DeKalb Schools Board Of Education

The Board of Education is the official policy making body for the DeKalb County School District. It, along with Superintendent, sets the school system's mission and goals.

Responsibilities of the Board & Superintendent
The Board of Education is responsible for setting policy for the school district. The superintendent serves as the school board's chief executive officer and, in partnership with their staff, is responsible for the daily operation of the school district.

The superintendent reports directly to the school board and is responsible for carrying out its policies, the policies set by the Georgia Board of Education, and ensuring compliance with state and federal education laws.

DeKalb County School District Mission
The mission of the DeKalb County School District is to form a collaborative effort between home and school that maximizes students' social and academic potential preparing them to compete in a global society.

DeKalb County School District Goals

  1. To narrow the achievement gap and improve the graduation rate by creating a high performance learning culture in all schools and sites.
  2. To increase rigor and academic achievement in reading/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies in preK-12.
  3. To ensure quality personnel in all positions.
  4. To ensure fiscal responsibility in order to maintain safe and healthy learning environments that support academic programs, resources, and services.

O.C.G.A. ยง 20-2-49 : Standards for local board of education members
The General Assembly finds that local boards of education play a critical role in setting the policies that lead to the operation and success of local school systems. School board members hold special roles as trustees of public funds, including local, state, and federal funds, while they focus on the singular objective of ensuring each student in the local school system receives a quality basic education. Board duties require specialized skills and training in the performance of vision setting, policy making, approving multimillion dollar budgets, and hiring a qualified superintendent. The motivation to serve as a member of a local board of education should be the improvement of schools and academic achievement of all students. Service on a local board of education is important citizen service. Given the specialized nature and unique role of membership on a local board of education, this elected office should be characterized and treated differently from other elected offices where the primary duty is independently to represent constituent views. Local board of education members should abide by a code of conduct and conflict of interest policy modeled for their unique roles and responsibilities. And although there are many measures of the success of a local board of education, one is clearly essential: maintaining accreditation and the opportunities it allows the school system's students.

Georgia Constitution - Article VIII, Section V, Paragraph II
Boards of education. Each school system shall be under the management and control of a board of education, the members of which shall be elected as provided by law. School board members shall reside within the territory embraced by the school system and shall have such compensation and additional qualifications as may be provided by law.