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DeKalb County School Board Chairman steps down

8:12 PM, Feb 18, 2013   |    comments
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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Following a long meeting in executive session Monday, the DeKalb school board voted to hold another meeting and elect a new board chair.

The current chairman, Dr. Eugene Walker, says he's stepping down as a way to improve the board's image.

This week, the fate of thousands of DeKalb County students hangs in the balance, as the district risks losing accreditation. 

Monday morning, the school board held its first meeting since former Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond took over as interim superintendent.

At his urging, the board agreed to hire the services of McKenna, Long & Aldrige, LLP for governance training through the lawfirm's Governance Training Center.

"We are going to learn to treat others as you would like to treat others.  In a public setting and in a board setting there are certain ethical boundaries you cannot cross," said Thurmond.

The training will cost a minimum of $150,000 for three months not including other possible expenses for things like consultants, experts and document copying services.

On Thursday, board members will meet with the State School Board, which could recommend that the governor clean house.

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