51-year-old Gregory K. Davis was a man always known for standing up for what was right and was never afraid to speak up. Credited for having deep concern and commitment toward his fellow employees, the late Rev. Davis will now have the very facility he fought so hard for named in his honor.
Monday, September 9, DeKalb County Schools’ fleet building in Stone Mountain was renamed the “Gregory K. Davis Fleet Service Center” in honor of the school district bus mechanic who would never stop driving for DeKalb County success.
The 13 year district mechanic attended every school board meet, took part in educational organizations, and did so even after his three daughters had graduated from the DeKalb County System.
Davis was passionate about making things better for all DeKalb students. He fought for bus drivers and the needs of the transportation department. His strong, unwavering dedication has been noted by educational leaders like Organization of DeKalb Educators President, David Schutten, and DeKalb Interim Superintendent Michael Thurmond.
But it’s the people who knew Davis best who can really talk about his drive. Davis’ oldest daughter, Teaonne Davis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “He knew he could help make things better. That’s why he went to all of the meetings and participated in all of the organizations that he did.”
On June 3, Gregory Kane Davis was standing in line to speak at a school board budget meeting when he suddenly collapsed and died.
Thurmond credits Davis with setting up an important meeting with transportation mechanics that allowed for valuable input into the district’s $759 million, 2014 fiscal year budget. Davis had expressed concerns over the 2013 fiscal budget cuts that resulted in disruptions to student transportation because of the number of buses in disrepair. There simply was not enough fleet staff to address all of the mechanical problems.
Thurmond says the district later found enough money to pay for four additional mechanics.
On this day, the Davis family, fleet staff, district officials, and others gathered at the newly named Gregory K. Davis Fleet Service Center to celebrate a man who will forever be remembered for working hard to help DeKalb students and employees.