforward bid process to choose only black-owned businesses? That alone should eliminate him from ever serving on any school-related committee.

    John Evans illustrates why we are so discouraged about the future of DeKalb schools

    Evans said, “I know that realistically that in a normal straight forward bid process [black firms] won’t make it. I know we won’t make it.” Evans went on to suggest they “massage” the process to make sure we have black representation.

    … And in a later interview with Channel 2’s Richard Belcher:

    “Belcher – But isn’t this asking for something you might not win in open competition?

    Evans – Yes.

    Belcher – How does that help?

    Evans – It helps somebody make some money for Christ’s sake.

    Interesting to think that he was nominated by the chair, Melvin Johnson, who also negotiated the $10,000+ per month lease to New Birth Church for the DeKalb Leadership Prep Academy charter school.

  3. Bucky Rogers says:

    What are these committee members’ qualifications? Are any of them current or former teachers or school-building-level administrators?

  4. Refugee from DCSS says:

    I recognize at least one former teacher on the list.

  5. @Bucky >> Click the link at the bottom of the post that says, “check out their credentials” and you can see everyone’s basic info.

    (here is the link again >> https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/meetings/TempFolder/Meetings/DCSD%20Community%20Liaison%20Group%20Members%2002.27.2015_595234ti50otfk1zubeyzco1e02d45.pdf

  6. We will repost the entire list from the link for those on phones who don’t want to click a link >>

    PROACT SEARCH
    800.944.6129 | http://www.PROACTSearch.com
    DeKalb County School District–Superintendent Search
    Community Liaison Group Nominations

    Below, please find the finalized list of nominations for the Community Liaison Group. The list has been organized alphabetically by nominee name.

    Boone, William — Political Science Department, Professor at Clark Atlanta University
    Callihan, Rick — CEO and Owner of Ameriglo
    Edwards, Al — 2015 President Elect, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
    Evans, John — President, DeKalb NAACP
    Fernandes Williams, Rhina — Asst. Professor of Multicultural Education, Georgia State University
    Fields, Urcel — Vice President of Network Management, Amerigroup
    Finnerty, Carolyn — Parent
    Hammonds, Lance — NorFalco Account Manager – South Atlantic Region
    Johnson, Gwen — Citizen
    Lee, Barbara — Retired DCSD Educator
    Kelbaugh, Katherine — Principal, The Museum School
    Lee, Kerwin — Pastor, Berean Christian Church
    Penkava, Michelle — Representative of Parent Councils United
    Tiede, Al — CEO & Owner of Horizon Windows Atlanta
    Velez, Eliezer — Managing Director of Youth Programs, Latin American Association
    Willis, Betty — SVP Emory University

  7. @Refugee: Yes, Barbara Lee is a retired educator. In fact, she is the educator who filed ethics charges against Nancy Jester as a commissioner for voting against George Turner to fill the interim District 5 seat now being held by Lee May, CEO of DeKalb. She said Nancy was standing in the way of District 5 voters having representation in the county. Weeks later, John Evans also filed those same ethics charges against Nancy Jester, Kathy Gannon and Jeff Rader for voting against Catherine Rice, the next contestant presented for the District 5 seat. However, Nancy and the others voted FOR Ms. Rice. Larry Johnson, Sharon Barnes Sutton, and Stan Watson voted against Ms. Rice, as did Lee May even though he had nominated Catherine Rice for the District 5 seat. Curiouser and curiouser. We are wondering if John Evans will refile with those names (i.e., Johnson, Sutton, Watson). Betting not.

    Of course, these charges all go on to the ethics committee and DeKalb taxpayers will pay them to sort it out.

  8. Getting back to John Evans… Interestingly, our board chair who continues to bully and belittle Stan Jester, withholding his paycheck, email and access to healthcare, for not submitting to the HR’s background check, insisting that it’s different somehow from the two Stan has provided from the Dunwoody Police and the GBI [which included a national search which turned up squeaky clean], has nominated an ACTUAL CONVICTED FELON to the superintendent search committee.

