DeKalb School Board Chair to Give Up Chairmanship

Feb 18, 2013

The chairman of the DeKalb County school board says he’s stepping down as chair. Dr. Eugene Walker made the announcement at a meeting Monday.

The board, which is on accredited probation for governance problems, couldn’t agree on a chair at a meeting last week. Although Walker received the most votes, he didn’t get a majority. So, he said, there will be another election.

“We want the public to know that we’re on board," Walker said, "And we’ll make whatever sacrifices are necessary to move forward and move us forward in a positive way.”

After the meeting, interim superintendent Michael Thurmond applauded Walker’s decision.

“I think it was a really commendable thing he did," Thurmond said, "He recognized that there are challenges, that there are issues. And for him to voluntarily step down and not seek re-election I think is significant.”

The board will meet to elect a new chair Wednesday. That’s one day before they’ll face the state board of education to demonstrate the progress they’ve made in the last month.