DeKalb schools completes employee verifications. Found overpayment of $47,500.

DeKalb schools released a statement this weekend about its call for all employees to show identification in person and sign a form to confirm:

The DeKalb County School District has completed an extensive Employee Verification process to ensure the accuracy and integrity of all School District personnel and payroll records.

Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson ordered the Employee Verification process in February in conjunction with an independent audit of Central Office and school-based personnel.

Through the process, approximately 15,000 employees at the Central Office, in all auxiliary departments and at the school level were directed to verify their employment with the School District. The School District halted payments to non-verified employees beginning with the April 13 pay period.

The Employee Verification process to date has identified 148 non-verified employees, most of them substitute teachers or part-time coaches.

The process also discovered seven discrepancies in payroll, including two employees who were no longer with the School District and five on leave that were not properly recorded.

These employees were overpaid by approximately $47,500 dollars. School District Legal Affairs has begun an investigation into each of these cases and will seek to recover any unearned funds.

Dr. Atkinson commissioned an audit of all Central Office and school-based personnel in November as part of a District-wide reorganization to right-size the Central Office, bring alignment to positions across departments and drive more resources to schools and classrooms. The audit was the first outside review of School District personnel and salaries in more than eight years.

“Audits and oversight like the Employee Verification process should be standard operating procedure for our School District,” Dr. Atkinson said. “Moving forward, Employee Verification will be an annual process to let the public know that our payroll and personnel records are accurate and up to date.”

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

64 comments Add your comment

Paulo977

April 22nd, 2012
12:33 pm

Teachers?

The persecution of teachers continues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bootney farnsworth

April 22nd, 2012
1:45 pm

is it any wonder DCSS is imploding?

Paulo977

April 22nd, 2012
2:25 pm

The dear Cheryl ,since she is so concerned , ought to consider whether she deserves her own FAT salary!!!!

Blame Barns

April 22nd, 2012
2:27 pm

Paul, though I agree with you that teachers all over are taking the blunt of blame for everything, in this instance it would seem that the problem is in the Central Office personnel. All teachers have to sign a contract with their counties thus a built in account for those employee’s. I just wonder how many counties could come out of this type of audit unscathed.

Dekalbite

April 22nd, 2012
2:30 pm

Of more interest to DeKalb taxpayers than the AJC article in this post should be an AJC article that ran in yesterday’s paper:

“School board streamlines DeKalb organization chart”

The school system in DeKalb County has taken another step to allay concerns that it wastes taxpayer money on unnecessary or overpaid jobs.

Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson asked the school board Wednesday to streamline the organizational chart by creating a new set of 17 job classifications with matching pay schedules. That’s far fewer than the 365 that the school system has been using. The effort is part of a reorganization of the roughly 5,900-member workforce

The board voted 8-1 in favor, with Chairman Eugene Walker opposing.
….
The transition will take three years, and is eventually expected to save around $300,000 a year.
The goal, according to officials, is to tie salaries to responsibilities and to “flatten” the organization structure and “right size” the system. ”

Click here to read the entire article:
http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/school-board-streamlines-dekalb-1422431.html

Why would Walker vote against this?

Email or call your BOE rep and Dr. Atkinson complimenting them on this move. If Walker is your BOE rep, you can email him for an explanation. If you get one, please post it here or on DeKalb Watch Two:
http://dekalbschoolwatch.wordpress.com/

I already emailed my BOE rep and Dr. Atkinson thanking them for trying to bring some sense to DeKalb Schools jobs classification. Can anyone imagine compensation transparency or efficiency with 365 job classifications?

The next move is to publish these job classifications and their corresponding pay schedules online like all of the other school systems in metro Atlanta. Then taxpayers can compare this data to the state Salary and Travel data for DeKalb and the published pay scales of the other metro school systems. BTW – ALL of the metro school systems publish their teaching and non teaching job classifications and commensurate pay scales with the exception of DeKalb. DeKalb is the ONLY metro school system who has neglected to publish any pay scales for non teaching employees making it impossible for taxpayers to compare pay for non teaching employees across school systems.