    John H. EVANS, Jr., Petitioner v. UNITED STATES.

    504 U.S. 255 (112 S.Ct. 1881, 119 L.Ed.2d 57)

    John H. EVANS, Jr., Petitioner v. UNITED STATES.

    No. 90-6105.

    Argued: Dec. 9, 1991.

    Decided: May 26, 1992.

    As part of an investigation of allegations of public corruption in Georgia, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent posing as a real estate developer initiated a number of conversations with petitioner Evans, an elected member of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners. The agent sought Evans’ assistance in an effort to rezone a tract of land and gave him, inter alia, $7,000 in cash, which Evans failed to report on his state campaign-financing disclosure form or his federal income tax return. Evans was convicted in the District Court of, among other things, extortion under the Hobbs Act, which is “the obtaining of property from another, . . . induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right,” 18 U.S.C. 1951(b)(2).

    * Petitioner [John Evans] was an elected member of the Board of Commissioners of DeKalb County, Georgia. During the period between March 1985 and October 1986, as part of an effort by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate allegations of public corruption in the Atlanta area, particularly in the area of rezonings of property, an FBI agent posing as a real estate developer talked on the telephone and met with petitioner on a number of occasions. Virtually all, if not all, of those conversations were initiated by the agent and most were recorded on tape or video. In those conversations, the agent sought petitioner’s assistance in an effort to rezone a 25-acre tract of land for high-density residential use. On July 25, 1986, the agent handed petitioner cash totaling $7,000 and a check, payable to petitioner’s campaign, for $1,000. Petitioner reported the check, but not the cash, on his state campaign-financing disclosure form; he also did not report the $7,000 on his 1986 federal income tax return. Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the Government, as we must in light of the verdict, see Glasser v. United States, 315 U.S. 60, 80, 62 S.Ct. 457, 469-470, 86 L.Ed. 680 (1942), we assume that the jury found that petitioner accepted the cash knowing that it was intended to ensure that he would vote in favor of the rezoning application and that he would try to persuade his fellow commissioners to do likewise. Thus, although petitioner did not initiate the transaction, his acceptance of the bribe constituted an implicit promise to use his official position to serve the interests of the bribe-giver.

  9. Continuing …

    * Petitioner was an elected member of the Board of Commissioners of DeKalb County, Georgia. During the period between March 1985 and October 1986, as part of an effort by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate allegations of public corruption in the Atlanta area, particularly in the area of rezonings of property, an FBI agent posing as a real estate developer talked on the telephone and met with petitioner on a number of occasions. Virtually all, if not all, of those conversations were initiated by the agent and most were recorded on tape or video. In those conversations, the agent sought petitioner’s assistance in an effort to rezone a 25-acre tract of land for high-density residential use. On July 25, 1986, the agent handed petitioner cash totaling $7,000 and a check, payable to petitioner’s campaign, for $1,000. Petitioner reported the check, but not the cash, on his state campaign-financing disclosure form; he also did not report the $7,000 on his 1986 federal income tax return. Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the Government, as we must in light of the verdict, see Glasser v. United States, 315 U.S. 60, 80, 62 S.Ct. 457, 469-470, 86 L.Ed. 680 (1942), we assume that the jury found that petitioner accepted the cash knowing that it was intended to ensure that he would vote in favor of the rezoning application and that he would try to persuade his fellow commissioners to do likewise. Thus, although petitioner did not initiate the transaction, his acceptance of the bribe constituted an implicit promise to use his official position to serve the interests of the bribe-giver.

  10. From the AJC Blog >>

    Lee May, we need to know the results of the internal investigation into what happened with the Snapfinger Phase I Construction Project.

    We need to know if the county has investigated the three contractors that gave cash money to Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall. Have they been placed on the ineligible vendor list or do they keep getting contracts?

    Dekalb Chamber of Commerce, your new leader, Al Edwards is one of these contractors. He was also recently elected to a panel to choose our new school superintendent.

