Fulton County School Board President Linda Schultz retained her District 1 seat in a race against Rob Goodman by 877 votes.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, 54.76 percent voted for Schultz vs. 45.13 percent for Goodman.
Schultz was first elected to the school board in 2004.
In a statement she said, “I would like to thank the voters of District 1 for their continued support. I look forward to resuming our work of improving academic achievement, expanding educational opportunities and maintaining a strong fiscal policy.”
Schultz is a web consultant for the Georgia School Council Institute, a non-profit dedicated to education reform.
Goodman, a retired Delta Airlines pilot was disappointed after receiving 4,107 votes compared to 4,984 votes for Schultz. “I think I made a fairly good showing,” he said. “Linda Schultz had not made any changes in the schools. I hope she realizes that’s [nearly] 4,200 people that don’t like what she is doing.”
Goodman is critical of Schultz, saying she does not acknowledge existing problems in the schools, and also Fulton County Schools superintendent Robert Avossa for closing Fulton Science Academy.
Concerns about the direction of education and declining property values inspired him to run for the school board seat.
“When I bought my property in Roswell in ’82, I was flying and had two young kids,” Goodman said. "We were looking for an area that had excellent public schools.”
Things have changed, he added. “Today your property values are down. Corporations are moving to Forsyth County, [for their school system, instead of Fulton] There is no reason for it,” Goodman said.