Ty Tagami is reporting Principal Ralph Simpson’s promotion to Regional Superintendent this week despite his ‘colorful’ tenure at DeKalb Schools.
If this isn’t an ‘in your face’ power play by Thurmond, then what is? The whole thing reminds us of when Dr. Lewis asked all employees district-wide to write a letter of support to James Berry, the principal at Atherton Elementary who masterminded a cheating scandal there.
Here we have that same blind level of support by Thurmond to another insider adult administrator with no value system.
- Simpson scored a 480 out of 1600 on the SAT in high school and started his career as a correctional officer. He later received a master’s from West Georgia and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Sarasota.
- Simpson has been with DeKalb Schools since 1991. Below are the last 6 years compared to an award winning principal that recently left DeKalb.
- In 2007 Simpson wrote an autobiography and sold $12,560 worth directly to the schools he worked for, reported Tim Eberly in the AJC. 605 of those copies of “the 70-page paperback, printed in large font generally reserved for children’s books” were sold to a high school where he was recently a principal. [Note: we have never seen proof that over 600 books were actually printed and delivered or that the money was really repaid after Simpson was told to do so by Lewis, due to community outrage.]
- From 2009 to 2010, Simpson’s job title was labeled “Miscellaneous Activities”. Apparently these “miscellaneous activities” were valuable to the district because he earned over $120,000 annually preforming them.
- Upon the AJC discovering the misuse of funds, the administration demoted Simpson to Assistant Principal where he still made $23,000 more than a principal who won state level awards for his performance.
- Ralph Simpson was most recently the principal at Towers high school where 5% of the students recently passed Coordinate Algebra and 23% passed Math II. Towers reported a 100 point decrease in their 2014 Composite SAT scores and a FY2013 graduation rate of 44%.
Spokesman Quinn Hudson said Simpson turned his career around, rising to become principal at Towers High. Simpson improved test scores there, Quinn said, adding that when the graduation rate for last year is tallied for the school, the district expects about a 16 percentage point increase.
DSW comment: That huge increase in graduation rate sounds very suspicious. Quinn Hudson also makes an awful lot of money to blindly shill for Thurmond (he must enjoy this, as he formerly served as Thurmond’s campaign advisor in his losing run for U.S. Senate). We predict these two will ride off into the sunset together when Thurmond finally leaves DeKalb in order to run for another political office. We hope that will be sooner rather than later.