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.
Board of Education candidates should file notice of his or her candidacy and the appropriate affidavit in the office of the Election Superintendent at City Hall, 509 North McDonough Street, Decatur, Georgia. The opening dates for qualifying will start Monday, August 16, 2021, beginning at 8:30 A.M., and continuing until Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at 4:30 P.M. The qualifying fee for Board of Education members is $35.00. Payment of the qualifying fee may be made with cash, check, or credit card.