Fulton County School Board member Gail Dean, who represents part of Sandy Springs, announced her retirement Sept. 23 after 22 years on the board.

His retirement will be effective October 31, according to a statement from FCS.

District 3 FCS Board Member Gail Dean. (FCS)

“I would like to thank my fellow board members; we have accomplished so much together, including supporting every graduate student and maintaining financial stability,” Dean said in the statement. “To my District 3 community, I am so grateful for your support and celebrate the many successes we have achieved together, including improving student achievement, expanding existing schools, and constructing new school buildings. “

The other council members will appoint a qualified resident from the district, which includes parts of Sandy Springs and Fulton County south of the Atlanta city limits. His term ends on December 31, 2024, with a nonpartisan election scheduled for spring 2024.

Dean said she wasn’t retiring but just changing direction. She plans to take care of her health, her family and her bees.

Two vacancies created by board members have been filled in the past 10 years, with current board members Katha Stuart and Kimberly Dove filling the vacancies.

The board replacement process for vacancies includes nominations from interested individuals, verification of those individuals by school districts, invitations to interviews, and finally selection by remaining board members to fill unexpired terms.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Ms. Dean for her extraordinary work during her years of service. On a personal note, she and I have enjoyed a close friendship for two decades, and it has been an honor to serve alongside her in our mutual commitment to supporting and leading schools in Fulton County,” said the board chairperson. FCS administration Julia Bernath in the statement.

Dean’s replacement won’t be the only new board member. Voters chose two new council members in elections for Bernath’s seat this

Applications will be accepted and should consist of a resume and letter of interest outlining qualifications. Applicants must live in District 3 as determined by the maps approved by the General Assembly in the 2022 legislative session. These maps can be viewed at www.fultonschools.org/board under “New Board Districts Approved for 2023”. District 3 includes parts of North and South Fulton.

Applicants must have lived in District 3 for at least one year (12 months) and be a resident of Georgia. Additional requirements and information will be available on the Fulton County Schools website at www.fultonschools.org/board.

All applications must be received by Board Services no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 3, 2022. Applications may be submitted by email to mailto:[email protected] or by hand delivery, c/o Board Services at 6201 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30339.

A mandatory in-person information session for candidates will take place on Friday, October 7. The time and location will be communicated to applicants upon receipt of a completed application.