• DeKalb board member may resign

    By: Erica Byfield


    DECATUR, Ga. - One of the suspended DeKalb County School Board members may resign.

    Nancy Jester represents Dunwoody. The latest entry on her blog is titled "thank you."

    "I want to express my gratitude and sincere thanks for the opportunity to serve," Jester wrote in the blog entry.

    Jester joined the board two years ago. Her post later mentions she feels comfortable with the governor replacing her.

    On Monday, Channel 2 Action News reported a federal judge refused to stop Gov. Nathan Deal from replacing six suspended board members.

    The week prior, the Georgia State Board of Education recommended Deal remove Nancy Jester, Pamela Speaks, Eugene Walker, Jay Cunningham, Sarah Wood and Donna Edler.

    Last year, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or SACS, put the district on probation.

    Previously, Jester told Channel 2 Action News she was a whistle-blower and provided SACS investigators with a lot of information about the district's finances.

    The director of the accrediting agency told Channel 2 Action News Jester was not a whistle-blower; and instead was part of the problem with the DeKalb County School Board.

    In DeKalb, a school board member's resignation is only official if the board's chairman is made aware.

    Channel 2's Erica Byfield spoke to board Chairman Melvin Johnson several times on Wednesday and as of  7 p.m. he said he had not received Jester's resignation.

    The panel the governor selected to help him replace the suspended board members is expected to meet on Friday at the State Capitol.

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