    STOP THE MADNESS!

    http://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/purchasing/pdf/supplierList.pdf
    CORPORATE ENVIRONMENTAL RISK MANAGEMENT
    Albert Edwards
    aedwards@cerm.com
    Construction Firm

  11. howdy1942 says:

    You know, things could certainly be so much improved for everyone in Dekalb County if the Legislature would simply split it into two parts – the area north of U.S. 78 and that south of U.S. 78 and allow the State to vote to split the DCSS into the same two parts. The County Commission is split 4-3 as is the school board. So many of the issues discussed on this blog would simply go away. It is not serving the interests of either group to continue arguing to the benefit of the media and the embarrassment of all. Folks, this is not about race – it is about two groups whose views are hopelessly deadlocked in firm opposition to the other. This endless bickering has got to end – it is destroying Dekalb County and disrupting everyone’s lives. Enough is enough!

  12. PSDad says:

    McMahan is a complete lemming. I can’t believe that district 4 re-elected this guy. How hard could it be for that district to find a candidate that has a college degree and enough intelligence and confidence to make decisions that aren’t (obviously) primarily influenced by the desire to avoid conflict.

  13. dsw2contributor says:

    Watching the “search” (over the last few months) makes me believe that the fix is in. I had assumed the job was going to be given to a senior Palace administrator, but after watching Sunday’s “The Georgia Gang” (http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/17343190/the-georgia-gang) I’m not so sure. Thurmond seems out to get the permanent job for himself.

    I don’t think “Georgia Gang” episodes are posted online, so here is what happened. About 2/3rds of the way thru the program, Dick Williams transitioned to the topic of “good news for Dekalb students” (SAC’s moving DCSS closer to full accreditation).

    Williams said he was going to let Jeff Dickerson take the next question since Dickerson used to be DCSS spokesperson. Dickerson hedged and said something that seemed to imply he was (or would be again) on the DCSS payroll. I don’t remember exactly how Dickerson described his role, but he said something to the effect of he is on, then he isn’t on, then he is on again.

    Williams then threw a softball to Dickerson: Since Thurmond’s done such a great job, why not just hire him as the permanent superintendent. Dickerson lapped it up and made several positive comments about Thurmond’s performance.

    None of the panelists really objected to the idea of Thurmond becoming permanent. Alexis Scott did point out that Thurmond lacks education credentials. Substitute panelist Meagan Hanson (http://www.bcntlaw.com/our-team/meagan-m-hanson) suggested that maybe Thurmond might not want to stay — she suggested he might be the type of person who likes to turn something around, then move onto another challenge.

  14. Sarah says:

    PSDad – I’m a district 4 resident who only voted for McMahan in the runoff after my favorite candidate did not make the cut. We had two incumbents in that race due to the loss of the two super districts. I was dismayed by the outcome, to say the least.

  15. Ramona >> We are so proud! We’ve moved from Accredited Probation to Accredited Warned to Accredited Advisement. One notch from unconditional accreditation. We have had as many as 14 required actions and now we have 3. We have an opportunity to become ‘normal’…

    Marshall Orson remains concerned about statements made by SACS. Are these demands reasonable?

    Thurmond – all due respect, I don’t see this as a demand. The most important is school board members undermining…

  16. howdy1942 says:

    Well, just when we didn’t think things could get any worse in Dekalb County, they did! Now we have a new scandal involving the Development Board and reaching all the way to, once again, Stan Watson. This County’s government and school system is on the verge of imploding. It’s been going on for at least 15 years and there is absolutely no way that either the school system or the government is going to be fixed within Dekalb County. wouldn’t be surprised at all if this whole superintendent search is rigged! I have never believed that Thurmond would actually leave on June 30, 2015. Our highest echelon of government is feeding at the trough of corruption. They are self-serving, deceiving the taxpayers, and enriching themselves at the cost of all of our People – of all races! This isn’t about race – it is about good vs. evil.

    If it is ever going to be fixed, it is going to take some outside entity to come in and fix it. At least my former Commissioner had the guts to simply resign. I just wish that some of the others would do the same. This is all so sickening, disgusting, and insulting. Our People are not being served.

