Georgia Trend Magazine recognizes DeKalb School Superintendent
Michael 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.
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