DeKalb schools get another warning on SACS accreditation. “Why so many second chances?”

The AJC is reporting that the DeKalb school board is again being asked by an accrediting agency to respond to complaints of mismanagement.

According to the AJC:

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools said it’s received dozens of complaints from a broad spectrum of people in DeKalb. Parents, public officials and school staffers have alleged everything from financial mismanagement to undue influence in hiring — all while the school system faces a financial crisis.

“The allegation is they’re getting involved in areas that aren’t their responsibility, and then in the areas that are their responsibility, they’re not being effective,” said Mark Elgart, president and chief executive officer of AdvancED, the parent company of SACS.

In a letter received by school officials Wednesday, SACS said there is “significant concern” about whether DeKalb is meeting “at least” two of five accreditation standards. SACS gave DeKalb 30 days to respond, and will then investigate and issue a report.

“I don’t see where we violated any policy,” school board chairman Eugene Walker said. He said he wants to consult the 9-member school board before issuing any detailed response. He also said he needed more details than provided in the 3-page letter.

“They need to show some evidence of these things,” Walker said.

The allegations are from about 50 people over the past year, Elgart said. SACS also has its own concerns. For instance, Elgart said, state audits over the past five years show the board spent 10 times more than it budgeted for day-to-day legal expenses — costs that were easily anticipated. “One of the problems is the board has two law firms on retainer because they couldn’t agree on one,” Elgart said. “It is highly irregular for a school system to have two law firms doing the work of one.”

Elgart said it’s unusual for SACS to send a letter like this. It does so each year with perhaps 1 percent of the school systems in the 38 states where it operates, he said.

A frustrated parent sent me this note upon reading about this development:

So, SACs sends a letter with the latest concerns and the system gets 30 days to answer the letter. If the answers aren’t satisfactory, a special review team will be sent to visit the system.

Really?

For the past several years, SACs/Advanced Ed has had concerns about the DeKalb County School System. They have sent teams to interview educators, bureaucrats, parents and others. As recently as last spring, SACs/Advanced Ed had teams here. Our Board of Education has been trained repeatedly by Mark Elgart, president of Advanced Ed, and others from his organization.

Nothing changes. Not only has our board not improved, but this administration seems reluctant to answer questions from the general public or board members. Our classrooms are bursting at the seams, our teachers have some of the lowest salaries in metro Atlanta, some high schools will be limited to less than a half a roll of toilet paper per student a month, textbooks were not repaired over the summer and no new ones were ordered, etc, etc.

This is a system on the verge of collapse as far as I can tell.

Additionally, other systems have been placed on probation or seen their accreditation pulled for reasons far more minor than the situation in DeKalb. Across the region, colleges and universities with financial issues have been placed on probation until their economics improve.

Given that DeKalb was already on SACS’ radar screen, why in the world does the clock start over? DeKalb County Schools are responsible for educating over 95,000 students. At what point will Elgart take the issues facing this system seriously?

Why so many “second” chances?

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

147 comments Add your comment

Ron F.

August 30th, 2012
10:00 pm

Part of the problem here is that if SACS does anything, then the crowd that regularly shouts about how awful they are will begin the usual litany of rants. If they do nothing, then Dekalb gets yet another “get out of jail free” card. So the question is, do we really want SACS to do something where there is all too obviously grounds for investigation, or do we lambast them once again? Like the organization or not, in this case I can’t see how anyone could decry the system getting some serious attention from SACS.

Sad for DeKalb

August 30th, 2012
10:22 pm

I’m not sure who’s making budget decisions in the County “palace” but I want to know why Dr. Atkinson approved having band in every elementary school but won’t supply any money to fund instruments. The band teacher assigned to our school and four others can’t even work out a schedule, has no place to teach students and an expensive Music computer software he can’t even use. What will happen is the students who can’t afford to play will once again be penalized for DeKalb’s stupid decisions they rushed to make. These students can’t fill out the “free and reduced band instruments paper” and expect one to magically appear. All of this was an effort by a friends and family administrator who tried to save “his people” and got what he wanted.

Meanwhile, Art teachers are begging to have time to teach students at least once a week but there schedules don’t allow it. They’ve been cut and split and told to teach more with less and less. The County doesn’t supply ANY Art materials for them to teach with either. How can you have a quality program with no support? No wonder we’re losing students and families by the droves!! Something has to happen soon and people need to be held accountable for decisions they make.

