LITHONIA, GA (CBS ATLANTA, Reporter Newspapers broadcast partner) –

Frustrated and concerned DeKalb County taxpayers and parents showed up at Martin Luther King Jr. High School Tuesday night for a town hall meeting with interim Superintendent Michael Thurmond.

Thurmond answered questions about the school district’s future in light of the suspension of six school board members by Gov. Nathan Deal and the threat that the school district could lose its accreditation.

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“The DeKalb County School District has been in disarray for past 10 years. We have been trying to solve this problem for the past 10 years. I think it is good that the governor stepped in,” said Joel Edward, a concerned resident.

“It is stressful for everyone and I am very appalled that in DeKalb County they would even let it get this far,” said Suzette Brown, a concerned parent.

With only three active members, the school board is now powerless to make any decisions. A lawsuit challenging the legality of the governor’s actions will be heard Friday in a federal courtroom. Despite everything going on, Thurmond said his focus is still on the district’s students.

“My hope is that very soon we will come to a negotiated settlement. I’m hopeful so that we can focus our attention back on the classroom and begin to focus on academic achievement and winning full accreditation for the district,” Thurmond said.

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