The City Schools of Decatur Board of Education is an elected body of five members including a chairperson and a vice-chairperson chosen by the board each January. Two members represent District 1, one from Post A and one from Post B; two members represent District 2, one from Post A and one from Post B, and one member is elected to be member-at-large. The superintendent of schools serves as secretary of the board.
School board elections are held every other year. Because these elections are staggered, three members have the same term of office, and two members share a different term of office. No term limits exist so any school board member may run for re-election. A school board member must meet the following requirements:
- Live within the district he/she is elected to represent
- Be 21 years of age or older at the time of election
- Reside within the City of Decatur at least one year at the time of election
- Be a registered voter
- Have no conviction of any crime in the state of Georgia (unless a full pardon has been received and all rights of citizenship restored)
Regular monthly board meetings are held on the second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the board room at the Central Office at Beacon Hill, 125 Electric Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030. These meetings give the board an opportunity to conduct and act on the business of the school system and to hear public comment.
Public Participation in Board Meetings: Board Policy BCBI
- An individual shall indicate on a sign-in sheet that he/she wishes to speak during public comment.
- Each individual shall limit his/her remarks to either no more than three minutes or no more than five minutes as set by the board chair at the beginning of the public comment section of the meeting based upon the number of individuals who have signed up to speak.
- When an issue arises that stimulates a high degree of community interest, the board may schedule a special meeting to invite public comment. Under such circumstances, the board shall establish special guidelines for public comments.
- A group of people interested in presenting information to the board shall designate a single spokesperson to speak on the group's behalf. The spokesperson shall not be someone who plans to speak individually to the board during the same meeting.
- Although an individual may use his/her time to differ with board decisions, the board chair shall not permit anyone to use abusive language or to make personal attacks. Each speaker shall present his/her comments in a respectful manner, and these comments shall be addressed to the board as a body, not to individual board members.
- No substitute speaker shall be allowed for an individual who requests time to address the board during a meeting.
- The board vests its presiding officer with the authority to terminate the remarks of any individual who does not adhere to established guidelines. At any time the board may establish other guidelines necessary for the efficient and orderly operation of the meeting.
- Public comment can be made by emailing board members, writing board members, or signing up to speak during the board meeting segment designated for public comment.