At a press conference this morning, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the six new members of the DeKalb County Board of Education. It looks like the nomination panel bypassed the high profile names and went for people with management skills. The new board will be sworn in today at 1 p.m.
The six are: John Coleman of District 1, Michael Erwin of District 3, David Campbell of District 5, Joyce Morley of District 7, Karen Carter of District 8 and Thad Mayfield of District 9. See their bios here.
Deal said the panel was looking for a fresh slate, although at least one new board member has been involved with the board in some capacity. Mayfield chaired the 2010 20-member Citizens Planning Task Force that looked at school closings. He was campaign chair for former board member Frances Edwards back in 1998.
“We did an exhaustive job of finding qualified nominations for these seats,” said panel member Kenneth Mason, a state Board of Education member.
“If race is a factor, the racial makeup of the six corresponds with the racial makeup of the six who were removed,” said Deal, explaining that there are five African-Americans and one white among the six.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog