Here are folks interviewed for the DeKalb school board

Here is the list of 63 people interviewed by the governor’s panel and the districts for which they were under consideration. (The districts are the numbers next to their names. Remember, DeKalb has two super districts.) The governor is scheduled to announce six board members from this list tomorrow at 11 a.m.

“I am overwhelmed by the extraordinary group of people in DeKalb County who stepped forward to try to help their community,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “I greatly appreciate the nominating panel’s hard work and the difficult choices the members faced when narrowing down a field with so many excellent candidates. These individuals have worked with the best interests of DeKalb’s children in mind, and I’m proud of the progress we have made. Protecting the opportunities of our youngest generation is a sacred trust; I want DeKalb’s parents, students, teachers and homeowners to know, it’s a trust I will keep.”

The list:

Ophelia Mims 5,9

Melvin Mitchell 5,9

Cheryl Phillips 5,9

Cassandra Barber 5,9

LaSalle Smith 5,9

Stacy Boyd 5,9

Doris Daniels 5,9

Jonathan Weintraub 1,8

Janea Johnson 7,8

Bob Dallas 1,8

Will Thomas 7,8

Long Tran 1,8

Joyce Morley 7,8

Werner Rogers 1,8

Edmond Richardson 3,9

John Coleman 1,8

Deanna Cauthen 3,9

Sherida Clayton 3,9

Douglas Ealey 7,8

Michael Erwin 3,9

Dennis Neblett 7,8

Martha Brooks 9

Thaddeus Mayfield 5,9

Melanie Stockwell 9

Jennifer Hatfield 8

Darryl Davis 3,9

Jamilah Stephens 5,9

Michael Coveny 1,8

John Plotkin 3,9

Doreen Carter 5,9

Mike Hassinger 8

Bryce Farbstein 7,8

Doug Teper 9

David Campbell 5,9

Joy Hawkins 1,8

Kathleen Mathers 9

Daniel Montgomery 8

Anthony McClarn 3,9

David Williamson 8

Nicholas Marinelli 1,8

LaToya Marc 5,9

Ronald Mangum 8

Catherine Metaxopoulos 9

Jonathan Vaughters 8

Karen Carter 8

Marney Mayo 8

Belinda Hammond 8

Dan Weber 1,8

Florena Oliver 8

Rosa McPherson-Greene 8

Elizabeth Flournoy 5,9

Jacquelyn Morris 3,9

Gina Mangham 8

Cynthia Chennault 5,9

Faye Andresen 9

LaTosha Jones 3,9

Todd Pearson 8

Stephen Bradshaw 7,8

Beverly West 3,9

Lynn Grant 9

Rosalind McIntyre 8

Trent Frank 3,9

Denorris Heard 7,8

86 comments Add your comment

Dunwoody Mom

March 12th, 2013
3:30 pm

How did Lynn Grant make the list? She was a previous BOE member during this 10-year decline and is also the daughter of the late-Superintendent Jim Cherry?

Angela

March 12th, 2013
3:34 pm

Maureen,

Could you please explain what the numbers mean? Is it 3 in favor and 9 not in favor?

concernedmom30329

March 12th, 2013
3:34 pm

The fact that they interviewed Lynn Grant is disheartening at best and discouraging at worse. Presuming this is the former board member, she was a master meddler and the reason Crawford Lewis got the job. UGH

concernedmom30329

March 12th, 2013
3:35 pm

Angela

those are district numbers (ie district 3 and super district 9)

Chamblee Dad

March 12th, 2013
3:37 pm

And since the NAACP position has been revealed in startling clarity, they will shortly release their own list of “qualified” candidates by the only criteria that really matters . . . .

sam waters

March 12th, 2013
3:38 pm

Is there a provision in this process for residency challenges. I know there everyone on this list doesn’t necessarily live in the areas they are trying to represent anymore

Angela

March 12th, 2013
3:38 pm

@concernedmom30329, Thanks!!!!!!!!!

Chamblee Dad

March 12th, 2013
3:39 pm

Guess Elder better hope they win their appeal

Dunwoody Mom

March 12th, 2013
3:43 pm

I would like to thank all the individuals who were dedicated and committed enough to apply for the open DCSS BOE positions. They have to know the challenges that the district faces and were still willing to take this own. Bravo to you all!

The Deal

March 12th, 2013
3:44 pm

Did I see somewhere that 100 of the 400 applicants did not return the questionnaire?

curious

March 12th, 2013
3:49 pm

I wonder how many constant, everyday contributors on this blog threw their astute qualifications in the hat? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Chamblee Dad

March 12th, 2013
3:54 pm

@Dunwoody Mom Agreed on those willing to step up! Any of those who often post here make it into the interview? I know there were at least 3.

