DeKalb school board controversy headed to Ga. Supreme Court

by: Erica Byfield Updated:

The new members of the DeKalb County School Board 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.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Late Thursday, Channel 2 Action News learned the controversy involving the DeKalb County School Board is headed to Georgia's Supreme Court.
 

Attorneys for the DeKalb County School District and state Board of Education want to know if the law Gov. Nathan Deal used to remove six elected officials is constitutional.
 
That development came on the same day we found out the new board, including the six people Deal appointed, will be on the job for the first time next week.
 
The chairman of the school board told Channel 2's Erica Byfield there are two pressing issues the board must address: student tribunals and the budget.
 
Currently, there are more than 10 students facing disciplinary actions who have submitted appeals to the board.  Without a board in place, there is no one available to hear the student's appeals.  Equally as important are the budget proposals for the upcoming school year the board needs to discuss.   
 
"The budget must be tentatively approved by law in April and approved by May, so to meet those deadlines," said Board Chairman Melvin Johnson.