*The Executive Summary by Dr. Atkinson:
https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=4054&AID=371688&MID=21009

*The 17 Job/Compensations classifications (down from 365) with the pay scale ranges detailed that EVERY employee must follow:
https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=4054&AID=371795&MID=21009

*Here is a link to the entire meeting. Click on Action Items – #7 – Recommended Classifications and Salary Schedules.

DeKalb taxpayers need to support Dr. Atkinson as she attempts to reorganize the most complex and inefficient bureaucratic system of personnel layers in the metro area and bring transparency to how and what the compensation is for non teaching personnel. Since non teaching personnel vastly outnumber teaching personnel and in addition consistently are paid more than teaching personnel, this is long overdue. Email Dr. Atkinson and your BOE rep expressing support for their efforts.

Dekalbite

April 22nd, 2012
2:42 pm

Oops! Forgot the..
….. link to the entire meeting. Click on Action Items – #7 – Recommended Classifications and Salary Schedules:
https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/ViewMeetingOrder.aspx?S=4054&MID=21009

William Casey

April 22nd, 2012
3:12 pm

This seems to be a step in the right direction. The DeKalb School System has long had the reputation of being a bloated “jobs program” for “friends and family.”

Dekalb taxpayer

April 22nd, 2012
3:16 pm

Another board member, Pam Speaks, said she was glad to hear that the review found improper payments to only seven people.

“That doesn’t sound like a lot to me,” Speaks said, “although the hope would be that it would be zero.”

One person being paid with taxpayers dollars who shouldn’t be paid is too many. We shouldn’t have to “hope” for accountability; we should be able to expect it. I applaud Dr. Atkinson for this move.

Dunwoody Mom

April 22nd, 2012
3:21 pm

@Paulo – I’m sorry, I don’t see any “teacher bashing”. Could you point that out to me? Thanks.

Melanie

April 22nd, 2012
4:54 pm

New pay scale is grrreat. I was going to retire but not now. I should be at the top of the teacher pay scale and I can wait three years to retire with an ending salary of $103,821. This is wonderful. Dr. Atkinson is a jewel!! Thanks you.

sadteacher

April 22nd, 2012
5:33 pm

Enter your comments here

sadteacher

April 22nd, 2012
5:35 pm

@Melanie, are you being sarcastic? Do you really believe that the teachers in Dekalb will actually be paid that amount of money any time in the near future? I’m sorry, but I have to get the first paycheck to believe it.

Same old, same old...

April 22nd, 2012
5:42 pm

So the head of the department in charge of making sure that this did NOT happen was just promoted to Chief of Human Resources last week by Atkinson. How is that that making improvements? She brought in outsiders or did national searches for all other divisions. What gives with this one?

Dekalbite@sadteacher

April 22nd, 2012
7:49 pm

This passed the BOE (with the exception of Eugene Walker) so the pay scales are a matter of public record. Now we need to use the state Salary and Travel audit to see if all those non teaching personnel are being placed on those salary schedules. Taxpayers need to push for the pay scales – teaching and non teaching – to be displayed on the DCSS website.

Leaving DCSS

April 22nd, 2012
8:04 pm

I wonder if anything will be done to the person(s) who authorized these payments to non-employees. Or will this snafu be chalked up to some sort of clerical oversight – not warranting any disciplinary action. I also wonder whether these persons were relatives to actual employees or recently removed/resigned employees. I’m glad to see that Dr. Atkinson is cleaning house, without fanfare or press conference. There have already been a number of employees who have either been asked to leave or change job description since Dr. Atkinson has been in charge.

Unfortunately, I won’t be around to see the pay increases as a DCSS teacher. I’m leaving Dekalb this year after 10+ years of service. My choice; no sour grapes. As a matter of fact, I applaud the changes proposed by Dr. Atkinson. I am, however, somewhat disenchanted by the amount of fluff programs, initiatives, hidden agendas, and personal politics that pervade our school system. I know that I will likely experience similar impediments wherever I’m employed next year. But, I’d like to think that I’m due for a change of scenery. No hard feelings. I just hope that Dr. Atkinson will be allowed to see her policies implemented before the illustrious Board decides that she’s rocking the boat too fiercely. When is the next Board member election?

d

April 22nd, 2012
8:05 pm

@Melanie – that salary is for a teacher who would be working 240 days…. I don’t know such a teacher, unfortunately.

