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Board of Education

The City Schools of Decatur Board of Education is an elected body of five members including a chairperson and a vice-chairperson chosen by the board each January. Two members represent District 1, one from Post A and one from Post B; two members represent District 2, one from Post A and one from Post B, and one member is elected to be member-at-large. The superintendent of schools serves as secretary of the board.

School board elections are held every other year. Because these elections are staggered, three members have the same term of office, and two members share a different term of office. No term limits exist so any school board member may run for re-election. A school board member must meet the following requirements:

  • Live within the district he/she is elected to represent
  • Be 21 years of age or older at the time of election
  • Resided within the City of Decatur at least one year at the time of election
  • Be a registered voter
  • Have no conviction of any crime in the state of Georgia (unless a full pardon has been received and all rights of citizenship restored)

Regular monthly board meetings are held on the second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the board room in the Central Office at Westchester, 758 Scott Boulevard, Decatur, GA 30030. These meetings give the board an opportunity to conduct and act on the business of the school system and to hear public comment.  The public is welcome to contact the Superintendent's Administrative Assistant, Ms. Mary McCrary, with any questions or comments or 404-370-4400 x934.

The board schedules its regular meetings each January, and the calendar of meetings is posted on eBOARD, at the central office, and at each school.

Member At Large- Mrs. Annie Caiola
District 1 Post A- Mr. Lewis Jones
District 2 Post A- Mrs. Bernadette Seals
District 1 Post B- Mr. C. Garrett Goebel
District 2 Post B- Mrs. Julie Rhame

Mrs. Bernadette J. Seals


404-377-8907 (H)

Mr. C. Garrett Goebel

Vice Chair

678-561-0027 (H)

Mrs. Julie P. Rhame

Board Member

404.377.0976 (H)

Mrs. Annie P. Caiola

Board Member


Mr. Lewis B. Jones

Board Member


Dr. Phyllis A. Edwards

404.370.4400 X934 (W)