DeKalb County School District

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The DeKalb Board of Education established the first Monday in each month for its Business Meeting, with the exception of April, September, December and January. 2015. The DeKalb Board of Education will also hold a Work Session on the same day as the business meeting, and at such other times as needed.

All meetings are held at the Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex., 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Business Meetings begin at 7:00pm, and are held in the J. David Williamson Board Room. Work Sessions begin at 2:00pm, and held in the Cabinet Room.

Board Members & Districts

johnsonDr. Melvin Johnson

District 6 (Chair)

mcmahanMr. James L. McMahan

District 4 (Vice Chair)

colemanMr. Stan O. Jester

District 1

orsonMr. Marshall D. Orson

District 2

erwinDr. Michael A. Erwin

District 3

campbellMrs. Vickie B. Turner

District 5

morleyDr. Joyce A. Morley

District 7

.org link icon Dr. Melvin Johnson [ ] | Chair | District #6

Dr. Melvin Johnson is a father, husband, career educator, and community leader.

Dr. Johnson received his B.S degree from Fort Valley State University and continued his education at Atlanta University where he earned Masters, Specialist, and Doctorate degrees. During his 30 plus years as an educator, he has been a teacher, principal, Assistant Area Superintendent, Area Superintendent, Associate Superintendent, and Deputy Superintendent. He has four children. His youngest two are recent graduates or Redan High School and are currently enrolled in colleges. His adult children are also college graduates. He has been active in community, school and civic organizations including serving as a life-time member of the NAACP, serving on the Parent Advisory Committee, being active with the Redan Booster Club and Redan PTA, and serving as a DCSD Tribunal Judge. A member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Dr. Johnson has served on several Boards over a number of years. He and his lovely wife, Felicia, are long-time residents of Stone Mountain and are committed to community involvement. Because of his past and current knowledge of how school systems work and how Boards operate, he is uniquely qualified to serve on the DeKalb County Board of Education.

Elementary Schools  »

SchoolShared District
Hambrick ES District 4 (McMahan)
Eldridge Miller ES
Pine Ridge ES
Princeton ES
Redan ES District 7 (Morley)
Rock Chapel ES
Rockbridge ES
Shadow Rock ES District 7 (Morley)
Stone Mill ES District 4 (McMahan)
Stone Mountain ES District 4 (McMahan)
Wynbrooke Theme ES District 7 (Morley)

Middle Schools  »

SchoolShared District
Freedom MS District 3 (Erwin)
District 4 (McMahan)
District 7 (Morley)
Stephenson MS District 7 (Morley)

High Schools  »

SchoolShared District
Stephenson HS District 7 (Morley)
Stone Mountain HS District 4 (McMahan)

Other Facilities  »

Champion Theme
DeKalb Alternative
DeKalb Night High School
DeKalb Truancy
East Campus (Support Services)
Hallford Stadium
Shadow Rock Center

.org link icon Mr. James McMahan [ ] | Vice Chair | District #4

Jim is a 3rd generation native Atlantan. A 1983 graduate of Northside High School of the Atlanta Public School District. His father is a 1953 graduate of the same school. Jim attended Georgia State University and Wofford College in SC.

At the age of 19, Jim decided to leave school early and enter the business world. He has worked in the financial services industry since 1984 (29 years). Jim has worked for Amstar Mortgage Network since 2008 and has been a residential loan originator for the last 10 years.

Jim and his wife Susan recently celebrated their 15th anniversary, and have two beautiful daughters who attend Sagamore ES and Henderson MS.

His parental involvement with the school district included room parent, PTA representative, member of 2 school councils (1 at the elementary and 1 at the middle school level), and PTA district representative for the Lakeside High School cluster of schools.

McMahan has based his experiences with the schools and the school district as well as community support as the main reasons to run for the school board.

He is currently the vice-chairman of the DeKalb County School Board. And is pleased to be part of the solution going forward for DeKalb County Schools and its 99,000 students, parents and community stakeholders.