Dekalbite

April 22nd, 2012
8:45 pm

“When is the next Board member election?”

I’ve heard this summer and I’ve heard the fall. Does anyone know? It’s not listed on the DeKalb elections website. Currently, the district boundaries have not been set, so who can even pay to run except the incumbents?

say what?

April 22nd, 2012
9:05 pm

Dekalbite: NOTE as of March 26 2012 employees are NOT allowed to contact BOE members to complain, to share information, to speak for/against an action WITHOUT the expressed consent and approval of Dr. Atkinson. Furthermore, BOE members must get prior approval from her or her office before going into a school other than to attend public functions in which the public has a an invitation.
So teachers, staff, employees will be dealt with(up to and including termination) for sharing opinions with BOE members. BOE members are being held to a tight rope as well with the approved policy “BOE communication” which the BOE approved so as not to have a backlash against them for not voting for what she and her new crew developed. (See above comment as to some ulterior motive for Walker voting against everyone else)
I see a smaller version of Dr.Hall taking over. She is cleaning up appearances, so that the blogosphere will quiet down some. Many will high five that she saved $47K for seven undocumented employees, but ask how much money will be spent on travel for HR staff to go to every school OR for departments, such as Title I, that had to come to 1701 to verify. Just a dog and pony show for everyone to quiet down.
Moving the salries of Title I coaches to the school budget really does not resolve anything, just that those positions are no longer located under central office. But with new associate superintendent of xxx, no one is complaining. She now has bloat.

One more thing, the person who was handed the HR position has shown herself loyal to the new administration in a daunting work environment. These unverified employees did not just appear Dec- now.

Anonmom

April 22nd, 2012
10:43 pm

I wonder how many oft the over paid belong to the church of Bishop Long? What percentage went there? As far as the election goes, all of the even numbered BOE seats are up for reelection on the normal cycle this summer for the 9 seat BOE and my understanding is that they are all probably going to re-up for 2 year terms and then the entire BOE will be up for re-election in 2 years — both elections will be on the new maps….

Melanie

April 22nd, 2012
10:58 pm

Please, let them all go with the exception of Dr. Pam Speaks. She is the only one who is capable of this great job. The other 3 can go, yesterday, especially Womack.

Say what?

April 23rd, 2012
1:10 am

Ok does anyone else notice that the reorganization will save $300k over three years?
That is one principal position annually. There have got to be more than three who are sitting
In the transportation department because there was no other place to leave them(except the unemployment line).
Dr. Atkinson is following up on imaginary facts from blogs and it is going to cost Dekalb taxpayers big time when she leaves with her parachute package. We will be back on here in 18 months wondering how did DeKalb give so much power and authority to one person. Different group of friends running the palace now.

Dekalbite@say what

April 23rd, 2012
1:15 am

BOE members have the power to terminate Dr. Atkinson and they have the power of the purse – i.e. she must get approval for any expenditure she makes and any hire she recommends – so I would say the BOE has plenty of power.

If you think the blogosphere is quiet about DeKalb, you have not been reading the blogs.

Every BOE member up for re-election in 2012 needs to be replaced. They all supported Lewis and then Tyson as they approved eliminating 600+ teaching positions. This was devastating for student achievement.

Say what?

April 23rd, 2012
1:22 am

It seems that this is the honeymoon stage and everything is approved. Look at what happened when Walker did not go along with everyone else. People read into his no vote as if there is a problem.
I admit I have stopped reading many if the blogs as they have been so negative and hate filled.
Teacher cuts are wrong when you have to teach even more children with fewer resources and higher expectations. I commend anyone who gets up and goes into a room with having so many responsibilities and so little support.

yes i am worried

April 23rd, 2012
6:19 am

I suspect the 300,000 was an error. (Because fhe overpayment of those non verified employees was 50K alone.

By the way, Say What. The policy you referred to, did not pass the Board of Ed last week. It must be reworked. The Board objected to many parts of it, including the fact that they would have fewer rights that a regular citizen.

While I agree that board meddling is a problem, I think there is a happy median.

As Citizens we owe our children a better school board. That means strong board members who come in willing to do the work, who are capable of understanding the work and who realize that they represent every child in the district.

Dekalbite@say what

April 23rd, 2012
7:24 am

“Teacher cuts are wrong when you have to teach even more children with fewer resources and higher expectations.”

