Dear Mr. Thurmond:
On behalf of all students and most parents and taxpayers of DeKalb County, Georgia, I write to you asking that you show your dedication and interest in restoring confidence, integrity and a focus on our classrooms and children in the DeKalb County School District by immediately asking your friend, Dr. Eugene Walker, to resign from his position on the DeKalb County Board of Education.
Anything less than that shows that the interests of our students and schools will continue to be ignored while we slide further towards losing accreditation. Chairman Walker has proven that he is incapable of leading the current Board towards anything but chaos, dysfunction and incompetence. His repeated denials of having any awareness of troubles within the school system illustrates the need for his immediate removal.
If Chairman Walker truly is concerned for the well-being and education of our county's children, he would do what is right and step away before he causes further harm. Hopefully, as his friend, you can advise him of the need for this action.
The time has come to return our attention on the classrooms instead of the board rooms.
Our children are our greatest assets and our schools are the backbones of our communities.
Let's treat both accordingly.
Shawn M. Keefe