Our new superintendent Michael Thurmond has written an essay about DeKalb schools that has been posted on Maureen Downey’s Get Schooled blog at the AJC online.
Read the entire post here:
We hope he holds himself accountable to his own written priorities:
We will get our financial house in order. It is not enough to blame the state — or the state of the economy — for our financial woes. We will squeeze every ounce of educational efficiency out of every dollar. We will embrace best practices – not just in classroom expenses but in legal fees, central office budgets or workers’ compensation costs – to ensure that every conceivable dollar that should be going to a classroom is getting there. . . .
Prior to accepting this job I asked each board member if they are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to lift us off probation and bring fundamental change to our system. All nine board members stated without reservation that they were ready and willing to meet the standards set by our accreditors.
They have 99,000 reasons to put “my district” concerns aside. They are determined to work together and make hard decisions – political and otherwise – in order to rebuild public trust.
With a new vision to fundamentally transform the DeKalb County School District, we will earn full accreditation. The quest to build a great public school system has already begun.
So far he’s just given us words – encouraging words, but just words. He hasn’t had much time to formulate a plan of action, and we hold out hope that such a plan – in detail – will be forthcoming. Soon.