Former DeKalb Schools Chief Indicted; Dick Williams Does Happy Dance

(yes, I apologize for the visual of Dick Williams dancing)

From the AJC:

Former DeKalb County schools Superintendent Crawford Lewis and two school employees have been indicted, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.

Lewis was indicted on racketeering and other charges, school board Chairman Tom Bowen told the AJC. Former schools chief operating officer Patricia Reid, also known as Pat Pope, was also indicted, along with Reid’s secretary and former husband Tony Pope, Bowen said.

District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming will announce the indictments at 4:30 p.m.

10 comments

  1. In The Arena says:

    “At the school district’s request, the district attorney launched an investigation last year into allegations that Reid helped her former husband, architect Anthony “Tony” Pope, and his friends get contracts for multimillion-dollar projects.”

    Sounds pretty bad, but at least it was confined to one county. Unlike Eric Johnson, who took his operation statewide.

    • ByteMe says:

      That’s a pathetic attempt to threadjack yet another thread into the Deal-Handle-Johnson hatefest that’s been going on lately.

      • In The Arena says:

        Care to elaborate on what makes Johnson’s actions so different than Pat Pope’s?

        • ByteMe says:

          No. That’s the point of trying to stop a threadjack is not continuing to try to discuss it.

          • In The Arena says:

            Good point. Might as well not waste a bullet on a dead horse.

            Quite a mess in DeKalb.

            • ByteMe says:

              We have garbage pickup all 5 days a week that costs less than private pickup. We’re happy. 🙂

  2. chefdavid says:

    Shoot that is just the way we do things up here in Dade County. Here is part from a Dade County Sentinel article

    Favoritism was determined to be a non-issue as well since the current DCHS principal had been hired by the school to complete a project for less than $5,000 – the amount at which schools are required to bid projects. Also, the practice is the same as school systems allowing staff to work extra hours on the clock to get other projects at the school done and is a common practice, especially since the person in question had the knowledge and had done a similar job previously and saved the school system money doing so. As to the allegation that he should not have been paid through payroll, Addis said legally, he could only be paid through payroll.

    The other alleged favoritism issue involved Bradford Painting, which received a paint bid from the system. No favoritism was shown here either, as the only two bids submitted were by Bradford Painting and an out of state company and was lower by $17,000. Also, board member Carolyn Bradford abstained from the vote accepting the low bid.“Carolyn Bradford did not vote and without the contract, the school system would have spent $17,000 more of taxpayers’ money I don’t know how you could have explained,” Addis said.

    And this was from an investigation results by some hired to respond to a Georgia Professional Standards Commission complaint. The principal is retiring and the School board member said somewhere as an excuse that she couldn’t even sign a check… for some reason I never believed that one. I can’t believe they didn’t rebid the job. Considering we touch two other states receiving bids from out of state companies is not uncommon. We have talked a lot about the great Dade school board over the years. We are even in a coach hiring bonanza in a year with a proposed 1/2 mil increase. We have our priorities straight. That is why this year I plan to ask the candidates the hard questions the local media won’t dare ask. Maybe if we started doing this and holding them accountable things will change. I think I will puke the next time I hear a candidate say “I am running for the kids” and “every vote will be for the kids.”

  3. Lady Thinker says:

    Dekalb has had problems for years but these last two issues with the indictments of school officials and the unethical judge from another thread, are scandalous anytime but especially in an election year. Dekalb is closing schools and losing teachers and if I were a Dekalb citizen, I would have to consider a class action lawsuit against the Board of Education for negligent retention of those indicted. Of course it wouldn’t go anywhere, but I believe public officials should be sued for these kinds of actions.

    • B Balz says:

      Good thought!

      For all the pokes and prods the Bow-Tied One gets his dogged pursuit of this matter was correct. DeKalb’s School Board is responsible for a huge budget, and its’ members experience and expertise vary from average to well below average.

      We spend a fortune on education and this is what we get. These positions are electable, we can either change the Board, Central Office policy and dead-weight or continue to suffer the anguish of average.

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