DeKalb County School District

Legal Affairs


The mission of the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) is to assist the Superintendent with management of the legal services program and to provide a forum to ensure that all opens in same window icon Board of Education [ ] policies, as well as federal and state laws and regulations are followed. The goal is to provide expeditious and professional customer service to DeKalb County School District employees, students, parents, and community stakeholders, regarding any complaint, controversy, or request for assistance.


  • manage and monitor external legal counsel
  • provide counsel to Executive staff and departments
  • monitor compliance with state and federal regulations and the DeKalb County Board of Education Policies including those prohibiting harassment and discrimination
  • monitor compliance with policies including those prohibiting discrimination based on disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as Amended (ADAAA)
  • respond to charges of discrimination filed by employees internally, and with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • respond to charges of discrimination filed with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and other regulatory agencies
  • conduct training on DeKalb County Board of Education policies, as well as compliance protocols for federal and state regulations
  • maintain compliance with workers compensation laws and procedures
  • administer the district-wide audit plan
  • ensure compliance with the district-wide audit plan and ensure fiscal accountability and integrity in schools and departmental transactions and processes
  • ensure compliance with the Code of Student Conduct and administer expeditious and fair Due Process Hearings
  • ensure compliance with the safe school audit to maintain safe and orderly schools

OLA Portal

This portal allows all stakeholders to report, .org link icon via email [ ], unethical or
unlawful conduct by school district personnel or to register general

Board Policies and Exhibits

Certified Employees
Non-Certified Employees


  • meet the needs of stakeholders by reviewing allegations and resolving complaints in a timely manner, while applying legal and policy requirements, without bias
  • foster the maintenance of a healthy work ethic and positive work environment through fair and equitable investigative processes, to ensure equal treatment for all
  • maintain positive and reliable communications and relationships with all stakeholders
  • respond to all internal and external complaints


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • reinforce the code of ethics (professional standards for educators)
  • investigate employee and stakeholder complaints
  • conduct hearings pursuant to board of education (GAE) descriptor codes
  • investigate and resolve parental complaints
  • investigate harassment complaints, including sexual harassment
  • Department of Labor (DOL) administrative hearings
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) compliance
  • Office of Civil Rights (OCR) compliance
  • Title IX compliance
  • U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) compliance
  • accommodate employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as Amended (ADAAA)
  • process open records, requests for production of documents and subpoenas
  • investigate employee misconduct allegations
  • facilitate Fair Dismissal Act proceedings
  • draft agreements and resolutions
  • develop training protocols and modules
  • investigate compliance with computer & Internet Use Policy
  • collect, analyze data, and produce reports in response to federal and state requests
  • enforce the Code of Student Conduct
  • administer Due Process Hearings
  • develop and maintain compliance with the district-wide audit plan