    +++

    DSW Note >> Read more about this deal here >>

    Fishy document reaps big bucks for DeKalb Co. official
    Posted: 4:59 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

  17. Mildred says:

    Let’s see about Barbara Lee …..
    Hmmm…..
    When she was a Math teacher at SWD, she held SAT workshops that students paid for. Her students included. Can you say “joke”? The students would have been better served (and saved money) by just buying the “SAT Prep Book” and studying it on their own. NOTE: You are not supposed to get paid for “tutoring” your own students.
    When she was a Math teacher at SWD teaching Magnet students (can you say “joke”?), she relied on copious note-taking by students via an overhead projector. Students laughed and laughed at her because while she wrote on the overhead, her boobs erased what she wrote. She was oblivious. NOTE: Teachers were not supposed to rely on lecture to teach their students.
    When she was a principal at an elementary school in DeKalb County, she was such a joke (I know you can say it now) that she had to be replaced after numerous parental complaints. (We won’t talk about the physical threats to her person.)
    Ah, let’s see, in order to save space and time, we’ll just mention her tenure at the Department of Education (LOL, that joke is funny).
    Anyway, it is not surprising to see her in league with John Evans and involved in race-related “legal” actions. That she is one of the very few individuals on this committee in a county as populated as DeKalb clearly indicates the path this committee will take.
    There is absolutely NO HOPE for DeKalb County Schools. These race-baiters would like to make it a white vs. black thing, but it really is a black vs. black thing. The students/communities that really suffer from the incredible bad management at the County Office are those in South DeKalb, and they are 99% black.
    Pathetic.

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  19. Word Wall says:

    Clarke County, Georgia’s Superintendent of Schools Mr. Philip Lanoue was just named National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators. Is he being recruited to lead Dekalb County schools? Sounds like the perfect candidate.

  20. Great info from the Georgia Pundit’s post >>
    http://gapundit.com/2015/03/03/georgia-politics-campaigns-and-elections-for-march-3-2015/

    I’m pretty sure the John Evans named to the Superintendent Search Committee is the same John Evans who was convicted of accepting a bribe. Mr. Evans is by all accounts living a fine life on the right side of the law. As a political geek’s footnote, it was Bob Barr, as United States Attorney, who oversaw the Evans trial.

    But the appearance of having someone who previously was convicted of official corruption helping to choose the successor to a Superintendent who pled guilty to a misdemeanor after being charged with official corruption is questionable at best.

    In recent weeks we’ve seen a DeKalb County Commissioner and her husband plead guilty to federal corruption and mail fraud charges respectively, for a scheme to fleece taxpayers out of thousands of dollars. Our elected CEO awaits retrial after a hung jury in his first corruption trial. Two weeks ago, another former DeKalb County official pled guilty to accepting a bribe for actions on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

    Then there’s the mysterious ethics memo that miracled its way into existence. And this. Anyone who doesn’t expect more indictments in DeKalb County very soon might be delusional. It’s like we’re living out GoodFellas.

    On the other hand, maybe it’s not just the “appearance” of corruption. John Evans, convicted felon and president of the DeKalb County NAACP, is on record publicly urging the school board to “look past qualifications and a straight forward bid process” and hire a “black firm”. Evans said, “in a normal straight forward bid process [black firms] won’t make it. I know we won’t make it.” Evans went on to suggest they [DeKalb School Board] “massage the process to make sure we have black representation.” Evans is urging the school board to conduct illegal activity.

    Also, for an update on the Crawford Lewis trial go here >> http://www.ajc.com/news/local-education/crawford-lewis-appeals-court-ruling/

  21. Reading Philip Lanoue’s bio, we believe he certainly sounds highly qualified. A real catch for DeKalb County Schools. Here’s why, though, he won’t even be considered for the job of superintendent of DeKalb County Schools:
    1. He is white.
    2. He is superintendent of Clarke County Schools where Michael Thurmond graduated.
    3. He is white.
    4. He has a real master’s degree and a real Ph.D. from real universities.
    5. And did we mention that Lanoue is white?

