Election Day marked a victory for DeKalb County’s brand new School Board member Vickie B. Turner, a neophyte who won her election with 59.74 percent of the votes.
Turner is set to represent District 5, defeating her opponent Thad Mayfield, who was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Her bid for the School Board was the first time she had sought public office.
District 5 consists of
“The district is in need of reformation, and [there’s] some challenges that are in front of us,” Turner said. “But even with that awareness, there’s an excitement to become part of the change and to
become part of the solution, so I do look forward with great anticipation and hope for positive things to impact our community and our children.”
Turner said that one of the major issues troubling the county is large class sizes. According to her, teachers can’t effectively reach their students in huge groups, so she would like to have more teachers hired in an effort to minimize the size of these classrooms.
Turner also wants to keep DeKalb from losing good teachers. She says providing them with a compensation package that will equate to their credentials as well as their experiences is one way to