Well, Dr. Walker voted for Lewis to eliminate 275 teaching positions and then Tyson to eliminate over 300 teaching positions while preserving virtually every Central Office position. I can’t see how this was good for students.

Pardon My Blog

April 23rd, 2012
8:33 am

This did not surprise me, I believe if they looked even harder they would find more. What should be of greater concern is the bloated salaries of several in positions that they are not even qualified for and should have never been hired in the first place. Additionally, there are too many positions that are truly not necessary and those positions were created for family and friends (probably at the request of Eddie Long).

DCSS has many problems and unfortunately Dr. Atkinson and the BoE are making it worse!

Fred in DeKalb

April 23rd, 2012
8:47 am

DeKalbite, please don’t begin spreading your misinformation again. I thought when I pointed out to ou earlier that the loss of over 4,000 students, eliminating open positions, lower property tax income along with changes to state laws for class sizes was the cause of overall staff reductions. If you listen to what is going on in neighboring counties, you will see they are also increasing classroom sizes, adding furlough days, closing schools and reducing their workforce. That is the way of the education world these days. Didn’t Gwinnett just announce they will be eliminating over 500 positions (not sure how many of them are teachers but those in Gwinnett know how teachers have been quietly eliminated over the past few years)?

Don’t forget the former drivers eduction, duplication and media relations departments that were eliminated in DeKalb a few years ago. There are also fewer postions in the Area Superintendents office. These were some of the central office positions that were eliminated. One can look at the human resources reports in July and August 2010 to verify what I am saying. The people impacted were coded as Reduction in Force. That is not coded for teachers but central office employees. Teacher positions were not filled for the reasons I mentioned earlier. Let’s not let the truth get in the way of your misinformation.

Dr. Atkinson is making some much need changes. She understands that she was not the first choice for this job but that is not stopping her from doing what needs to be done. She will have some missteps (calendar survey comes to mind) and I expect there will be more. This is what happens when you are in a position of making tough decisions that may not be politically popular. Everyone has their sacred cows in DeKalb. I expect her to begin cleaning up the mess that has been created over several decades in this school system.

Also if they’ve found an overpayment of just under $50,000 in a billion dollar organization, I consider that amazing. Even $50,000 of overpayments is too much. Without question, an audit of most government organizations would reveal questionable use of tax payer dollars. Have you quickly forgetten the GSA boondoogle?

Teacher Reader

April 23rd, 2012
8:54 am

Before class sizes get larger and fewer teachers are employed, I want to know how many office positions are being cut. Do elementary schools really need two secretary like positions? Could this be done by one person or have one person split among two schools? Do we really need all that we have hired in various parts of the county like the Palace, Bryant Center, and transportation center? If not, let them go. Is EVERY person busy for the hours that they are employed? If not, let them go or make them part time.

I agree with Pardon My Blog, that if they looked harder that there would be more problems with salaries and payments out. There are MANY positions are really not needed and need to be cut, not have a right sized salary, but cut. We need a company to come in and streamline management and make it more efficient. Too many have gotten away with too much for too long and have enormous salaries to boot.

Atkinson has her hands full, but paying teachers $103,000 is not the answer and is also an over payment. Wonder how many others there will be with a new pay scale?

Fred in DeKalb

April 23rd, 2012
9:24 am

Leaving DCSS, thank you for your service and best wishes to you! Your frustrations are legitimate and thanks for hanging in as long as you did. What many fail to realize is that Dr. Atkinson is the ONLY employee that reports to the BOE. Through her staff, recommendations are brought to the BOE for approval. If the recommendations are educationally, fiscally and operationally sound, they should be approved. As you said, unfortunately hidden agendas sometimes can get in the way. Like you, I hope the BOE allows her to make the necessary changes to improve this school system. It starts by making sure she has the right people in the key positions in the central office and the right leadership in every school.

