Georgia Trend Magazine recognizes DeKalb School Superintendent

M-ThurmondMichael Thurmond, Superintendent of the DeKalb County School District, has been named to the Georgia Trend magazine’s “100 Most Influential Georgians.” He is the only local public school superintendent to be recognized. The list, which is in the January issue, includes individuals based on their leadership, power and influence in Georgia who come from government, education and business. In the magazine’s introduction to the list, it reports: “Some of the 100 wield their influence in the limelight; others work behind the scenes. But all of them impact the daily lives of Georgians everywhere.” Thurmond’s recognition states:

The former commissioner of labor inherited a mess when he took over leadership of the third-largest school system in Georgia (100,000 students, 14,000 employees and a $1.2-billion dollar budget). He stabilized the troubled district, built a $30-million surplus, improved student achievement and increased graduation rates. Along the way, he has enhanced his reputation as a leader and public education advocate.

Thurmond has served as superintendent of the DeKalb County School district since Feb. 2013.

“This is further evidence that the DeKalb County School District has made significant progress in addressing critical issues facing Georgia public education from fiscal management, academic growth and achievement, school safety, diversity, and poverty,” said Mr. Thurmond.

Contact: Quinn Hudson 678.676.0720 quinn_hudson@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

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  1. John Oselette says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen of DeKalb County, your next Superintendent. The PR push has begun.

  2. Sylvia Richardson says:

    Since was written by the PR folks, does it count? Maybe he can get a different job.

  3. concerned citizen says:

    This is pure lies, gag, gag. Quinn Hudson is looney tunes and so is Georgia Trend, whatever that is.

  4. nannerpuddin39 says:

    Sickening…nothing but lies, lies and more lies!

  5. DeKalbJohn says:

    To make this list, does it matter whether one’s influence is positive or negative? Just asking.

  6. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha…thanks for the laughs, I needed that.

  7. FormerDekalbParent says:

    I just threw up a little in my mouth

  8. Atlanta Media Guy says:

    Decaturparent, you stole my thunder. The second I saw the headline I laughed so loud my dog started barking. Thank God I had not just taken a sip of coffee…. It is so laughable.. I wonder if Ramona will get credit for this, since she is still the person behind the scenes keeping the F&F program completely intact!

  9. Teachers Matter says:

    You just can’t make up this type of crazy! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

  10. Obviously, he does not want to give up his $300k gig. Did you note that his Buddy the indicted CEO tried to get his retrial pushed back until after the CEO search. This whole little bunch who testify for each other doesn’t want anything exposed. Testifying for Ellis should alone make him unqualified.

    We really need to have the Cobb DA trying this Ellis retrial as well as the School retrial. The asstainat Cobb DA knows all the facts, and won’t be afraid to reveal the truths. It also needs to be moved to Cobb where we can have a real jury, not another church or friends and family hung jury.

  11. howdy1942 says:

    This is a sad commentary on Georgia. The bar has obviously been set very low. Note to John Oselette – good to hear from you again. If I had my way, you would have been sworn in last Monday alongside Stan Jester!

  12. momfromhe11 says:

    Time Magazine has named several individuals as Person of the Year whose effect on the world was not necessarily positive:

    Wallis Simpson – 1936
    Adolf Hitler – 1938
    Josef Stalin – 1939, 1942
    Mohammad Mossadegh – 1938
    Nikita Khrushchev – 1957
    Richard Nixon – 1971, 1972
    King Faisal – 1974
    Deng Xiaoping – 1978, 1985
    Ayatollah Khomeini – 1979
    Newt Gingrich – 1995
    Vladimir Putin – 2007

    Not drawing parallels, just sayin’…

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