DeKalb school board sues to prevent state hearing

Members of the DeKalb County school board approved a settlement agreement for Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson Feb. 8 and appointed former Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond as interim superintendent.

The DeKalb County Board of Education has filed a lawsuit to prevent a Feb. 21 hearing about its possible removal.

In the lawsuit, filed Feb. 19, the school board is asking for a temporary restraining order to halt its meeting with the Georgia Board of Education.

The DeKalb board is scheduled to go before the state board to show it has made significant improvement on the required actions called for by AdvancED, the organization that grants the county’s accreditation. Currently, the DeKalb school district is on accreditation probation.

State board members are tasked with making a recommendation to Gov. Nathan Deal about the possible removal of the current DeKalb school board and replace it with appointed members.

Dorie Turner Nolt, assistant director of communications for the Georgia Department of Education, said the board is reserving comment on the lawsuit for now.

“Until we hear otherwise, the DeKalb hearing will go on as scheduled,” Nolt said.

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  1. Chakira Johnson via Facebook says:

    Who is paying for this lawsuit? Sounds like a stall tactic, if they had made the improvements requested why would they need to file suit?

  2. Chakira, you are paying for the lawsuit. And me and all taxpayers. So the school district can hire lawyers, but they were telling children to glue their ragged books back together to save money.

  3. A judge has denied the school board’s request for a temporary restraining order. The meeting with the state BOE will go on tomorrow at 8 as scheduled. I need to set my alarm.

  4. Viola Davis says:

    We look forward to Superintendent Michael Thurmond, DeKalb Board of Education and the DeKalb Delegation attending the Restore DeKalb Question & Answer Town Hall Meeting to address the public’s questions concerning our accreditation.

    The Question & Answer Town Hall Meeting will occur on February 23, 2012 at Sanford Realty Company, 4183 Snapfinger Woods Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30035 from 2:00pm-4:00pm.

    Putting our children first and accreditation second. We hope to see everyone there.

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