I should also mention the BOE reports to the citizens. We determine who serves on the BOE through open elections. We have a responsibility to ensure we have competent and qualified citizens representing us on the Board. Unfortunately some citizens have not stepped up to the plate to adequately scutinize candidates who ask for our votes. As I’ve always said, there is enough blame to go around.

bu2

April 23rd, 2012
10:08 am

@Melanie
I generally have a high opinion of Speaks, but I am really disturbed by her comment. We need people on the school board who have a high standard with taxpayer $. There is just no excuse for mistakenly continuing to pay anyone who no longer works there. It would be interesting to know if they were school based or not and whether any supervisor had more than one. Its should be the responsibility of the person’s supervisor to make sure his group’s payroll is right.

WAR

April 23rd, 2012
10:23 am

dekalb is in decline. it hurts.

catlady

April 23rd, 2012
11:22 am

I am guessing that some folks will be given “extra pay” for “additional work” to keep their pay at current levels.

bu2 is right

April 23rd, 2012
12:19 pm

bu2 is right. The government should absolutely have an impeccable record when it comes to spending tax payer dollars.
I accidentally overpaid my child’s babysitter by $100. Do you know what she did? She called me from her bank to tell me the error and REFUSED my offer of reward money…and she was…
BARELY 20 years old.
She has more ethics than all those overpaid “employees.” Isn’t it “just fittin” that NONE of those teachers or coaches notified the school to say they were overpaid?
$47,500…that’s a teacher’s entire year’s salary.
CORRUPTION is disgusting.
GO Cheryl, GO!
We need more info like this to come out and we needs heads to roll right off the payroll.

The Deal

April 23rd, 2012
3:11 pm

A clarification was posted on DeKalb School Watch Two that explains that the salaries are scaled to year-round so that there can be apples-to-apples comparisons between jobs. Any 10-month employees will see the dollar amount adjusted for the period of the year that they work.

Halbert

April 23rd, 2012
3:24 pm

READ the FINE LINE CAREFULLY! THERE IS LITTLE TO NO PAY INCREASE!!!!! While we make jokes, the state of DeKalb is serious. Yes, the old regime was bad enough, but the present seems to be making its own ditch. While there is an illusion of relief that a new Sheriff Superintendent is in town, she is surrounding herself with informers that may or not have the majority of stakeholders in mind. Let’s not be gullible. The same games, manipulations, and selfishness are becomming evident daily. Incompetents are taking the place of incompetents. While there has been no mention of an instructional plan this whole school year, principals alike attest that they have received no communication with the Superintendent nor her staff. A closed-system is on the rise in DeKalb. Because instruction is not the focus, the students have lost again this year, and based on what is happening with Common Core, Georgia Keys, and all, will be a mess next year, based on the mockery that is being made of it in this county, very embarrassing. She has no regard for those individuals who have worked for DeKalb who have not been a member of any special group, yet she will disguise her involvement behind the superficial fireside chats that were a joke. These “chats” seemed to be a coverup for plans that were already decided behind closed doors. Was this not the previous complaint? Anyone in the state of Dekalb could appreciate change, but that does not mean we are as naive as the Superintendent and new friends may think? Today is the 23rd of May, and no word whatsoever has been communicated about contracts. So they decide to cut it as close to the deadline as possible to keep everything legal yet drain the teachers and staff of everything possible. Who does this? However, there is rumor that READ for Success will be mandated and ALL certified personnel will have to get reading certification, (for less pay). Why do we need another program, especially a personal program of the Sup’s, when the focus should be on instruction, not a program. Does she not trust the teachers to teach as she says she does? What was the problem with the hundreds of others programs that didn’t work? How is this different, is it a free program? Which employees did she consult for this decision? Some of the best are leaving in silence, because it is obvious we may be in worse hands than ever. Any fast talking individual can sell a dog as a cow, but who will deny after reading the new salary proposal, with its seemingly intentional mumbo jumbo, that teachers do not work 12 months, so why is their salary range based on 238 days? Do the math teachers, you will come up short!!!! Come on Atkinson, we are from the South, but we can add and discern character. Teachers and employees who have worked hard and invested their lives into this system, deserve better, and deserve not to be railroaded by unknown agendas. They deserve transparency, fairness, a level of respect, a salary comenserate to their efforts, and to be served by the Superintendent with integrity. Who wants to talk about issues this pertinent on a blog, but this seems to be the only forum that appeals to the new administration. Sad state of events. We must do better.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

April 23rd, 2012
5:55 pm

What entity conducted the DCSS personnel audit?

