Report: New DeKalb School Board member won’t submit to background check

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 5, 2015
Stan Jester. Photo provided by Reporter Newspapers

Stan Jester. Photo provided by Reporter Newspapers

This story has been updated. 

A newly-elected DeKalb County School Board member has declined to submit to a background check, saying it would be a conflict of interest, according to WSB-TV.

The TV station reports that Stan Jester is insisting that the fingerprinting and background check must be performed by the DeKalb County Police Department, not the DeKalb County Schools system. He told WSB-TV, “It is a conflict of interest to be investigated by the agency I was elected to oversee.”

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Stan Jester is married to Nancy Jester, who was forcibly removed from the DeKalb County Board of Education by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2013, along with five other members.  Her husband, Stan, ran unopposed for the District 1 Board of Education seat and won in May.

Nancy Jester was recently elected to the DeKalb County Commission to replace Elaine Boyer, who resigned in August and was subsequently indicted on public corruption charges.

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  • underscorex

    clearly the new school board will be a dramatic improvement

  • notapunk

    Gee, and I was under the impression we have some serious problems with DeKalb County Schools that need to be addressed. SMH

  • Atticus LeBlanc

    Dan, It’s worth noting that Jester had already published his (clean) background check from DeKalb PD before the WSB story broke. I think this was more of a case of setting the stage (whether right or wrong) to oppose business as usual in DeKalb.

    The better question is how and why the chair decided to make this story public.

    • travelingfool

      This makes no sense what so ever and does not get DeKalb County schools off to a good start. Any company today requires you to have a background check. That would be like a potential employee saying, I’m not going to submit to a background check because as an employee of this company it would a conflict of interest. This is merely more grandstanding by the Jester clan.

      • underscorex

        living up to their names, it would seem.

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