School Board Votes Down Womack's Financial Investigation

The DeKalb County Board of Education voted 5-4 Tuesday against asking the governor's office to investigate the school system's finance and human resources departments.

Paul Womack, the DeKalb County Board of Education's District 4 member, has been .

The school board decided against that Monday night, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It was a 5-4 vote.

From the story:

The motion seemed to take board Chairman Eugene Walker by surprise. "Beg your pardon?" he asked. Womack confirmed that he wanted the governor to investigate whether budget cuts ordered by the school board in past years were implemented, prompting Walker to call the move "ludicrous in the extreme" and "ridiculous."

The board also voted to approve a tax rate increase. Read the rest of the AJC story for that information.

Commenters on a similar story about Womack's quest have also been busy on the popular DeKalb School Watch Two blog. Some say Womack's just trying to get re-elected (as he faces considerable opposition this go around). From the blog post:

Womack has been part of this the entire time. The cuts were made, then the superintendent (take your pick…including our current one!!!) signed off on new hires, new programs, you name it. He also could have pushed to settle one of the MANY lawsuits that has been bleeding the district dry for over half of a decade. He can’t cast stones now. Since he’s opened his mouth and opened himself up for litigation, have you noticed how people are distancing themselves? He doesn’t have the data to back his claims and he knows it. He just keeps pushing because (a) it’s an election year and (b) if he doesn’t keep this up it will make him look even more foolish than he already does. The AJC contacted everyone of the agencies that could be investigating this…the ones he supposedly contacted already…none of them knew what the AJC reporter was talking about. Just one more example of how Womack blusters and talks before thinking. He loves to be heard, loves to be the one with all of the information. Too bad he doesn’t have any.

Should the school board have voted differently or did the majority make the right decision? What about Womack? Tell us in the comments section below.

dianne joy July 10, 2012 at 02:44 PM
The Grand Jury questioned the school board and even in an election year,I am glad someone has stood up to Eugene Walker. Mr. Walker called an investigation ludicrous? I believe Mr. Walker has at least 3 family members working for the DeKalb Co. Board of Education and I am sure at very nice salaries. I wonder if any of them have been laid off. I have no idea what Paul Womack's motives are but I want all the expenditures investigated, too. DeKalb Schools had some of the lowest test scores in the metro area. Shameful! Actually, everything that board has allowed to happen the last decade is shameful. I would imagine it is easy to guess which four members voted for the investigation. Some of those not up for re-election were protected by the way the school district map was drawn. It is never too late to turn this school district around but it may take getting getting rid of those who have forgotten this is about education and children and not their personal agendas. We need some new crusaders to take our schools in the right direction.
DekalbSchoolWatch2 July 11, 2012 at 08:05 PM
To clarify: That quote was from a comment on the DeKalb School Watch blog, it was not in our blog post and was not written by a blog moderator. The same is true for Maureen Downey's Get Schooled blog at the AJC. Maureen writes the post, but has nothing to do with the comments, other than her own.
Jonathan Cribbs July 11, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I mentioned the commenting in the first sentence of that paragraph.


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