Same old, same old...

April 23rd, 2012
8:18 pm

Dr. Spinks…

It was the Division of Human Resources, the same group that was supposed to be keeping track of documenting these employees when they left.

Same old, same old...

April 23rd, 2012
8:21 pm

Let me clarify – the employee verification audit was conducted by Human Resources. The overall personnel audit was conducted by Management Advisory Group, Inc. http://www.maginc.org/

Anonmom

April 23rd, 2012
9:28 pm

I thought they had an outside “big 8″ (now “big 4″ or 2) accounting firm do the audi….

my two cents

April 23rd, 2012
11:05 pm

Well, it’s a start. Now, what about the money being spent on the Atkinson’s predecessor’s case? and the developers? I would also like to about the expense accounts, gas cards, etc.

Dekalbite@Fred in DeKalb

April 24th, 2012
9:50 am

“DeKalbite, please don’t begin spreading your misinformation again”

By misinformation do you mean a comparison of DeKalb’s scores in our low income schools with the published scores in the low income of other demographically similar systems? Or perhaps you are referring to the non teaching staff to teaching staff ratio comparison of DeKalb to other metro systems (also published on the Georgia DOE website)?

Let me say it again. Most of DeKalb’s low income schools cannot make adequate yearly progress (80% – that’s a fact not up for dispute). We did not have the luxury of cutting teaching positions while we retained ancillary non teaching positions and in fact ADDED non teaching positions (e.g. Instructional Coaches). We are very overstaffed on Parent Center personnel (most of whom are not certified in any area – teaching or social work or counseling). Our Security force is extremely out of line in both pay and numbers compared to EVERY other metro system. DeKalb does not publish ANY of the salary schedules for on teaching personnel while ALL of the other metro systems publish this information in all or in part.

Taxpayers expect to see non teaching salaries and numbers rightsized and brought in line with the marketplace. We do not place a priority on “career paths” for the 8,500 non teaching employees (as contrasted o the 6,500+ teacheing personnel). We do not want our children to sit in huge classes just so jobs can continue for the non teaching staff, many of whom are “family and friends” of high level administrators and BOE members. We do not want teachers to be among the lowest paid personnel in our school system.

Every child deserves:
1. A safe and clean learning environment
2. A competent teacher in a reasonably sized classroom
3. Access to cutting edge science and technology equipment

You may call this misinformation. I call this common sense.

Anonmom

April 24th, 2012
10:37 am

Keep at it Dekalblite — I keep thinking some gov’t agency will actually investigate this at some point….

Fred in DeKalb

April 24th, 2012
11:21 am

DeKalbite said,
“Well, Dr. Walker voted for Lewis to eliminate 275 teaching positions and then Tyson to eliminate over 300 teaching positions while preserving virtually every Central Office position. ”

and Fred laid out how this was misinformation in the post at 8:47am.

Even Jethro Bodine with his sixth grade education could see what Fred was responding to. Why can’t DeKalbite acknowledge they were wrong again. There was a blog a few weeks ago that DeKalbite could not admit being wrong (Fred did not point this out), despite facts brought up contrary to what DeKalbite said.

As I said early, I support what Dr. Atkinson is doing to streamline the organizational structure. It should have been done long ago. Dekalb got into this mess with Dr. Freeman back in the mid 90’s. Dr. Brown tried to clean it up but the Board and community ran him out of town. He was getting to close to long established practices and it rufflled a lot of feathers. Will the Board and community let Dr. Atkinson move forward with these changes? Time will tell.

Anonmom, are you expecting another government agency to provide accurate information about another one? How do you decide to value information from one agency over another? The agency responsible for making sure the government gets good rates throughout even has a hard time doing the right thing. I would be interested to find out what the commerical rate for the GSA convention would have been. Maybe it was a good deal after all.

Frankie

April 24th, 2012
12:11 pm

Every school district has a tendency to hire friends and family, not jus Dekalb I am sure Cobb, cherokee and other counties will have the same issue when audit time comes…

Fred in DeKalb

April 24th, 2012
5:02 pm

Frankie, you are 100% correct. I’ll go as far to say that the smaller the district, the greater the likelihood of friends and family working throughout the system. This is prevalent is all government institutions, in fact the reason why nepotism laws were written in the first place. Unfortunately some in DeKalb are so focused on this, this are missing the big picture challenges in education.

