Let’s Do It Again: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed sworn in for 2nd term
By Titus Falodun Staff Writer | 1/10/2014, 10:02 a.m.
“We can’t have a city where 40 percent of the kids are dropping out of high school,” he explained. “I can’t hire enough police for that.”
Reed also pledged to work with the Atlanta School Board and Superintendent in a unified “Atlanta Challenge” that “in this decade any child who graduates from an Atlanta Public School with the grades to go to college should not be denied the opportunity to go because they can’t afford it.”
Furthermore, Reed said his goal to retain 75 percent of tech graduates in Atlanta, in order to build on the city’s reputation as the technology hub of the southeast.
These declarations resonated with Atlanta Board of Education (District 2) member Byron Amos.
“We need one education system that includes all forms of education, so we must be trailblazers in finding that education system that works for everyone in the city,” Amos told The Atlanta Voice. “With the city on board now, we can tackle those things and create a complete educational environment for our kids to prosper in.”
Municipal court judges and the Atlanta City Council were also sworn in Monday, including City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, who is also serving a second term.
“We still have to continue to double down on economic development, job creation, community development that’s so critical, particularly with the creation of the new stadium downtown and the exodus of the Atlanta Braves that puts communities in scenario where they can either have great opportunities or great burdens,” Mitchell told The Atlanta Voice. “So, we as a city have to make sure we’re creating opportunities surrounding these great event venues that are there and will be there.”
Reed and the majority of the council are returning to the posts they held prior to last November’s election, with newcomers Mary Norwood and Andre Dickens as citywide council members. A council pay increase by more than 50 percent comes with the new term, bringing the average annual salary to an estimated $60,000.
“Over the next four years, I believe we have the opportunity to address some of our city’s most pressing issues,” Reed said. “The challenges we need to solve are no less complex than the requirements of our past, but overcoming them is required to achieve our success as a city and a region.”