Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Moving Forward or Backward in DeKalb?

Governor Deal put out a press release exclaiming victory in the court case against Gene Walker and the DeKalb School Board.  So far so good. Then we read this gem:
After a federal judge today removed a stay on Gov. Nathan Deal’s decision to remove six members of the DeKalb County school board, the governor said the process he began last week will move forward. Deal also announced that the State Transportation Board member from the 4th Congressional District, Robert Brown of DeKalb County, will join Brad Bryant as a second liaison to the county’s school board to monitor progress.
“Given the gravity of this situation, I greatly appreciate Robert Brown accepting my request to serve as a liaison to the DeKalb board. He and Brad Bryant will make a great team to work with me, the DeKalb board and Superintendent Michael Thurmond to make sure that the system puts the students first.” said Deal
Robert L. Brown?  Why not hire Vernon Jones as your liaison?  Here's a little bit of Mr. Robert L. Brown in the news:

Evidence Shows Wiretaps in DeKalb Corruption Investigation

The records filed in DeKalb County Superior Court shed new light on potential evidence in the case, including four discs containing recorded cellphone conversations, texts and location information.

A special grand jury has been looking into allegations of bribery and bid rigging in DeKalb County's Watershed Department and other county contract irregularities. There has also been a recent focus on the County CEO, Burrell Ellis.

One of the warrants authorized investigators to get lists of phone numbers for incoming and outgoing calls at a Decatur architecture firm, R.L. Brown and Associates.

Ellis has acknowledged using a phone near the lobby of that office to make his campaign calls. State law prohibits him from making those calls from his county office.

Robert Brown confirmed that phone number is connected to a trunk line, used by so many employees and others that call data would not be able to be traced to an individual. Investigators noted they did not end up executing that warrant.
How convenient?  Is R.L. Brown a true advocate for fixing the DeKalb School System, or a dedicated supporter of the Friends & Family program, looking to protect the DeKalb Jobs and Financial Fraud organization masquerading as a school system?

And does anyone know of how many contracts R.L. Brown And Associates has received from DeKalb County School System?  And what about future contracts?  Will his firm be able to bid on the design of the SPLOST schools being built in the next couple of years?  I sure hope Brad Bryant keeps his eyes open and his head on a swivel.  A step forward? Time will tell.

So was it the DeKalb Delegation asking the governor to appoint R.L. Brown to 'assist" with our DeKalb School System?

See south DeKalb report on this topic HERE  (thanks to SDOC for the link)






8 comments:

SDOC Publishing Internet Solutions said...

I like to scan a lot of local papers online. This announcement was made in the "On Common Ground" newspaper in South DeKalb as well. (ocgnews.com)

Interesting that in North DeKalb blogs and newspapers, that when an announcement like this is made, the analysis goes to political and professional history and family/friends/political ties.

OCG News first and foremost pointed out that "a black and a white would serve as liasons".

I think that may explain the appointment.

Don't believe me? Check it out.
http://www.ocgnews.com/index.php/component/content/article/1821-news-update

SDOC Publishing Internet Solutions said...

I like to scan a lot of local papers online. This announcement was made in the "On Common Ground" newspaper in South DeKalb as well. (ocgnews.com)

Interesting that in North DeKalb blogs and newspapers, that when an announcement like this is made, the analysis goes to political and professional history and family/friends/political ties.

OCG News first and foremost pointed out that "a black and a white would serve as liasons".

I think that may explain the appointment.

Don't believe me? Check it out.
http://www.ocgnews.com/index.php/component/content/article/1821-news-update

Anonymous said...

so does SDOC contend RL Brown was appointed because he was black?

Anonymous said...

SDOC has the correct link. The Governor felt political pressure to appoint a black man for the job. Why not a black female? Why not a Hispanic? DeKalb schools have more Hispanics than whites.

SDOC Publishing Internet Solutions said...

@Anon 11:15 AM.
No, SDOC contends that when the announcement was made, a media outlet in South DeKalb made a prominent comment about the race of the liasons before reporting any additional facts.

I commented only on the news reporting, not the announcement itslef.

Anonymous said...


Should be more critical of the Gov. And reference the OCG link; one piece in a small newspaper does not equal the collective voice of south DeKalb. He's an interesting opinion piece.
http://thechampionnewspaper.com/opinion-school-board-six-havent-hit-rock-bottom/

Anonymous said...

Glad to see that comments are back. Sorry to see that the same old politics are at play in DeKalb. It's even worse that the Gov. is being pulled into it. Folks, this doesn't leave me hopeful that a new board will be better. Who's advising him?

Anonymous said...

http://dekalbschoolwatch.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/summary-of-orson_drake-communitynet2.pdf

Robert Brown and Thad Mayfield are part of the DCSS Friends and Family group that brought on all the scandals in the first place.

Check out the link above. These e-mails are unbelievable. Marshall Orson, Thad Mayfield, Amy Power, and rest of the so called Friends of DeKalb Education were interacting with system employees Don Drake and Barb Colman regarding SPLOST IV, clearly illegal for any system employees to do so. Gotta love Orson’s e-mails to Terry Segovis about his buddy who lives on the “wrong”, er. non-Fernbank side of Briarclifff. Not a problem when Marshall is your buddy. When does that guy have any time to work his real job?

These e-mails are the first real glimpse on how the Fernbank crowd and a handful of connected others have so much power over DCSS, with the unneeded renovation of Fernbank Elem. being example no. 1. I’m sick to my stomach reading these e-mails. I wish Thurmond luck, but with power players like these, he has little chance of truly reforming DCSS.