Superintendent Search – Public Engagement Schedule

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Superintendent Search – Public Engagement Schedule

PROACT has scheduled the following public engagement meetings to collect input used to help develop a profile to drive recruiting for the next superintendent of DeKalb County Schools.

Date Time Region Location
Tue, Feb 3 7 PM – 8:30 Region 1 Dunwoody High School
Wed, Feb 4 7 PM – 8:30 Region 2 Lakeside High School
Thur, Feb 5 7 PM – 8:30 Region 3 Stephenson High School
Tue, Feb 10 7 PM – 8:30 Region 4 Miller Grove High School
Wed, Feb 11 7 PM – 8:30 Region 5 Towers High School
Thur, Feb 12 7 PM – 8:30 Countywide BOE Board Room

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11 Responses to Superintendent Search – Public Engagement Schedule

  1. We would like to reiterate that we already have a plethora of ‘community input’… there is nothing new to dig up here. The ‘community’ has provided thoughtful, helpful, sincere input on a number of occasions – the Charettes, the Blue Ribbon Task Force, the Citizens Task Force, the Fireside Chats, etc, etc. All the administration needs to do is read through all of that past input – it is the same message over and over and over again. It’s a vortex. And we have to wonder if this purposeful level of leadership change isn’t by design to do exactly this: Ignore all of the ‘community input’.

    DSW bloggers once wrote our own 2020 Vision – it’s four years old and it still stands as our statement of what we would like to see happen in our schools. There is no need to discuss it again or write up anything new. We stand by our four year old requests.

    Monday, February 7, 2011
    “Without a vision, the people perish…”

  2. dsw2contributor says:

    MY– not yours! — AJC has a special report about foreign teachers:

    Foreign teachers face unequal working conditions
    Districts don’t pay pensions and recruiting companies claim monthly fees. Teachers docked for sick days in program that staffs hard-to-fill jobs.

    Chamblee High School science teacher Shaheen Begum is the kind of teacher you hope your child draws. She has two decades of experience and was teacher of the year at her last school. Energetic and engaging, Begum wakes with a desire to instill a love of science in her students.

    Although she teaches in the DeKalb County school system, she’s not a DeKalb County teacher. She has no pension, no tenure and if she wants to take a sick day, the cost of the substitute comes out of her pocket.

  3. dsw2contributor says:

    Another tidbit from the AJC:

    Rep. Mike Glanton, D-Jonesboro, is also COO of Global Teachers Research and Resources, a Jonesboro company that has been cited by the U.S. Labor Department for forcing teachers to pay fees the company should pay. Glanton says the Global treats its foreign workers like “family.”

  4. Inquiring minds want to know. Why would an experienced, certified, apparently excellent teacher need a company like Global Teachers Research and Resources to obtain a teaching job? Of course, some assumptions have been made: (1) These teachers placed by Global Teachers Research and Resources possess certification acceptable to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GPSC). (2) These teachers graduated from an accredited college or university. (3) The honors and recognitions earned by these teachers are real. In Ms. Begum’s case, she was first certified by GPSC in September 2005. Her certifications were renewed on schedule. Her most recent certification renewals (Science, Earth/Space Science, and Gifted In-Field) were in July 2012 and are good through June 2017. In FY 2014, DeKalb County Schools reported total earnings for Ms. Begum of $40. How much is she really earning? How much is going to Global Teachers Research and Resources? Is Global Teachers Research and Resources paying into Social Security for Ms. Begum?

  5. Weary Worker says:

    A few of the items mention in the expose’ are a bit disturbing. A lot of politics works this way but it’s less forgivable when those profiting are still serving and elected position and are of the state committee that oversees education. It noted that Global has hired several HR people from metro school districts this smacks of cronyism and corruption. I doubt if an equally qualified service from another state with no ties to local systems would get the same contract. In addition Global was said to owe two million dollars in back taxes. I assumed that districts could not do business with companies that were not financially sound. It was hard to decide who was worse owner Glanton an elected official and pastor using his influence or the head of the company who did the dirty work of finding the teachers then charging them excessive expenses. But the real culprit here could be the school official who signed the contracts to work with Global passing taxer funds over those these two. I hope the article leads to the end of contracts with this company.

  6. dsw2contributor says:

    DSW asked: “Why would an experienced, certified, apparently excellent teacher need a company like Global Teachers Research and Resources to obtain a teaching job?”

    Because she needs a H-1B temporary work visa to legally be employed in the US.

    The H-1B program is modern day Indentured Servitude. If a foreign worker in H-1B status quits or is dismissed from the sponsoring employer, the worker must either apply for and be granted a change of status to another non-immigrant status, find another employer (subject to application for adjustment of status and/or change of visa), or leave the U.S.