Elementary Schools  »

SchoolShared District
Briarlake ES District 2 (Orson)
Brockett ES
Dresden ES District 1 (Jester)
District 2 (Orson)
Evansdale ES
Idlewood ES District 7 (Morley)
Jolly ES District 6 (Johnson)
District 7 (Morley)
Livsey ES
Midvale ES
Oak Grove ES
Oakcliff Theme ES
Pleasantdale ES
Smoke Rise ES

Middle Schools  »

SchoolShared District
Stone Mountain MS District 6 (Johnson)
Tucker MS District 7 (Morley)

High Schools  »

SchoolShared District
Lakeside HS District 1 (Jester)
District 2 (Orson)
Tucker HS District 7 (Morley)

Other Facilities  »

Elizabeth Andrews HS
William Bradley Bryant Center
DeKalb Early College Academy
DeKalb On-line Academy
Heritage Center
Mountain Industrial AIC

.org link icon Mr. Stan O. Jester [ ] | District #1

Elementary Schools  »

SchoolShared District
Austin ES
Chesnut ES
Dunwoody ES
Hawthorne ES District 4 (McMahan)
Henderson Mill ES District 4 (McMahan)
Hightower ES
Huntley Hills ES
Kingsley ES
Montgomery ES
Cary Reynolds ES District 4 (McMahan)
Vanderlyn ES

Middle Schools  »

SchoolShared District
Chamblee MS District 2 (Orson)
Henderson MS District 2 (Orson)
District 4 (McMahan)
Peachtree MS
Sequoyah MS District 2 (Orson)
District 4 (McMahan)

High Schools  »

SchoolShared District
Chamblee HS District 2 (Orson)
Dunwoody HS

Other Facilities  »

Kittredge Magnet ES at Nancy Creek
North DeKalb Stadium
Warren Technical School

.org link icon Mr. Marshall Orson [ ] | District #2

Marshall Orson was elected from District 2 which includes Druid Hills and Cross Keys High Schools, Druid Hills Middle School, Ashford Park, Briar Vista, Fernbank, Laurel Ridge, McLendon, Montclair, Sagamore Hills and Woodward Elementary Schools, the International Community School and the Margaret Harris Center.

Mr. Orson is the founder of the consulting firm Melbourne Partners which provides business development services for intellectual property licensing, acquisitions and partnership transactions. He was a co-founder and partner in the media strategy and crisis management firm Devonwood Media. From 1989 to 2001, Mr. Orson worked at Turner Broadcasting including five years as Vice President and General Manager of the Turner Trade Group ("TTG"). TTG is the world's largest media company-owned trade business and Mr. Orson oversaw its global media sales and retail operations, and all business and legal issues. Mr. Orson also held a number of executive business positions at Turner focusing on content creation, use, acquisition and disposition. He joined Turner's legal department in 1989, overseeing deals related to its motion picture library, selected production deals and due diligence projects related to Turner corporate acquisitions.

Prior to joining Turner, Mr. Orson practiced law in the Atlanta office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker after clerking for the Hon. R. Allen Edgar (E.D. Tennessee). He is a graduate of the Duke University School of Law (Order of the Coif and High Honors), where he served as Senior Editor of Law and Contemporary Problems, and he also received his bachelor's degree (cum laude) from Duke University. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. Marshall is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Atlanta and co-chaired its 2003 and 2004 Criminal Justice Day programs. Marshall is a past President of the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Atlanta.

Mr. Orson's two children attend Druid Hills Middle School and Fernbank Elementary in DeKalb County where they are in 7th and 5th grades. Mr. Orson attended public school in Miami, Florida in the Dade County Public Schools and he has a long history of working to support and reform public education and improve opportunities for all children including service on:

  • The Emory-Lavista Parent Council where he served as Co-President.
  • The Druid Hills Middle School and Fernbank Elementary School Councils which he chaired.
  • The board of directors of Provost Academy of Georgia, a start-up Georgia virtual charter high school.
  • The board of directors of APPLE Corps (Atlanta's original local education fund) from 1986 to 2003 (including six years as chair or vice-chair). He subsequently served on the board of the Atlanta Committee for Public Education and was a member of the founding committee of Great Schools Atlanta.
  • The board of directors of the Public Education Network in Washington, D.C. from 1998-2003 including membership on its Public Engagement Committee.
  • The board of directors of the Quest for Public Education, a music education initiative for the Atlanta, Dekalb and Fulton school systems.
  • Leadership Atlanta's Education Impact Team which he co-chaired in 2007 and 2008, and the 2010 Education Summit committee.
  • The board of directors of the Atlanta Children's Shelter from 2002 to 2007 where he chaired its Expansion Committee for two years after serving four years as chair of its Advocacy Committee.
  • Campaign manager for Joe Martin, 2010 candidate for Georgia State School Superintendent.

Mr. Orson has been married to his wife Peggy for 15 years.

