Michael Erwin, DeKalb school board District 3

Erwin voted chairman of DeKalb County Board of Education

The DeKalb County Board of Education voted board member Michael Erwin its chair at a meeting held Saturday.

The board also voted member Marshall Orson as vice chairman. 

Erwin said during the meeting, which was rescheduled from Jan. 8 due to weather, that he was grateful for the board’s confidence, after a unanimous vote.

“It will be important that we work together and collaboratively as a unified board for the students, parents, stakeholders and employees of this great district,” he said. “They are depending on us.”

Erwin was appointed to the board in 2013 by Gov. Nathan Deal after Deal removed six members of the board. Erwin was elected in 2014 and ran unopposed in 2016.

Board member Melvin Johnson had been board chairman the past five years. Erwin has been vice chair the previous two.

In other DeKalb news:

Sam's Club has shut down its Lithonia location amid nationwide closures. The store on Turner Hill Road closed Thursday. Two other DeKalb Sam's Club locations have not closed yet. "This decision is based on a number of factors, including financial performance," a spokesperson said of Lithonia's closing. The news comes on the same day Walmart announced it was raising starting wages for employees.

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