CharterStarter, Too

August 30th, 2012
10:48 pm

The biggest problem is that the only recourse for dysfunctional school systems is loss of accreditation, which really punishes the kids a lot more than the adults.

jsmtih

August 30th, 2012
10:52 pm

im not worried, the people in charge of the Dekalb School Board are as smart as they come ! some of the brightest minds in the country … the children of dekalb are in good hands

Atlanta Mom

August 30th, 2012
11:10 pm

The problem here is that everyone in Atlanta has heard of SACS. Do you think parents in Florida, or NC send an email to SACS when they are unhappy?

?

August 30th, 2012
11:13 pm

Let the punishment begin. I see no prospect for improvement until there are repercussions for two decades plus of inept and corrupt management.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

August 31st, 2012
3:03 am

Why, indeed?

OneOfTheDroves

August 31st, 2012
4:51 am

After living through the drama at Smoke Rise Elementary (SRE) School over the last few years and only Tucker Middle/High school to look forward to, we, have already bought a home in Gwinnett (closing is today). A concerted and organized drive was made to get parents complaints and concerns heard at the county level and they only ran into a brick wall. Consequently, more than 20 neighborhood families have withdrawn their children from SRE and a foundation set up for the sole purpose of raising funds for school improvements has been dissolved (which is a whole other story – see the playground drama on the Get Schooled blog from several months ago). The school is now majority non-local students. The impact to my family is significant and I will be so glad (and sad) to dust the ‘dirt’ of Dekalb off my feet and move on. I had hoped to be a part of change and improvement, but, life is too short. I hope I am wrong, but my feeling is that Dekalb is becoming the next Clayton Co.

Lynn D

August 31st, 2012
6:33 am

Atlanta Mom

In many states, parents and concerned citizens have other alternatives than accrediting agencies to file their concerns. In dozens of states, DeKalb’s financial situation would have raised at least the specter of a state takeover. In fact, Dr. Atkinson’s former district, Lorain Ohio, will possibly be taken over if the Tax Levy vote in Nov. fails.

Dunwoody Mom

August 31st, 2012
6:51 am

This is almost a case of “too little too late” with SACS. This BOE has been “misbehaving” for years. Despite the hand-slaps from SACS, Eugene Walker and other members of this board, past and present, have blatantly ignored SACS and continued to do what they desired, whether allowable or not. SACS should have taken steps long ago to put this system on probation, which would, at least, give the Governor (who I don’t have much faith in, anyway) the option or removing board members.

catlady

August 31st, 2012
6:51 am

SACS does not want to take action because if Dekalb loses accreditation, SACS (Elgart) loses money. SACS is NOT an “Angie’s List”. You pay to be a part of this.

catlady

August 31st, 2012
7:00 am

I think everyone in Georgia should pursue alternative accreditation. SACS has become a joke: don’t pay attention to the man behind the curtain!

bootney farnsworth

August 31st, 2012
7:15 am

to continue on from what Catlady said:

in the general public, SACS is considered a watchdog agency. it is nothing of the sort. it is a good ole boy network designed to give the illusion of setting and enforcing standards when it is nothing more than a mutual cover society.

education administrators investigating education administrators? please. this group will close ranks faster than the speed of light. here’s why:

if SACS committee A actually levels a complaint of school B, then the administration of school B and their friends will level complaints against the schools comprising committee A. besides petty one upmanship -and the most petty people on earth are upper level educational administrators – it runs the risk of exposing everyone to the light of day.

however remote, there is always the chance some Fran Millar type might grab the opportunity to make political hay.

why did the USG appoint Rob Watts as interim at GPC? simple. Rob knows everybody who is anybody, and is the most skill political player in the USG system. he has the connections and the skills to mitigate any potential SACS actions.

better everyone just play nice, and do education’s version of don’t ask, don’t tell

bootney farnsworth

August 31st, 2012
7:25 am

there is also the very real desire by SACS not to pee on DCSS specifically.

back in the dark ages when I was in DCSS, it was considered one of the very best school systems in the south. maybe in the nation. as the system moved from majority white to majority non white, it kept its high ranking (?) and was seen as a “blacks in charge are no threat to you” beacon.

to slap DSCC now would be -in political eyes- a slap at that achievement.

and Dr. Belle, especially as the first minority head of SACS, is not gonna do it short of DCSS adopting a policy of slavery was good and Hitler was misunderstood.

maybe not even then.

