Michael Thurmond New DCSS Interim Superintendent
Vote was 7-2 with Jester and Speaks voting no. The vote to accept the separation agreement with Dr. Atkinson was 5-4, Orson, McMahan, Jester and Speaks voting no.
Below is Michael Thurmond's biography. You will notice he has ZERO education experience.
To the DeKalb BOE - I give up. Congratulations - you win. You have destroyed my once-proud school system. I have now come to the conclusion that this school system cannot be fixed. Those that can will now be more determined than ever to find, by whatever means necessary, a mechanism by which we can create school cluster/districts that will be independent of DCSS - I have now joined that fight.
Michael Thurmond is an attorney at Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, a nationally known civil trial practice firm that has four times set the record civil jury verdict in the State of Georgia and also obtained for its client the largest collected judgment in U.S. history.
He has distinguished himself as an attorney, author, lecturer and public servant.
In 1986, he became the first African-American elected to the Georgia General Assembly from Clarke County since Reconstruction. During his legislative tenure, Thurmond authored major legislation that has provided more than $250 million in tax relief to Georgia's senior citizens and working families.
Following his tenure in the legislature, Thurmond was called upon to direct Georgia's historic transition from welfare to work. He created the innovative Workfirst program, which has helped over 90,000 welfare-dependent Georgia families move into the workforce, saving more than $100 million in tax dollars that have been reinvested in childcare, training and other support services.
In 1997, Thurmond became a distinguished lecturer at the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government. The following year, he was elected Georgia Labor Commissioner.
During his three terms as labor commissioner, the Labor Department went under a significant transformation in customer service and efficiency. Unemployment offices were transformed into state-of-the-art Career Centers focused on getting jobless Georgians back to work as quickly as possible.
Thurmond's latest book, Freedom: Georgia's Antislavery Heritage, 1733-1865, was awarded the Georgia Historical Society's Lilla Hawes Award and the Georgia Center for the Book listed Freedom as one of The 25 Books All Georgians Should Read. He presently serves on the Board of Curators of the Georgia Historical Society.