Chamblee Dad

March 12th, 2013
3:57 pm

@NAACP Do you need pictures of those on the list, just like some on the board did when selecting Atkinson? You know, just to keep them straight . . . no other reason.

Bernie Matt

March 12th, 2013
4:05 pm

@ Chamblee Dad – save your Bull about the NAACP. You obviously, believe the spin of your white media. No one in that meeting requested for Blacks to replace Blacks on the board. it was your racist Governor, you know the one who characterized certain citizens of Georgia, as ghetto grandmothers, that insulted the NAACP by suggesting, they find “good black folks” to run for the board next time.
I know I’m waisting time even pointing out the facts to you, because you people still like to invent your own facts. Beginning with the one about the Natives welcoming you to this land.

Lakeside Mom

March 12th, 2013
4:06 pm

A little background on these people might be nice, like a list of qualifications.

Madge From Accounting

March 12th, 2013
4:07 pm

And since the NAACP position has been revealed in startling clarity, they will shortly release their own list of “qualified” candidates by the only criteria that really matters . . . .

The only criteria is that they get VOTED in. In our country the constitution, which all lot of cons purport to love and uphold, has a codicil about representation and how our republic is supposed to be run.

We VOTE for our representatives in America. In other countries, they are FORCED to take whats APPOINTED over them.

Bernie Matt = Uneducated

March 12th, 2013
4:14 pm

YOU are a MORON! If they were smart, they would have an all white board so that there were no problems. Very obvious what poor “leaders” black people are. See APD, Atlanta Schools, former Atlanta mayors, etc.

Baddabing

March 12th, 2013
4:18 pm

Get all new folks with no known political affiliations, no previous experience on local government boards, who have kids, preferably more than one in the Dekalb School System and who have at least a bachelors degree, teaching experience or have had a successful public sector job. Race or gender is not important here.

Middle Aged Middle of the Roader

March 12th, 2013
4:23 pm

I don’t understand why race should be a consideration here at all. I saw one comment saying that the demographics of the new board had better match that from the 2010 census. Please, pick the best people, regardless of race.

To be honest, I never understood why the school board should be elected anyway. When you vote on the board members, how much research do you do? Not much, I would guess. Perhaps if they have been in the news you might know there name, but otherwise, they are just names on the ballot. I wouldn’t be opposed to having the county commissioners appoint them. (I don’t think the Governor would want to have to do it for all the counties!) The county commissioners would at least care about the impact of the rating of the school system on property values (due to the related property tax values), even if they weren’t actually concerned for the kids.

Pardon My Blog

March 12th, 2013
4:26 pm

@Bernie and @Madge – The NAACP showed no concern about the needs of the students in DeKalb. Instead of working with the Governor and the system to ensure that the majority black students have a future, they are instead working on behalf of individuals who have no interest in education. I looked at the list and there are some very qualified African Americans along with others from a diverse background who truly have the interest of the students at heart.

@ concernedmom – Lynn Grant worked very hard on behalf of DeKalb County however she along with a few other Board members at the time were consistently lied to by Lewis starting with his hirings, etc. I think she has the experience and background to get the county back on sure footing but frankly I am surprised she wants to even go there again after all the crap she had to put up with.

@Madge – regarding the constitution, could you be referring to Obama?

concernedmom30329

March 12th, 2013
4:28 pm

pardon my blog, Grant worked hard to get rid of Brown, whom she couldn’t control, and put in Lewis, after parents begged her not to, because she could control him. I disagree with your assessment. She had two sisters making far more $ then the positions justified.

Ed Advocate

March 12th, 2013
4:29 pm

I see some familiar names on the list. Dan Weber is the former chair of the Senate Ed Committee and a pretty thoughtful guy, but he’s a registered lobbyist representing a consortium of charter school systems. Not sure if it would be kosher for him to rep both interests. Perhaps he would drop the charter system gig. Kathleen Mathers was at the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement during the Perdue years. She was instrumental in uncovering the APS cheating scandal. Relatedly, Joy Hawkins (I think it’s the same Joy Hawkins anyway), was at the Metro Chamber during that same time. I think she’s at the GA Student Finance Commission now. Like Weber, she might also be vulnerable to conflict of interest allegations. Melanie Stockwell was at GA DOE during the Shrenko years, then she worked for Senator Eric Johnson on expanding voucher programs in GA. She might be too divisive for this role.