Dekalbite@Fred in DeKalb

April 24th, 2012
7:51 pm

Enter your comments here

Dekalbite@Fred in DeKalb

April 24th, 2012
8:17 pm

“”\and Fred laid out how this was misinformation in the post at 8:47am.”

Regarding Dr. Walker introducing a motion to increase class sizes and decrease the number of DeKalb teaching positions by 275.

Below are quotes DIRECTLY from the DeKalb BOE minutes.

Direct Quotes from BOE minutes April 13, 2009:

(Presented by Crawford Lewis)
DeKalb County School System
Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Budget
Executive Summary:
“Further proposed reductions include an increase to class sizes. The increase in class size will still keep DeKalb Schools below the state maximum requirements, prior to the state’s increase. This action will save $18.1 million and will reduce the staffing needs by 275 teachers. ”

…………

“10.03
Mr. Marcus Turk, Chief Financial Officer, recommended that the DeKalb Board of Education tentatively adopt the DeKalb County School System Proposed Budget for the 2009-2010 (FY2010).

On a motion by Dr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Cunningham, and by a unanimous vote, the motion passed.
……….

“OTHER\BOARD COMMENTS
Mr. Bowen opened the floor for Board Comments.

Dr. Walker stated he wanted to public thank the Superintendent (Crawford Lewis) and General Counsel for a good job, and as opposed to what had been publicized in the media, he does not have a concern with the performance of either person.”

Anyone can go to the BOE minutes and read that Lewis proposed an increase in class sizes by eliminating 275 teaching positions during the April 13, 2009 BOE meeting. Dr. Walker made the motion to pass the budget that increased class sizes for students and eliminated 275 teaching positions and Mr. Cunningham seconded it. It passed by unanimous vote. In the same meeting, Dr. Walker thanked Dr. Lewis for such a good job and stated he had no concerns about Dr. Lewis.

This is not misinformation. Posters can go to the BOE minutes for April 3, 2009 and see this for themselves.

Dr. Walker also voted for Ms. Tyson’s 2010 budget that reduced teaching positions by around 300 teachers and increased class sizes.

Dekalbite@Fred in DeKalb

April 24th, 2012
8:41 pm

But does ANY other school system officially oppose the nepotism laws on its school website?

On the DeKalb Schools website, the school system opposes the nepotism laws for BOE members:

From the DeKalb website:
http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/governmental-relations/legislative-agenda

” Maintaining Local School Board Authority

School boards and superintendents should maintain the authority and management of issues relating to the levying of local tax dollars, local legislation, personnel, finance, and facilities………

DeKalb County Schools opposes the provision of House Bill (HB) 251 that addresses the eligibility of citizens to run for election/re-election to local school boards.”

From the Georgia HB 251 (state legislature website) the provision of House Bill (HB) 251 the Dekalb Schools website refers to is:
“to provide for nepotism restrictions for eligibility for members of local boards of education and for local school superintendents; to provide for related matters;….
…..No person who has an immediate family member sitting on a local board of education or serving as the local school superintendent or as a principal, assistant principal, or system administrative staff in the local school system shall be eligible to serve as a member of such local board of education. As used in this paragraph, the term ‘immediate family member’ means a spouse, child, sibling, or parent or the spouse of a child, sibling, or parent” ”

Here is the link to the Georgia legislature website:
http://www1.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/pdf/hb251.pdf

Dekalbite

April 24th, 2012
9:50 pm

Regarding the cell towers the DeKalb Board of Education is planning on putting in our schoolyards regardless of community opposition (from DeKalb Watch Two blog):
” the question will be on the July ballot and it is worded to sound like the schools themselves wish to put up and operate “telecommunications towers” (like for a student radio station or something) and nothing even mentions wireless or “cell” in the entire question. So, if you can, please spread the word to VOTE NO on the question about telecomm towers, unless you want to invite one onto your school grounds because that’s likely what they will do with the results.”

Please pass this along to any person, blog or organization you know will stand up for students.

Blame Barns

April 25th, 2012
4:54 am

Please let this type of audit hit Clayton County. The fat needs to be trimmed starting with the idiot superintendent.