State rep: Did DeKalb school board ever vote on redistricting?

From state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver today:

I have filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the DeKalb Board of Education asking for documents showing the Board held a public meeting and took a public vote on a proposed redistricting map for DeKalb School Board seats. The Board has written the Department of Justice complaining about redistricting and General Assembly’s actions. But did they ever take a public vote on a map they allegedly proposed? Aren’t they required to vote in the open? More conflict –probably more cost and waste! Unfortunate.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

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Dunwoody Mom

May 22nd, 2012
12:40 pm

Good question. I don’t recall a public meeting to vote on this.

The Deal

May 22nd, 2012
12:49 pm

So either they didn’t ever vote, or they voted in private. Great job, guys. So glad we continue to give you our hundreds of millions in tax dollars. I’m sure we paid one of our high-priced lawyers to send the letters to the Department of Justice and General Assembly, too.

High School Parent

May 22nd, 2012
1:00 pm

To the BOE and the DeKalb legislative delegation: Please enlighten the voters and taxpayers about the current status of the BOE election plans. Mis-information abounds. A simple informational press release is needed.

1) It appears that this summer voters will vote to elect several BOE members. Are these for a 2-year term of office? And what map is being used for this election cycle?
2) Is the plan to then elect 7 new BOE members in 2 years, reducing the BOE from the current 9 member makeup? And will all these slots be 4 year temrs, or will they be staggered?
3) What is the final BOE map for the 7 BOE positions that was submitted to the Department of Justice for approval?

The Deal

May 22nd, 2012
1:14 pm

What ramifications are there for the board given that the deadline for school board candidates was this week? It seems like this would be an attempt to muddy the waters so that no new candidates could apply. How can anyone submit for candidacy when the map isn’t known?

Atlanta Media Guy

May 22nd, 2012
1:25 pm

All those maps, all that money spent on programs that never showed return on investment, more teachers being cut AGAIN and I hope they have the minutes from that meeting MMO, DCSS(D?) has a history of losing minutes from meetings or editing them to serve the BOE and Supers purpose. Hope this changes.

Remember stakeholders, summer break begins THIS Friday. Get ready for everything to be discussed, cut, raised and voted on with a public notice of 24 hours. I know it’s not the rules, but since the reign of Clew and Tyson, so much was voted on during the summer months. Gee, didn’t Womack try to sneak the Cell Tower vote onto the agenda last summer? Stay Aware everyone! Maureen keep Ty Tygami on the beat. He is doing terrific work compared to the former DCSS beat reporter.


May 22nd, 2012
3:04 pm

The board presented a consensus map with most board members’ signatures on it. Did they point on it? I don’t think so but there were 7 signatures of 9 board members that supported it.

Ms. Oliver (who I had always respected up until this point) disregarded that map to push through one that clearly favors one of her constituents — someone many of us think will damage the school system.

Mikey D.

May 22nd, 2012
3:12 pm

A member of Georgia’s legislature complaining about someone else’s skirting the law… That’s rich.
Hey Ms. Oliver- How about voting for a budget that actually follows the law for school funding first, THEN complain about what others are doing.
Typical legislative hypocrite!

Name One

May 22nd, 2012
4:07 pm

Ron Ramsey is a state senator, the DeKalb County School System’s head of Legal Services, and owner of multiple education-related side businesses.

Shouldn’t he know the law regarding public meetings and public votes?


May 22nd, 2012
7:25 pm

So by having 7 signatures we have “consensus”? But that isn’t the same as a public debate and a vote. There was no public mtg on the map…I get the e-mail notices and I pay attention to them. I also had a board member call me at one point to complain that the board couldn’t get a quorum to have a called meeting to discuss the map, yet there seemed to be mtgs every other day for every other reason… One of the BOE members even complained publicly of this at the mtg that the delegation called for public input.

I’d like to see that letter to the justice dept. implies about the board’s map. You should contact the two who did not “sign” the map. At least on this occasion I expect that those who signed it actually signed it—unlike a letter given to the delegation in opposition to the original legislation cutting the number of board seats.

@ Mikey D. MMO is to be commended for hanging in there where she is fighting battles for Dekalb’s children on many fronts. She may have lost most of them recently, but don’t paint her as being like the majority that have been pandering to themselves.

Miss Management

May 23rd, 2012
11:01 am

MMO should lobby for the state to STOP with the Equalization nonsense. In looking at the current DCSS (D?) budget, there is over $100 MILLION scheduled to be TAKEN from DeKalb and sent to “poor” “rural” counties in the state. It’s laughably called our “Fair Share”! Like h*ll..

Put the $100 Million back and voila! No need for budget cuts! In fact – we’d have a surplus!


May 23rd, 2012
4:25 pm

Miss Management–
Can you provide more citation details? I don’t doubt you at all; it’s just that I’ve found this info very hard to track down.

Maureen–it would be great if the AJC could put together a table of equalization “winners” and “losers” hint, hint


May 23rd, 2012
4:51 pm

When I spoke with the DeKalb County election personnel a few weeks ago, they said they are using the old map since they have received no notification. Call them to verify.

Are secret meetings allowed on redistricting?


May 23rd, 2012
8:29 pm

Is this what you’re looking for Ned and Miss Management? It does not give a detailed list.

Miss Management

May 23rd, 2012
10:09 pm

Here’s the link to the most recent budget. Note the line in RED (a deduction) – $110,606,690.00 for our “fair share”… yeah, right.