Dr. Belle might want to, but the pressure she’s getting from so many different political groups with so many different agendas all put ensure nothing of substance will happen

bootney farnsworth

August 31st, 2012
7:26 am

as long as SACS accreditation means federal dollars for the system, nobody is gonna challenge SACS.
least of all SACS

Wilbur

August 31st, 2012
7:26 am

The problem is not SACS; its the Dekalb County Schools. More accurately, it’s the voters in DeKalb who have the school system and the government they voted for. You can get over a bad superintendent or a rogue council member but it’s hard to get over the stupidity of a majority of the voters.
Emma Darnell in Fulton County is an expensive problem. But the problem racism is not just Darnell, its the voters who send her back, term after term.

Bubba B.

August 31st, 2012
7:44 am

With the obvious disasters in the school districts in Clayton, DeKalb, and Atlanta City, key questions should be asked:
- what board leadership traits/characteristics are being voted in to office continuously in these areas versus the rest of the metro?

Other school districts have challenges, but pale in comparison and are far less pervassive than Clayton, Dekalb and Atlanta. Until the voters make different choices, nothing is going to change.

Pardon My Blog

August 31st, 2012
8:16 am

@jsmith – you’re joking right! Womack did have one thing right, there should be some criminal investigations into the actions of several BoE members. There are other actions by Lewis that warranted additional criminal investigation and don’t forget HR and others in the past and current administration who probably need to be looked at. To lose accreditation would continue to let the true “criminals” off with no punishment and hurt the students and residents of DeKalb. SACS should look at the whole system and then go to the GBI with specifics.

dc

August 31st, 2012
8:30 am

looking forward to seeing way fewer Dekalb school system run schools, and many more charter schools. The best solution to a perpetually dysfunctional organization is to drastically limit it’s power and influence…..that is, if you can’t just disband them altogether.

skipper

August 31st, 2012
8:59 am

This system is a cluster…pure and simple. If one rants against it, then they either are “elitists” or worse, “racists”. I am neither, but ANYBODY who seriously thinks this cluster is going to improve under the present situation is nutty. Laugh, cuss me, whatever. Check back in five years and see if this blight is better; it won’t be with the present set up. The worst thing is…EVERYBODY knows it!

Inman Park Boy

August 31st, 2012
9:10 am

I would like to stand up on behalf of SACS/AdvancEd. I have been an educator in the state of Georgia for forty one years, and I have spent every one of those years working in schools that have been and still are fully accredited by SACS. Any educator who points a finger at SACS as the “problem” is a fool.SACS has one goal in mind: guranteeing that schools are manned by competent teachers and administrators who have in mind the education of children as evidenced by a solid curriculum, continuous improvement, and the freedom of those educators to make decisions that are not swayed by the politics of local school boards. The DeKalb Board has had years to clean up its act, but neither it nor the citizens of DeKalb seem to be inclined to make it happen. To blame SACS for their own stupidity is an act of folly. No intelligent person is buying that argument.

bu2

August 31st, 2012
9:18 am

The action is because of the budget disaster this year. The week before school teachers didn’t know if they had jobs. Some may still be on the fence as they deferred some votes until after the election. The district significantly overspent its budget and noone seemed to know. Apologists claim the SACS keeps the board from asking questions, but that is nonsense. Managing the budget and setting priorities is the board’s primary job.

bu2

August 31st, 2012
9:20 am

Walker and Cunningham are likely to have to run against each other in 2 years. Maybe Copelin-Woods will finally be defeated. Removing 2 of those 3 would be a big step forward. We already have 5 new board members in the last 2 elections, all of whom are improvements (even if Elder is a bit of a dissappointment).

Lee

August 31st, 2012
9:48 am

I’m not defending the actions of DCSS, but SACS probably has no more credibility than, well, DCSS.

Who am I kidding. Carry on you crazy kids. There is a whole lot more taxpayer money just laying out there for the taking.

No. Really there is…

Fred in DeKalb

August 31st, 2012
9:52 am

Those at DSW2 should be commended for providing the entire letter from SACS. It can be found at,

http://dekalbschoolwatch.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/advanced-letter-of-aug-28-2012.pdf

See this allows everyone to see the FULL context of the concerns. This letter is directed to the FULL Board regarding concerns about their governance and support of the school system.

The AJC article only mentions financial concerns about legal fees, specifically budgeted versus actuals over at least five years. The same applies to utility and possibly payroll expenses. If one notices they are historically spending more than budgeted in a particular fund category, why do you allow it to continue?

