DeKalb County School Board members got an earful Saturday from parents frustrated over the dysfunction with the board. Their frustration comes a Governor Deal is set to announce on Monday if he will remove the school board members.
The problems of the school board have ultimately lead to the school district being put on probation and the frustration was evident on Saturday when a couple hundred parents packed a meeting in south DeKalb County with lots of questions for two board members who actually showed up.
Six of the nine board members stand to lose their jobs on Monday if Governor Nathan Deal accepts the recommendation to replace the elected officials.
The State Board of Education held a 14-hour marathon meeting on Thursday, during which DeKalb board members fought for their jobs in a courtroom-like proceeding. In the end, the State Board of Education recommended that the governor remove and suspend with pay Pamela Speaks, Eugene Walker, Sarah Copeland-Wood, Jay Cunningham Donna Edler and Nancy Jester.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed DeKalb Schools on accreditation probation status back in December. The agency gave the district one year to clean up its act. The district is the only school system out of 1,000 in the U.S. placed on probation.