Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed DeKalb Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond to join 13 other school superintendents and education leaders including principals, teachers and school board members from around the state to the Education Advisory Board. The board will meet with the governor and his staff over the next year to provide input on education policy issues facing the

The board’s first meeting was scheduled for Jan. 7 at the State Capitol.

“I am honored to serve on the Governor’s Education Advisory Board and take seriously the governor’s mandate to ‘help our state continue to strive for educational excellence,’” Thurmond said in a press release. “The DeKalb County School District has made significant progress in addressing critical issues facing Georgia public education from fiscal management, academic growth and achievement, school safety, diversity and poverty.”