Everyone should pay close attention to the first two paragraphs on page 3 of the letter. This has been a problem in DeKalb for many years, Board members meddling in day to day operations. Part of the meddling is due to overly involved parents and community members wanting to RUN some schools and influence hiring decisions. It is also public knowledge that at least two Board members have been informed that their questioning and requests for information goes above and beyond what a Board member should request. How can a superintendent and staff get anything done if they are constantly attempting to fulfill information requests? Board members starve the Central Office technology infrastructure then complain when information is not available in a timely manner and many times, incorrect. Board members are violating their own policies with some of their information requests.

It would be a shame for DeKalb to lose accreditation because Board members refuses to perform their constitutional duties as prescribed by law. They won’t be the only ones to blame, one can also blame members of the community for allowing this to go on for so long. Those doing the right things would be those that would suffer. I’ve said this many times,

There is enough blame to go around….

ConcernedParent

August 31st, 2012
10:36 am

Hey upset DeKalb parents-

Did you vote in the last election? When I went to vote out Paul Womack, it was me and about 5,000 of my closest friends. Too busy to vote these idiots out? Then be quiet. Someone in an earlier post said basically we get what we deserve. If we aren’t willing to vote these bozos out of office – hey what can you expect.

bootney farnsworth

August 31st, 2012
10:37 am

@ Inman

you are entitled to your opinion, however much reality runs in the face of it.
if by some quirk you do live in a twilight zone world where what you say is true, you are a rare and special boy indeed.

bootney farnsworth

August 31st, 2012
10:50 am

saying one has worked in a system SACS accredited for 41 years is not stating much of an accomplishment, RE: SACS. all that means is 4 times some system swept its trash under a pre-determined rug.

its not like SACS just shows up at the door like 60 min used too. SACS visits are well know years in advance, with pre visits to make sure you know what they’ll be looking at so you have plenty of time to fix things.

bootney farnsworth

August 31st, 2012
10:53 am

@ bu2

SACS is guilty of many things, but not of mental imprisonment. the board could ask as many questions as they wish to.

its an old saw that lawyers never ask questions they don’t know (or want to know) the answers too.
DCSS operates the same way

CharterStarter, Too

August 31st, 2012
11:17 am

@ Bootney:

“saying one has worked in a system SACS accredited for 41 years is not stating much of an accomplishment, RE: SACS. all that means is 4 times some system swept its trash under a pre-determined rug.”

For once, you and I agree.

The Deal

August 31st, 2012
11:25 am

How Mark Elgart can even show his face with DCSD only one level away from full accreditation is a mystery to me. I think DCSD’s full accreditation should be stripped ASAP. DeKalb Schools are an absolute disaster, including, but certainly not limited to, the school board.

There are major, major problems in the way the superintendent has and hasn’t done her job, information she has withheld, promises she has broken (transparency and steps to victory in the classroom being the main ones), HR heads taking family leave after having breakdowns in the parking lot of the central office, multiple legal firms being paid, RIF laws being violated, shuffling and hiding of cush positions from the central office, reorganizing in March and not putting out a new org chart until August (that doesn’t have names – WTH?), paying for an audit and not following 90% of its recommendations, not having an approved budget 30 days before it is – by law – due (September 30), being legitimately sued by multiple staff over RIFs and eliminating the retirement benefit, two grand juries recommending a special grand jury to investigate, a board member accusing the system of purposely overspending the budget and never implementing prior years’ budget cuts (with NO response from the administration), purchasing another multi-million dollar scripted program while we still pay for the previous one, I could go on.

It took me all of 30 seconds to list those problems. Any 2 of those should have had SACS setting up camp on Mountain Industrial, but they have been largely absent for YEARS, choosing to hide behind their computers and fire off letters, give weeks for responses followed by more weeks and months for the SACS response to their response, and then end up with a tiny slap on the wrist at the end that sends the message to the administration and board that obviously they aren’t doing that badly.

Yes, there is plenty of blame to go around, but SACS, if we are going to continue to pay them tens of thousands of dollars out of our own tax dollar pockets, should be the primary educational system professionals to blow the whistle on this entire cluster. If SACS can’t do it, then we should fire them, and find an accreditation agency that can lower the boom on this disaster of a school system.

HS Public Teacher

August 31st, 2012
11:37 am

SACS should not be a “watch dog” but rather an agency that ensures proper functioning of a school system.

Someone mentioned that when a school system loses accreditation, it hurts the kids more than the system…. if that happens then weren’t the kids already hurt? And, isn’t this a way to help ‘fix things?’

