“Today, these new board members, and returning board member Mr. Orson, will join, or rejoin, a responsible corporate body,” he said. “They will also join a collaborative board that is gaining momentum and will serve our boys and girls.”
Both expressed during campaigning a desire to see better relationships with local education leaders and more transparency.
Gevertz, a long-time local parent advocate and co-founder of Parents Council United, was joined by her husband and children when being sworn in. DaCosta, a product of the DeKalb County School District, was joined by his daughter and other family members. Orson, who first joined the board in 2013, was joined by his wife and children.
“I hope and I expect to make progress on student achievement,” Orson said Thursday. “And that we operate as a unified board.”
In recent years, the DeKalb County School District has seen slight improvements in standardized test scores while reporting drops in student disciplinary actions. Green said the district currently boasts its highest graduation rate ever.