  22. howdy1942 says:

    The bottom line for this school board and this search committee is that they have got to get this selection right. I don’t care what race or color the new superintendent or whether it is a male or female – it just has to be right. We cannot afford another process like that which brought us Cheryl Atkinson or can we afford someone who is not qualified. I don’t even care whether the new superintendent has a PhD – we just need a leader who can make the tough decisions. We need one who can restore unity and trust. Let’s check our personal feelings at the door and think about what is best for our kids and our school system. Let’s get the focus back on the classroom starting with the dollars budgeted. Let’s start caring about our teachers and insuring that we reward and compensate performance.

    Until we straighten out the school system, we can forget about economic development. Let’s make our school system the envy of the metro Atlanta area and make Dekalb a destination to be desired and not avoided. We need some reach change in Dekalb County.

  23. FormerDekalbParent says:

    Howdy, I appreciate your sentiments, and unfortunately, all I can think of is “bless your heart”

  24. We’ve all felt as you feel Howdy. But we’ve all come to the realization that that kind of thinking is what the powers that be hope for, so that they can continue the jobs program with a leader at the helm who will not rock the boat.

    It is looking more and more like we are going to be stuck with Michael Thurmond permanently. His tales of returning to practice law are just stories – like virtually everything he says. He is a politician and a storyteller – and in the past has served as a figurehead in a law firm. In fact, we are fairly certain that he is no longer a partner in his previous law firm association. So, in all he has no desire to leave his current cushy, visible, powerful, high-dollar with a free car public post.

    If, however, by some wild chance he is replaced, you can bet it will be just someone else in a long line of go-alongs to get. The status quo is the most powerful force we have had in DeKalb for decades.

  25. And for more on the corruption in DeKalb >>

    BILL TORPY AT LARGE [worth finding a way past the pay wall]
    Why not call it DePraved County and be done?

    

    Every time I try to pump up DeKalb County, something like this happens.

    On Monday, I wrote that the folks in unincorporated DeKalb who are trying to annex into Atlanta would screw over the neighbors they left behind. From my cozy perch as a citizen near Decatur, I opined that jumping into lifeboats may not be the best thing for the collective good.

    But as I wrote that, my colleague Johnny Edwards published a couple stories that surely are being passed around by the cityhood forces. Call them Exhibits 172 and 173 in the case for prying themselves free from DeKalb government.

    Edwards’ story starts out: “An invalid, possibly forged, legal document paved the way for a DeKalb official to win a million-dollar county contract.” The tale goes downhill from there.

    Our personal favorite line >>

    Calls for ethical change in DeKalb are like a Jack Russell forever chasing its tail.

  26. Are we in a sit-com? Where are the hidden cameras? >>

    Ethics board member tells complainant to ‘come outside’

    Things got a little heated at the March 3 ethics board meeting over the status of a complaint.

    Ethics board member Robert Blackman suggested that Robert Lundsten “come outside.”

    The exchange came during a brief discussion of a complaint Lundsten, aide of former county commissioner Elaine Boyer, filed last year against ethics board chairman John Ernst over interviews Ernst gave to news organizations. Lundsten believes the interviews show that Ernst is not an impartial member of the ethics board.

  27. A quote from the Bill Torpy post entitled, “Scrambling for lifeboats as DeKalb sinks” says it all >>

    The drive to annex the well-to-do Druid Hills neighborhood to Atlanta picked up momentum in 2013 when the Druid Hills charter cluster effort was shot down by the DeKalb school board. The idea was to grant autonomy to seven schools, complete with a $40 million budget.

    DeKalb school Superintendent Michael Thurmond opposed the plan, saying it would hurt the 100,000-student system as a whole. The board voted 5-4 to defeat it.

    Charter movement leaders were set to move on, but they still wanted to get a reckoning from Thurmond. So they met with him last month. They asked what, if anything, would overcome the board’s resistance.

    Nothing, said Thurmond, according to notes of the meeting that leaked out.