Georgia

March 12th, 2013
4:36 pm

A most impressive list! I wouldn’t want to be the one who has to choose. But I will admit, that with so many accomplished women on the list, I am looking forward to the swim suit portion of the competition. (sorry, my inner moron made me write this, it’s not a snark grenade. It’s a sickness I was born with, I can’t seem to take anything seriously. Not. One. Thing. I guess it’s not funny, considering what’s at stake, just our children’s future. I sure wish I hadn’t submitted this idiotic comment. Is there a way to retract comments? Oh, Maureen, come on, at least let us feel the remorse for our troll impulse and then retract and take it back. Then, when innocent and unsuspecting lurkers, who maybe have some skin in the game, like a teacher or a student, when they log on and start focusing their eyes on the comment I just made, well, maybe I could snatch it away just in time, and they would be spared the total moronium that you had to endure just now along with rest. Imagine if Atlanta had gone through this entire day without my pathetic attempts at humor. Wouldn’t this be a better metropolis?

Sigh…..(insert emoticon of a guy sticking his head in the toilet). bubbles……gurling sounds…..call 911!

Middle Aged Middle of the Roader

March 12th, 2013
4:37 pm

@Madge and @ Ed Advocate- if all of us were as knowledge as Ed Advocate about the qualifications of running for the school board, perhaps we could vote intelligently. But until, then, I stick with my assertion that it would be best for the school board to be appointed. I would trust Ed’s ability to choose wisely more than my own or yours at the moment. Agree?

Scott Reynolds

March 12th, 2013
4:41 pm

Many years ago Hosea Williams was crucifying Dillard Munford for not hiring more blacks for Majik Market jobs. Nr. Munford asked Hosea to send him fol;ks that would work hard and not steal from him and he would hire them on the spot. What’s changed?

Maureen Downey

March 12th, 2013
4:47 pm

@Ed advocate, I ran an entry on all the former state folks on the list, including former state Rep. Doug Teper. And it is the same Joy Hawkins. Not sure what I think about former state elected officials or state employees on the board.
Maureen

Chamblee Dad

March 12th, 2013
4:47 pm

@bernie mac “you people” Uh. . .What kind of “people” are you referring to? Do you know the color of my skin? I don’t know yours, unless you were in the picture as one of the NAACP leaders.

Concernedmom30329

March 12th, 2013
4:52 pm

Not a fan of Stockwell. Weber withdrew before he was interviewed.

I think some of the others might make great interim board members.

Citizen Dave

March 12th, 2013
4:53 pm

I’m hoping that the cardinals at the vatican make Eugene Walker pope. Perhaps then he will step down and end the litigation.

Ed Advocate

March 12th, 2013
4:55 pm

@ Middle Aged, I won’t weigh in on the appointed vs. elected debate except to say that the mechanism we currently have in place means the Governor will appoint replacements. Like many who care about Dekalb students, I want these folks to be well-vetted, ethical, thoughtful, and successful.

Ed Advocate

March 12th, 2013
4:58 pm

Thanks Maureen. I have similar feelings.

concerned citizen

March 12th, 2013
5:05 pm

I’m sure plenty of people know who the six are. Would you please tell me? Do all of the six know who else is in their company? Yes, I am noisy, but it is my business. Please give it up if you know who these board members are.

Concernedmom30329

March 12th, 2013
5:06 pm

I believe that 1 former state person might not be a bad choice, more than that, would be problematic. I also wonder if a former legislator might be better suited than a former bureaucrat.

Bob Miles

March 12th, 2013
5:14 pm

As a Black 34 year South DeKalb resident who has observed the continuous decline of the management/leadership competence of the BOE, I commend the Gov. Deal for these members. In my opinion, audits/ investigations prove that the ousted members are either incompetent or perhaps more dedicated to their personal agendas/self servants rather than being productive public servants. In addition, as Co-founder of the first NAACP in Central America, I was disgusted listening to it’s members rant and rave about Deal’s replacement process. It is sad that the DeKalb NAACP and others can only get media attention by deliberately inserting RACISM in an attempt to achieve relevancy. Yes, we Black people did elect these people. However, we did a sorry job. Now the Gov. has to clean our mess. Please, NAACP and other Black social activist, stop manufacturing every time you open your mouths. There is enough real issues with which to concern yourselves.

Decatur Dad

March 12th, 2013
5:14 pm

@ Chamblee Dad – Please go burn a cross and stop playing with yourself. You make about as much sense as Nathan Deal. If we’re dissatisfied with the board members that YOUR governor hand picks for us, you and anybody else that share your racist views will know it.

paulo977

March 12th, 2013
5:17 pm

Bernie Matt “I know I’m waisting time even pointing out the facts to you, because you people still like to invent your own facts. Beginning with the one about the Natives welcoming you to this land”
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Don’t ever give up fighting for truth and justice…… It takes time but truth will emerge .

