Requirements To Fill Vacant Board Seat

  • Following District 3 Board Member Gail Dean's decision to retire effective October 31, the Fulton County Board of Education invites community members to submit their candidacy for fulfilling the unexpired term. The term expires on December 31, 2024.

    Interested individuals should submit applications between September 14 and October 3, 2022, by 5:00 p.m. with a letter of interest outlining their qualifications and their résumé via email to or via hand delivery to: Board Services Office, Fulton County Schools, 6201 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30339. Applicants are responsible for ensuring their application was received by the deadline.

    There will be a mandatory in-person information session for qualified applicants on October 7 with time and place to be provided upon application.

    Candidates must be age 21 or older, must have resided within District 3 for at least one year/12 months, and be a Georgia resident. The maps of District 3 can be found here: under the heading of “New Board Districts Approved for 2023”. Note that District 3 includes parts of North Fulton and parts of South Fulton.

    According to O.C.G.A. § 20-2-51, O.C.G.A. § 20-2-10, O.C.G.A. § 20-2-54.1, and O.C.G.A. § 45-2-1, the requirements for candidates interested in filling the Board vacancy are as follows:

    • Must be a resident of District 3 as determined by the newly approved maps (Ms. Dean's district)


    Employment/service restrictions:

    • Must not serve on the governing body of a private elementary or secondary educational institution;
    • Must not be employed by the Board of Education;
    • Must not be employed by the Department of Education;
    • Must not serve as a member of the State Board of Education.


    Relationship restrictions:

    • Must not have an immediate family member on the Board of Education;
    • Must not have an immediate family member serving in District as Superintendent, principal, assistant principal, or system administrative staff.
    • "Immediate family member" means a spouse, child, sibling, or parent or the spouse of a child, sibling, or parent whose employment began on or after January 1, 2010.


    Status restrictions:

    • Must not be listed on the National Sex Offender Registry;
    • Must not be listed on the state sexual offender registry.


    Ethics restrictions:

    • Must read and understand the code of ethics and conflict of interest provisions applicable to the Board of Education and agree to abide by them;
    • Must agree to disclose compliance with the State Board of Education's policy on training for Board members, the code of ethics for the Board, and the conflict of interests provisions applicable to the Board.


    In addition, Georgia law declares a person ineligible to hold the office of school board member if he/she is:

    • The holder of another county office.
    • The holder of any office of profit or trust under the Government of the United States (other than the position of postmaster or membership in the military reserves), except that a Board Member may accept temporary appointments to various commissions, panels, or other fact-finding or policy-making agencies appointed by the President or federal authority.
    • A holder or receiver of public money that has refused to, or failed to, account for it or pay it over when asked.
    • A convicted felon who has not been pardoned and is not the subject of a restoration of rights.
    • Of unsound mind or unable to discharge the duties of the office because of advanced age or bodily infirmity.
    • A publisher of schoolbooks, an agent of schoolbook publishers, or someone with financial interest in the sale of schoolbooks.


    The School Board will interview potential candidates and make a selection so that the individual can fulfill the remaining time of Ms. Dean’s term. The term, however, does not guarantee the candidate a future seat on the school board as they must still qualify with the Secretary of State's office and run for election.