Elementary Schools  »

SchoolShared District
Ashford Park ES District 1 (Jester)
Briar Vista ES
Coralwood ES
Fernbank ES
Laurel Ridge ES District 4 (McMahan)
McLendon ES District 3 (Erwin)
District 7 (Morley)
Medlock ES District 3 (Erwin)
Montclair ES District 4 (McMahan)
Sagamore Hills ES District 4 (McMahan)
Woodward ES

Middle Schools  »

SchoolShared District
Shamrock MS District 3 (Erwin)
District 4 (McMahan)
District 7 (Morley)

High Schools  »

SchoolShared District
Cross Keys HS District 1 (Jester)
District 4 (McMahan)
Druid Hills HS District 3 (Erwin)
District 4 (McMahan)

Other Facilities  »

Adams Stadium
Fernbank Science Center
Margaret Harris
International Student Center
Old Briarcliff HS
Warren Technical School

.org link icon Mr. Michael A. Erwin [ ] | District #3

Dr. Erwin is a U.S. Navy veteran and has been a graduate research assistant at Duke University Medical Center and the University of South Carolina. He has worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Services and is a past chair of NOAA fisheries committees researching the biological status of fish species inhabiting the northeast Atlantic Ocean. In 2008, he earned a Ph.D. in Biological Science from the University of South Carolina. He has been a member of the faculty at Georgia Gwinnett College since 2009 and teaches undergraduate students in biological science. He graduated from North Carolina Central University with a bachelor's in Biology and a master's in Biological Science. Erwin resides in Decatur.

Elementary Schools  »

SchoolShared District
Avondale ES District 7 (Morley)
Cedar Grove ES
Clifton ES
Columbia ES District 5 (Turner)
District 7 (Morley)
Flat Shoals ES
Kelley Lake ES
Knollwood ES
McNair Disc. Lrng Acad
Meadowview ES
Midway ES District 7 (Morley)
Oak View ES District 5 (Turner)
Robert Shaw Theme ES District 2 (Orson)
District 4 (McMahan)
District 6 (Johnson)
District 7 (Morley)
Sky Haven ES

Middle Schools  »

SchoolShared District
Cedar Grove MS District 5 (Turner)
Ronald McNair MS

High Schools  »

SchoolShared District
Cedar Grove HS
DeKalb HS of Tech-South
DeKalb School of the Arts
Ronald McNair Sr. HS

Other Facilities  »

Avondale Stadium
DeKalb School of Arts
Panthersville Stadium

.org link icon Mrs. Vickie Turner [ ] | District #5

Vickie B. Turner is an educator with over 24 years of experience and is a 20+ year DeKalb County resident. She is co-pastor of Augustine Chapel with her husband. Turner has a Masters of Education from Troy State University and a Bachelors of Science from Bowling Green State University. She cur-rently oversees the day-to-day operations of The Augustine Preparatory Academy of Atlanta (TAPAA) which was formed from Cathedral Academy (est. 1984). Turner had the privilege of being involved in the educational opportunities at the Cathedral since 1992 as an Instructor; Director of the Early Learning Center and for the last 4 years she was Headmaster. At TAPAA, Turner is also the Headmaster responsible for the financial affairs of the school which entail setting budgets, oversee-ing purchases and monitoring spending trends. She is responsible for implementing measures to ensure fiscal accountability and financial integrity. Turner supervises a full and part-time staff, con-ducts weekly staff meetings to apprise staff of current trends in education, to discuss student per-formance, and to create ways to increase parent involvement. She is responsible for reviewing school infrastructure, accounting practices, hiring procedures, teacher qualifications and methodol-ogies, and strategies of implementation. Turner regularly reviews and monitors lesson plans em-ploying strategies to accomplish successful student performance. She is responsible for ongoing communication with parents that are facilitated through PTA meetings and Parent/Teacher Conferences. Turner is charged with recruitment and maintaining a viable and sustainable enrollment. She firmly believes in establishing goals for students to aspire them to perform at their maximum potential.

Turner is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and supports community organizations such as Hosea Feed the Hungry, NAACP, Women's Resource Center and promoting voter registration at local high schools. She has been a participant at elder abuse, child-sex traffick-ing and mortgage fraud community forums. Turner serves on the Executive Board of the Decatur Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Vice-Chairman of the Board of Grio's Fire, a Performing Arts Theater Company and former member of the Association of Consortium of Chris-tian School Educators. She has also served as the Chairman of a private school accrediting team requiring periodic travel to oversee new school and renewal of accreditation applications.