Bernie Matt

March 12th, 2013
5:17 pm

@ Pardon my blog – very interesting that you know some of the people who made the cut out of 400 applicants. Even more interesting is you characterization of them as “having the interest of the students at heart”. Well I’ll tell you like i told Chamblee dad, save the bull for someone who doesn’t know any better. If they were such servants of the people, why didn’t they put their name on the ballot and run in the last election.
It amazes me how the very people who give themselves credit for creating “democracy”, only think it’s necessary when it is to their benefit.

paulo977

March 12th, 2013
5:22 pm

Who stands for the children?

March 12th, 2013
5:24 pm

Bernie, you sure do rant, rave and attack……who peed in your Wheaties? Perhaps therapy will help. And, by the way you are “waisting” your time….whatever that is supposed to mean.

Bottom line, let the six appointees, whomever they may be, do their jobs and let us demand transparency and let them know we are watching.

Bernie Matt

March 12th, 2013
5:25 pm

@ Moron – Richard Nixon, Mitch Skandalakis, Former State Superintident who used tax dollars for a face lift, Gwinnett county official just copped a plea with her son in the bribery case, Ga, judge who fell in love with the stripper and was doing cocaine, South Carolina Governor went to Brazil to find his love-while his State and his wife were left to wonder….

I could go on, but all think all intelligent people get the point!

Decatur Dad

March 12th, 2013
5:26 pm

Amen Bernie Matt, AMEN!!!!

Maureen Downey

March 12th, 2013
5:26 pm

Bernie, Not sure if you saw news story but our former school chief just left prison. Not sure if that facelift held up.
Maureen

Bernie Matt

March 12th, 2013
5:29 pm

@ who stands…- It’s always the trick of the devil to characterize defense of oneself or group as an “attack”.

FromSD

March 12th, 2013
5:29 pm

Whoever narrowed the list to sixty didn’t do much due diligence. I googled every candidate for district 3 and of the ones I could find easily, one has three different arrests, one home-schooled for twenty years, so she says, and the other is a wannabe career politician. only one seemed to be a viable person for the job.I hope they let us see the criteria they used to narrow the field and to select the final six.

Bernie Matt

March 12th, 2013
5:31 pm

@ Maureen – yes i did, Linda Shrenko was the name i think! Why didn’t the any call for removal of the state board!

Pardon My Blog

March 12th, 2013
5:33 pm

Perhaps the real message behind the response “These were just children” is that they haven’t been indoctrinated into the hate message that seems to come increasingly from the NAACP. Their very existence depends on the continued message that the black community is oppressed. Instead of encouraging people to become informed, they inform them on whom to vote.

Attentive Parent/Invisible Serfs Collar

March 12th, 2013
5:35 pm

Paulo-if you are interested in that, read Gary Orfield’s work.

I have tracked this which is why it is not realistic to think the powers that be want Dekalb or APS to get better. No, the logic is to destroy what works in Cobb and North Fulton. Just like they did in Charlotte when they sought to return to neighborhood schools.

Linda Darling-Hammond has also written quite a bit on resegregation.

Chamblee Dad

March 12th, 2013
5:35 pm

So I’m being slammed here & on the previous thread for being either 1 – racist, or 2 – not racist enough. Must be doing something right.

@Dunwoody Dad Assume too much. I didn’t vote for Deal or any Republican candidate in the 30 years I’ve voted. I normally vote Libertarian whenever I can, not that it matters. If being critical of the NAACP for putting race above the educational well-being of our children is racist in your world. How about let’s see how the NAACP reacts if the selections don’t meet their criteria? I could be wrong, and they embrace what I hope is a qualified group, regardless of race. If so, I’ll get on here as fast as I can to “stand corrected.” But I suspect the make-up will be to their liking, at leat at first glance.

Pardon My Blog

March 12th, 2013
5:35 pm

Wow, Maureen. The claws are coming out! This DeKalb mess seems to have gotten to you. Take a vacation.

Chamblee Dad

March 12th, 2013
5:40 pm

@Bob Miles “In my opinion, audits/ investigations prove that the ousted members are either incompetent or perhaps more dedicated to their personal agendas/self servants rather than being productive public servants.” Oh so painfully true just how bad we will find we’ve been taken. It wil be far worse that you describe – if it’s done right.