    “If they wanted their petition approved, they should have approached him more respectfully,” the notes recount. “When asked if the basis for denial boiled down to the desire to maintain power over the schools, MT said yes. He said he would never grant full autonomy to the charter cluster.”

    Additionally, and this is the part that has folks buzzing, Thurmond reportedly said that “he knows the difference between right and wrong. He likened it to the hard fight for change in Selma.”

    Those comments have drawn outrage, especially since the charter cluster movement was often viewed as an effort by white residents to gain control, and the three white board members were on the losing side of the vote. (The cluster’s student population would have been mostly minority, however.)

    State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, a Democrat who represents the area, said Thurmond lobbing Selma into the discussion “was either a political strategy or an honest feeling. But it was the strongest possible way to say he wasn’t going to work with them.”

    What would the political strategy be? Oliver speculated that Thurmond might be angling to run for DeKalb CEO.

    Thurmond, whose contract expires June 30, laughed heartily at that idea. The former politician, who served three terms as Georgia labor commissioner, said trying to become CEO of the snake-bitten county “is the last thing I would do, period, paragraph, close the book.”

  28. To which we say, oh yeah? Remember when Thurmond PROMISED he did not want the ‘interim’ superintendent job for long and that he would help lead the charge for his replacement ‘immediately’? Uh huh – that was over two years ago!!

    DeKalb Superintendent Atkinson replaced by former Georgia labor commissioner
    8:14 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 | Filed in: News by Ty Tagami
    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/breaking-news/dekalb-school-system-gets-a-new-interim-superinten/nWKP6/

    Cheryl Atkinson is out and former Georgia labor commissioner Michael Thurmond is in as leader of the DeKalb County School District, the third largest in the state.

    After first failing to muster a majority, the DeKalb school board tried a second time Friday and by a 5-4 vote approved a separation agreement that pays Atkinson $114,583 to leave. Then, they voted 7-2 to approve an employment agreement with Michael Thurmond, a former Georgia lawmaker who went on to become state labor commissioner.

    Thurmond will be paid the same $275,000 salary Atkinson got, and will receive three months’ pay if the DeKalb board replaces him before his year-long contract expires.

    Former Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond was appointed interim superintendent by the Dekalb County Board of Education on Friday Feb. 8, 2013. The board also voted Friday afternoon to approve a separation agreement with superintendent Cheryl Atkinson.

    He said he had no interest in holding the position long-term. Thurmond said the search for a permanent superintendent would begin immediately and he would leave as soon as one is found.

  29. The Cities of Tucker and Lavista Hills are both making their way through the legislature this session. The City of Greenhaven was just given a green light from the Carl Vinson Institute at the University of Georgia >>

    City of Greenhaven gets green light from feasibility study
    The proposed city of Greenhaven, which would include about 295,000 residents in a 126.2-square-mile area in South DeKalb, has received the green light from the Carl Vinson Institute at the University of Georgia.

    Keep an eye on that one – Greenhaven would be a very, very big city — 295,000 residents in a 126.2-square-mile area in South DeKalb! The incorporation effort has been spearheaded by Concerned Citizens for Cityhood of South DeKalb (CCCSD).

    Meanwhile, the proposed city of Stonecrest in Southeast DeKalb was deemed fiscally feasible in early February by the Carl Vinson Institute. The Stonecrest Alliance, led by Jason Lary, filed an intent to incorporate legal notice on Feb. 24.

    And of course, we have Druid Hills looking to annex into the City of Atlanta. As well as the new cities of Dunwoody and Brookhaven – in full cityhood swing! DeKalb could be a very, very different looking county by 2025.

  30. Our former superintendent Crawford Lewis got off very, very easy — check out what’s in the news about a senator who did a very similar thing >>

    DOJ To Charge Bob Menendez With Corruption: Report

    WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) – U.S. federal authorities are set to bring criminal charges against New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, CNN reported on Friday.

    Menendez allegedly used his Senate office to push the business interests of a Democratic donor and friend in exchange for gifts, CNN said.

    A representative for Menendez could not immediately be reached for comment.

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