DeKalb schools names superintendent finalist

According to the AJC, our school board plans to announce one finalist for superintendent >>

R. Stephen Green, the superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools, is expected to take over the top job for the DeKalb County School District, according to more than one person with knowledge of the search.

The school board is expected to announce Green as the sole finalist for its top job at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the district’s offices in Stone Mountain. He will take over for Michael Thurmond, who has led the district since February 2013. After the announcement of a single finalist, the district has to wait 14 days before offering a contract.

Green is currently in the middle of a five-year contract with Kansas City, which includes a three-year contract and two one-year extensions that would keep him there until June 2018. He started with the district in August 2011 as interim superintendent. He took the job permanently in 2012.

Efforts to reach Green were unsuccessful late Tuesday.

Read more about Green at AJC.com

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  1. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    This part is good >>
    Green received a Bachelor of Science in English Literature and Composition and a Master of Arts in English Literature from Ball State University and his Principal’s Certification from Butler University. He received a doctorate degree from Indiana University in 1995 with two majors: curriculum and instruction and education administration; and an honorary doctorate from Northwest Missouri State University.

    http://kcpublicschools.org/superintendent

    Plus, notice this: His title is R. Stephen Green, Ph.D.

    UPDATE: Ooops – Nevermind – the video interview below slated him as Ph.D. but it’s really just an Ed.D. according to his online bio.

    Darn.

  2. Moving a comment from a previous post >>

    dsw2contributor
    Submitted on 2015/05/12 at 11:24 PM

    A 2013 interview with him:

  3. teacher reader says:

    His district does not have full accreditation. He is leaving his job before his contract ends, after promising the district to stay the long haul and finish the accreditation process out to the end. He has only been superintendent of 15,000 people.

    DeKalb teachers, children, and tax payers have been screwed by other superintendents with small school district employment. This was an important decision and the board of education failed in my eyes, the eyes of an educator, parent, and tax payer.

  4. H.A. Hurley says:

    He’s participated on numerous boards and foundations throughout his career.
    Well connected?
    Experience with charters?
    DCS is still going to be a full system charter system?
    However, a system with 15,000 students v. 100,000+ students??
    Not even close!
    We could eventually end up with 15,000 if we continue on the path of bleeding the county.
    Did anyone apply with experience in a system similar to DCS?

  5. downtown dekalb? says:

    I like what I’ve seen and read so far. He has an extensive background in education, including New York City Schools, the College Board, and experience at many levels, from K-12 and beyond. He has serious degrees in English Literature and Comp, and an educational doctorate in curriculum and instruction and administrative leadership from a reputable university. In the interview posted as a comment above, he shares intentions about truly partnering with parents and community members in a way I’ve not seen among the four people who have “served” us as superintendent for the past five years. He clearly understands the importance of early childhood education, especially in public school districts where many families live below the poverty line. It does not bother me that Kansas City’s school system has 14,000 students. Quite the contrary, I believe that size of student population likely puts him closer to ground level in terms of what works and doesn’t work for students and teachers. Hopefully his comparative experiences in places like New York and Kansas City will guide him in understanding that districts like ours, that cross a wide spectrum socioeconomically and from a student achievement perspective, serve all students better when they are managed at the more narrowly-tailored 5,000-10,000 student or cluster-level.

  6. downtown dekalb? says:

    Wait, one more reason to love him already is that when you go to the Kansas City Public Schools’ homepage, his face and name are nowhere to be found! There is a photo on the homepage, but … hold on, have a seat … it’s of an actual, enrolled student! Now if every press release from the Kansas City schools does not lead with his name, then we’ll know that he’s a guy who’s not too concerned about being the center of attention, but is instead focused on getting the work done for students, teachers, and families.

  7. You are so right downtown. Michael Thurmond is a PR hound and has in fact, hired his own former campaign manager as the highly paid “communications director” for the school district. Read that: Make sure my name get a lot of Google love for good press releases and go out in the blogs and discredit anything negative.

    We hope that the new super will clean out some of these top tier administrators soon after taking his position. We need a real communications team – one focused on schools – not the image of the superintendent. And we need new top tier leadership – starting with HR. A top level CFO is desperately needed in the finance department – one not afraid of transparency. Perhaps even posting the checkbook online! We would also suggest using an outside payroll company to handle all payroll. And of course, some highly skilled curriculum EXPERTS.

  8. Here’s his full bio from the Kansas City Schools website.

    R. Stephen Green, Ed.D., was named superintendent of schools of Kansas City Public Schools by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors in April 2012. At that time, KCPS was unaccredited by the state of Missouri. Under Dr. Green’s leadership, KCPS earned 92.5 points towards the state of Missouri’s school achievement standards in 2014. That was 8.5 points more than the what the school district earned in 2013, and a 54.5-point leap from the 2012 results. In August 2014, Missouri’s Board of Education recognized the gains made by the school district by granting KCPS provisional accreditation.