    Here’s a July 2013 article “H-1B visa dream a nightmare for some foreign teachers” from the public radio program Marketplace:

  7. Wordpresser says:

    Well I’m sure she is the best thing since man discovered fire. I have nothing nice to say about GTRR, Chandler Sharma or Paddy Sharma and her felonious past (look up OJS in Dekalb under Mini or P Rajappa).
    Be that as it may, how much do you know about your blue-eyed teacher: Let us say she is on a H-1, which most immigrant workers are on; that would mean her husband is on a H-4. H-4s are not allowed by USCIS to work LEGALLY in the US. You can read all about her Sirajuddin’s arrest in the link provided, and see his mugshot here. His crime providing alcohol to minors.
    Their house in Marietta is also shown to be a Massage Parlor operated by a Karen Slice. Do you need to say more?

  8. howdy1942 says:

    I read that article in yesterday’s AJC about Dekalb’s superintendent search and it confirmed what many of us already knew – this superintendent search is way behind where it should be and the prognosis is not good for finding before June 30, 2015, a qualified superintendent with a proven track record and who can unite our community. Finding such a superintendent should have been one of the top two or three priorities of the school board which, for the most part, was appointed by Governor Deal almost two years ago.

    Rather than rushing this process using a single-bidder search firm doesn’t seem very promising at all. As much as I hate to delay this process any more than it has been, it is far more important that we get this selection right – for the sake of our kids, our people, and our tax base. I am very disappointed in the school board appointed by our Governor because it accomplished so very little, let alone getting some important tasks completed or at least started. But we are where we are.

    I think that it is time for the State Board of Education to step in and provide some strong “guidance” and “direction” to the Dekalb County School Board. Given its record during these past two years since we almost lost our accreditation, the Dekalb School Board obviously needs some help. Except for a single bidder that was rejected by the Atlanta Public School System, no other search firm wants to do business with Dekalb County. In short, the DCSS has little credibility with anyone outside the DCSS and we need someone to help us gain some measure of credibility. If that is the case, should we even think that someone, at present, might be interested in becoming our superintendent. Look at our last search – the DCSS leaked information and, although it promised the public that it would investigate and report its findings, it never provided any feedback as to what went wrong. That alone wreaks of irresponsibility and a seemingly “don’t care” attitude. And remember the results of that last search – don’t take it from me, read the AJC’s article citing that results as being a person “from a small, low-achieving school district”.

    Like so many other projects that have been mismanaged and even bungled, this search process needs to be restarted and done right. First, the public ought to be involved much, much more than just five or six public meetings. Those won’t provide for any specific, meaningful input that will be listened to or even seriously considered. Second, we need to generate much more interest from those who are experienced in conducting a superintendent search and who also have a record of proven results. Third, this school board ought to reach out to the business community, to elected officials from throughout Dekalb County, and to others who have a direct interest in bringing economic development to our community. Fourth, this school board needs to spend a lot of time talking to people from Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Druid Hills, Lavista Hills, and other communities that have voiced great concern about our school system. What candidate would want to come into such a divided environment that has had four superintendents in five years and one in which such a large segment of the population has little, if any, confidence in the school administration?

    For once, this school board needs to look outward, to listen, and to act on what it hears.

  9. The thing is Howdy, the job pays almost $300,000 plus a $2,000 no-receipt monthly expense account. There are plenty of [underwhelmingly qualified] people who will be interested — all for the wrong reasons of course, and all probably already posturing and queuing up to get noticed from the ‘inside’…

  10. howdy1942 says:

    @DSW – you’re right! But we have been there, done that and we almost lost our accreditation! We do pay a very good salary, far above average and we ought to be able to attract someone who can unite, lead, and manage. It is going to take some very good leadership and hard work to attract such a superintendent. And, by the way, that person is not Beasley, nor Tyson, nor Thurmond, nor Simpson, nor anyone that is currently within the Dekalb County School System nor on its school board. We need someone with proven results, who can bring a fresh, unbiased perspective, who can listen, who can unite, who can gain support from throughout Dekalb County for his/her agenda. We need someone who is not hostile nor combative nor so quick to call in the lawyers. And we also must insure that no preconceptions are made regarding race – we need the best person that we can attract!

    One of the people interviewed by the AJC for its article in Saturday’s paper stated it very well – Dekalb County has got to get this one right or “it’s over”. Maybe I’m not being realistic, but I sincerely believe that common ground can be found with Druid Hills and much can be done to ameliorate the concerns of Dunwoody, Brookhaven, and other communities who have been left out of the process, but we need someone who can be objective. However, I am not encouraged by the search process to date and, based on that AJC article, I am not alone. Dekalb has not gotten it right on the past four superintendents and this search is not off to a very good start and, for that reason, is highly suspect. I would encourage the school board to reach out to the community, to the State School Board, and to others who can bring the credibility and knowledge needed to find this new superintendent.

    I personally believe that we need to abort this process, start over, get some qualified people from the State to help us, and take the time to get this selection right. There is just too much at stake here.

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