Bill & Ed's Excellent Adventure

August 31st, 2012
11:44 am

“Board members starve the Central Office technology infrastructure then complain when information is not available in a timely manner”

LMAO at that one Fred.

CharterStarter, Too

August 31st, 2012
11:50 am

@ HS Public Teacher – I am the one that made that statement. To your point, yes, children are already damaged by a dysfunctional system; however, if SACS comes in and takes accreditation away, that impacts their long-range opportunities with college, grants, etc. So it’s a double whammy.

I know of a district board member who has been pretty disgusted with their school board for a long, long time (there are more of these out there than people realize.) When the district went through their accreditation process, the board member chose to stay silent on all of the garbage going on in the district because they didn’t want the kids to be penalized if accreditation was lost (fearful of the situation poor Clayton County students have been in with their situation). This person decided just to do what they personally could as a board member to address the issues…but one person can only do so much.

There needs to be higher accountability for board members (charter board members included) who do not fulfill their fiduciary duties. Jail time. Fines. Whatever. If you accept the responsibility, and especially if you get paid for it, you should be accountable. The kids should not be impacted by adults’ poor decision making.

Bill & Ed's Excellent Adventure

August 31st, 2012
11:52 am

MANY Dekalb parents, teachers and administrators are beyond frustrated with the hand Atkinson & the BOE have dealt this year. These cuts hurt. How frustrating it is to hear from my child’s teacher at open house that she may/may not be my child’s teacher in a month from now. This is the state of affairs. BUT before we send Nathan Deal that SOS people are calling for, I think we need to ride out the year and wait for the newly elected BOE members to get DCSS back on course.

Fred in DeKalb

August 31st, 2012
12:08 pm

Bill & Ed’s Excellent Adventure, I recall hearing that much of HR is managed by spreadsheets because the internal systems can’t provide the necessary information. I hope that is not true for Finance but if good information cannot be provided, you have to ask the question. Someone also told me that an inventory system in the Sam Moss building was managed on a DOS system. Yes, if you want to save money and operate more efficiently, you must invest in your technology infrastructure, along with training the users. How can Dr. Atkinson make decisions if there are questions about the validity of the information she is getting? Same applies to Board members.

These things did not happen overnight in DeKalb Schools. They have been happening over the last 20-30 years. When times were good, the school system provided many extras, including operating small schools and providing door to door choice transportation. Now that money is tight, no one wants to give up these extras yet complain when tough decisions are made. You either need to find a way to increase revenues or make cuts when there is not enough money in the budget. Seems like many don’t want to do either.

There is enough blame to go around.

Dunwoody Mom

August 31st, 2012
12:26 pm

Fred, very few will dispute that there is much blame to go around – and that blames goes back to earlier Superintendents and school boards. The issue is that NO ONE – not SACS, not the DCSD BOE, not DCSD administration has stepped up to correct the issues outlined in Mark Elgart’s report. In reviewing each month’s HR and Finance Reports, anyone with a sound mine can tell that the systems producing this report are outdated. Where did all that money go that was spent on upgrading tech systems a few years back?

Dunwoody Mom

August 31st, 2012
12:27 pm

oops – that should be “sound mind” not “sound mine”.

LITIGATOR 1

August 31st, 2012
12:30 pm

As a long standing Dekalb Taxpayer (with no children in the school system) it is apparent that the problem is not the lack of money. Instead, the problem is how it’s spent on wasteful courses in Art, Music, and Band rather than being devoted to hiring Math, Science, and English teachers. No wonder so many of our students are graduating as functional illiterates.

Bill & Ed's Excellent Adventure

August 31st, 2012
12:49 pm

@Fred with all due respect, when I attend BOE meetings or watch them on public access, I see no expense spared as it relates to technology. Do we really need to spend taxpayer dollars to broadcast the spelling bee? Not sure, but I can tell you one way to fund technology upgrades in Dekalb, quit cutting at the bottom and start cutting at the top.

