Jana Johnson-Davis Sworn In As School Board Member
Newly elected School Board Member Jana Johnson-Davis was sworn in at the beginning of the November 12 Board Meeting. Robert Wilson, an attorney for City Schools of Decatur, introduced the Honorable Rhathelia Stroud, DeKalb County Magistrate and Chief Judge of the City of Decatur Municipal Court, who then administered the Oath of Office. Ms. Johnson-Davis immediately took her seat on the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education.
Ms. Johnson-Davis retired from Renfroe Middle School last year, where she taught for eight years. While at Renfroe, she served on the SLT as well as the school's Equity Team. She is also the 2014 recipient of Renfroe’s Woman of the Year Award. She is a founding member of the Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights. The organization is headed up by her husband, attorney Mawuli Davis, and works to address racial inequality in City Schools of Decatur. Ms. Johnson-Davis lives in Decatur with her husband, and two sons, who are both graduates of Decatur High School. She’s served the Decatur community and schools since moving to the neighborhood six years ago, volunteering thousands of hours in the community and classroom. Additionally, Jana proposed, developed, and taught the school system’s first social justice themed design cycle class.
Ms. Johnson-Davis will serve out the two remaining years of At-Large School Board Member Annie Caiola's term. James Herndon was elected last week to represent District 1. Incumbent School Board Member Tasha White was re-elected last week to represent District 2. Both Mr. Herndon and Ms. White will be will be sworn in this January and will serve four-year terms ending in 2023.