One of governor’s school board appointees out of election

John Coleman, one of six people Gov. Nathan Deal appointed to the DeKalb County school board last year during an accreditation crisis, said he will not stand for election this spring.

The school board has overhauled district finances and operations, reformed governance policies and restored trust, Coleman said in a statement released to the media Monday, adding that it was a “difficult decision” not to run for the office May 20. Deal appointed Coleman to replace Nancy Jester, the elected board representative from Dunwoody, after DeKalb was placed on accreditation probation in December 2012.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools revised its assessment of DeKalb last month, lifting the district a notch to accreditation with “warning.”