@charterstarter

August 31st, 2012
12:53 pm

Actually, Clayton students ended up ok. College admission people are smart enough to understand what is going on plus homeschooled students routinely are admitted to college, awarded scholarships etc.

another comment

August 31st, 2012
12:55 pm

The only thing that keeps the tax base up in Dekalb County is the location of the Clifton Corridor with Emory, CDC, The American Cancer Society , etc… Unfortunately, the Average Government worker at CDC doesn’t make enough money to send their children to a private school, so once their Children hit Elementary School age they are either move down the street to Decatur or pay the tuition to Decatur schools. Or they move out to Cobb or Gwinett County. They use to move out to Smokerise, it use to be the Subdivision of the GS-14 and aboves from CDC’s. My old boss was even steered to Main Street in Stone Mountain, when he came down from FDA in the early 80’s. Luckily he was divorced with out kids so a friend and I got him and intown Real Estate agent who got him a redone house accross the street from Lakeside about 15 years ago. Good thing there are the Emory Students and the Student housing nearby. Those that own the Driving Ms. Daisy Houses all have their kids either going to Padeia or down to Woodward.

So many of us would sit there at work dreaming of buying one of those Ms. Daisy Houses, even if we could find one that was a fixer we could afford and do ourselves. We could not condsider it because of the schools. The only person who could was the Engineer GS-13 who was married to a GS-14 PHd had no kids, bought a disgraced politicians house, next to electrical lines. Then a GS-13 Architect, who was married to Doctor. The doctor was a tiger mom, and they got their kids into one of the Magnet Programs. He also had me as a boss who streched the flexible work hour rules so he could pick up the girls from the Magnet program. He would come back with them and work more. Then I ended up with the incompetent wicked witch boss who didn’t want to accomadate the work schedule.

The plans of the Clifton Cooridor Committee 25 years ago where for it to become a magnet for high tech biological and chemical research, medical and Pharma Companies. Very High Paying jobs. What has been the biggest problems, the schools. The beautiful North Druid Hills School Building once one of the best Schools, people were proud to graduate from 40-45 years ago, is now way down. The School on the corner of Briarcliff and Clairmont sits empty after years of the board polluting the area with the Alternative School thugs. They would hang out on the corners and try to intimedate as you drove by.

Dekalb has gone down since Leanne was CEO. Sure she was at every building ground breaking, but she carred about Dekalb County and moving it forward. She was not Mr. CEO. The Problems really started when it elected a CEO who had to have body guards and be addressed as MR. CEO.

Elections should not be decided at any other time than November. Both parties should put up Candidates for all Offices. People need to stop voting because someone is there own skin color.

Lynn D

August 31st, 2012
1:08 pm

Bill and Eds….

Besides losing Womack’s abrasive, obnoxious presence at meetings and the ensuing chaos that sometimes causes, can you give me specific examples of what you think the three newly elected board members can do to change things? Do you believe that the three will vote the same on most issues?

Vira

August 31st, 2012
1:16 pm

Even more galling is the ungodly amout of money that the Board of Education has to in its budget. If you divide that per pupil served, all our kids could be going to fancy boarding schools out of state. The budget for schools is hundreds of millions more than the total budget for all other county operations. Why? And the schools still can not teach the vast majority of students enough math, science, grammar, etc. for them to be employable. At this point, would it really hurt anyone if the schools lost their accreditation and were forced to close?

Dunwoody Mom

August 31st, 2012
1:16 pm

Those individuals that really believe that things will be different on the BOE with its 3 new members are going to be very disappointed, imho.

The Deal

August 31st, 2012
1:30 pm

Agreed, DM and Lynn D, we are going to have the same 5-4 vote split as always.

Mike

August 31st, 2012
2:17 pm

Sadly, Dekalb and Clayton Counties are a good case study for what happens when people not capable of running a program are allowed to do so.

bu2

August 31st, 2012
2:44 pm

@Lynn D
Not sure how different it will be, but it will be better. Bowen led the mess the last two years and was the most important person to get off the board. You never knew where Womack was coming from. Not sure if he did either. McChesney, while well intentioned, was ineffective and probably in over his head (as Bowen claimed all 9 of them were-for once I agreed with him). So I think all 3 are big improvements, even if Johnson votes much the same way as Bowen. I think McMahan and Orson will be vastly more effective than the two they replaced.

Dunwoody Mom

August 31st, 2012
2:49 pm

Well, I am positive Orson will continue to be effective for the Fernbank community. I won’t hold my breath that he will make decisions that benefit all of DCSD.

my2cents

August 31st, 2012
3:01 pm

Well, I called the governors office and I was told the governor will not start any investigation of DCSS without a LOT of pressure from the public absent ‘official’ proceedings – in other words taxpayers in Dekalb need to call the governors office and make their voices heard. You can say all you want about presonalities, favoritism or cronyism, but let the dollars and the results speak for themselves – DCSS is NOT functioning properly and it will NOT get better by itself. If SACS cannot effectively police the situation the next hope is the governors office. Call.