by: Erica Byfield Updated:
A report shows that DeKalb County taxpayers have shelled out more than $30,000 to pay suspended school board members.
A report by an agency that accredits schools suggested the suspended board members were dysfunctional and had poor money management skills.
Channel 2's Erica Byfield submitted an open records request for their pay and benefit information since the governor suspended them in late February and learned they each have been issued five checks, and have taken home a total of $4,875. The money covers base pay and travel expenses.
Another document obtained by Channel 2's Erica Byfield indicates the replacement board members have made $3,046 since their appointment.
"It's something as a taxpayer that you don't like to see," DeKalb County resident Carl Neigoot said.
All of the suspended board members, except Jester, sent the governor a letter asking to be reinstated by the late April deadline.
Instead, Jester sent the governor a resignation letter.
The first line reads, "I am tendering my official resignation to you."
That sentence is critical because DeKalb school officials
Byfield spoke to Jester on the phone.
Jester confirmed she has not sent a resignation letter to the school district. The Dunwoody resident added since she did not ask the governor to be reinstated, she was under the impression she will no longer receive DeKalb school paychecks.