Turner's motto is simple, she will never expect more from your children than she has expected from her own. She is married to Robert Turner, II. The couple has three adult children and three grandchildren.

Elementary Schools  »

SchoolShared District
Browns Mill ES
Canby Lane ES
Murphey Candler ES
Chapel Hill ES
Edward L. Bouie Theme ES
Fairington ES
Flat Rock ES
Narvie Harris ES
Marbut Theme ES
Bob Mathis ES
Rainbow ES
Stoneview ES

Middle Schools  »

SchoolShared District
Chapel Hill MS
Columbia MS
Lithonia MS
Miller Grove MS
Salem MS

High Schools  »

SchoolShared District
M.L. King Jr. HS
Lithonia HS
Miller Grove HS
Southwest DeKalb HS

Other Facilities  »

Arabia Mountain HS
DeKalb Transition Academy
Wesley Chapel Center

.org link icon Dr. Joyce Morley [ ] | District #7

Dr. Joyce Morley was born the youngest of fourteen children and is the mother of three daughters. She is the owner and CEO of Morley & Associates, Inc. and J.Morley Productions, Inc. She is affectionately known as the "Doctor of Hope", & is a "Relationship Expert". Dr. Morley holds a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in Elementary Education/Psychology from SUNY Geneseo; a Master of Science degree (MS) in Counseling from SUNY Brockport, Specialist degrees (Ed.S.) in Counseling and Education Administration from SUNY Brockport, and a Doctorate degree (EdD) in Counseling, Family and Worklife (CFW) from the University of Rochester. She is recognized as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and National Certified School Counselor (NCCSC) by the American Counseling Association (ACA), a Clinical Member, Diplomat, and Approved Supervisor by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), a Certified Criminal Justice Specialist by the National Association of Forensic Counselors (NAFC), and a Board Certified Coach (BCC) by the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE).

Dr. Morley has served as an educator in the public school system and as a professor at the post secondary level for many years. She engages in motivational/keynote speaking, training, executive, relationship, life coaching, and mediation at the national, state and local levels, and she serves as a licensed psychotherapist in private practice. Dr. Joyce does consulting for businesses, organizations, and educational institutions, including The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), Core Consultant for the Georgia Center for Nonprofit (GCN), The U.S. Dept. of Education, The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, Project GRAD Atlanta, the Chattanooga, Tennessee Project, and other organizations.

She served as president of the Atlanta Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Jeannette Rankin Foundation in Athens, Georgia. Dr. Morley has served on several Boards of Directors, including Kate's Club and the Porsche Foxx Community Fund (PFCF). She has been recognized by Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who Among Human Service Professionals, the World's Who's Who Among Women and she is featured in the 2008 Edition of the African-American National Biography.

She is featured on She is a member of the Partnership Council of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and was selected to serve as an International Delegate for the World Mental Health Organization. She led a mental health team to assist in the mental health needs of hurricane Katrina survivors, especially first responders and their families. Dr. Morley is an elected member and Secretary of the National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation Board of Trustees (NBCCF), and she was appointed to the DeKalb County, Georgia School Board by the Governor of the State of Georgia in 2013. She has appeared on several TV programs, including Lifetime TV and the OWN Network. Dr. Morley provides expert opinions for local & national newspapers and magazines, as well as on air appearances for national & international TV/radio programs. Dr. Morley currently co-hosts a monthly radio relationship program and she appears on radio/TV shows globally.

Elementary Schools  »

SchoolShared District
Allgood ES District 6 (Johnson)
Atherton ES District 5 (Turner)
Dunaire ES
Glen Haven ES
Indian Creek ES District 3 (Erwin)
District 6 (Johnson)
Panola Way ES District 5 (Turner)
Peachcrest ES
Rowland ES
Snapfinger ES District 5 (Turner)
Toney ES
Woodridge ES

Middle Schools  »

SchoolShared District
Avondale MS
Bethune MS
Redan MS

High Schools  »

SchoolShared District
Clarkston HS District 3 (Erwin)
District 4 (McMahan)
District 6 (Johnson)
Columbia HS District 3 (Erwin)
District 5 (Turner)
Redan HS District 5 (Turner)
District 6 (Johnson)
Towers HS District 5 (Turner)

Other Facilities  »

DeKalb Night HS
Eagle Woods Academy
Wadsworth Magnet ES