    Green received a Bachelor of Science in English Literature and Composition and a Master of Arts in English Literature from Ball State University and his Principal’s Certification from Butler University. He received a doctorate degree from Indiana University in 1995 with two majors: curriculum and instruction and education administration; and an honorary doctorate from Northwest Missouri State University.

    Green is the former president and CEO of Kauffman Scholars, Inc., an access and graduation program aimed significantly at increasing the number of college graduates from Kansas City’s urban schools. Kauffman Scholars is a comprehensive academic enrichment and scholarship program that provides coordinated, intensive, tutoring and life skills support to students beginning in middle school and continuing through the college years.

    Before joining Kauffman Scholars, Green was the Superintendent of Community School District #28 and a Local Instructional Superintendent in Region 3 for the New York City Board of Education. In this role, he provided instructional leadership and support to the 34 schools in the district, and worked with a team of school administrators to ensure instructional improvement among the 142 schools in the region.

    Green also served as the President and Executive Director of the New Jersey Teaching and Learning Collaborative, a not-for-profit organization founded to provide ongoing technical assistance, high quality curriculum-driven professional development, and advocacy for local and state policy reform – all toward the goal of improving teaching and learning in New Jersey’s districts.

    As the National Executive Director of the CollegeEd Program for the College Board, Green’s leadership focused on helping middle school students understand the importance of a college education and exploring the options available. He has served as the National Executive Director of School-Level Services, as the National Director of the Pacesetter Program, and as Associate Director for Pacesetter Planning and Development for the College Board. He also served as Assistant Superintendent, as High School Assistant Principal, and as Middle School Assistant Principal for the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township in Indiana. He taught high school and college-level English literature and composition for thirteen years at Pike High School, Indiana University, and Butler University. He has served as the Director of Minority of Student Affairs at Butler University and as an Instructional Superintendent for the New York City Board of Education.

    Green has been a frequent presenter at national conferences addressing issues of educational equity, access, and achievement in school curriculum design and reform. He has been featured in several educational training productions such as Discipline with Dignity, Touching the Future: Minorities in Education, Pacesetter, and CollegeEd.

    He is an active member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, the National Council of the Teachers of English, the American Association of Secondary School Administrators, the Association for Supervision Curriculum and Development and the National Council on Educating Black Children. Green also serves as a board member of the United Way of Greater Kansas City, the Vice Polemarch for the Independence, Missouri Alumni of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the Christian Education Board and the Usher Board for Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church and the KCPT Public Television Board of Directors.

    Green is married, and has four children and three grandchildren.

  9. We are glad to see that he has been a teacher and a principal and that he studied English and Literature in college. His degrees are respectable – from Ball State, Butler and Indiana U. He studied curriculum and educational administrative leadership for his Ed.D. (Maybe he can corral the administration that’s in place? Maybe even streamline it and send the saved money to the teachers and classrooms of DeKalb?) We are hearing that the district he served in Queens, NY (2003-2005) had almost 300,000 students. There are good things here, as well as a few concerns. Kansas City schools is one of the worst in the nation – and it doesn’t appear that he was able to make equitable gains. The issues with poverty are pervasive – there and here – and will take cooperation among all public officials – state and county. Hopefully the new super will build those bridges, but our county leadership needs a shot in the arm as well.

  10. Maureen’s Get Schooled blog at the AJC has a new post >>
    DeKalb superintendent finalist: He can shake a leg. Can he shake up a system?

    Cute video – shows his personality.

  11. brother dekalb says:

    Dr. Steve Green, President and CEO of Green Enterprise Works, Inc.
    2011 – Present

    https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dr-steve-green/14/525/720

  12. former dekalb parent says:

    Is one person a choice? I fear that there was some back room wheeling and dealing that got us to here….I do like what I see, but I am fearful of who will be his mentor as he makes this transition. I think he could learn from the new Atlanta Schools Superintendent, she has a challenging role in that system. I also think we need to listen to some of the ideas he is bringing with him as he comes on board as the way we have been doing “business as usual” is not working. I am hopeful, let’s hear what he has to say. And let’s all wish Mr. Thurmond a fond farewell for good.

  13. Marney says:

    @former dekalb parent. It is a very common practice to name a single “finalist” , who will be the one the board has agreed to vote in after the 2 week wait required by law. The alternative is to discourage quality candidates because they won’t agree to have their name public and poison their current situation if they don’t know they will be hired.

  14. I wonder If there were any white, Asian or Hispanic candidates or did John Evans and the NAACP so taint this selection processes?

  15. teacher reader says:

    I find it interesting to see how the Kentucky School Board that fired ProACT at the same time DCSD did react to the continuation of their search in a less haphazard, more thought out way. We can’t wonder why we aren’t fully accredited and that our school board is the reason why we are not there yet. http://www.kentucky.com/welcome_page/?shf=/2015/05/09/3843422_search-firms-lining-up-to-help.html

  16. dsw2contributor says:

    The AJC is reporting that “DeKalb school board member Jester submits to background check”:
    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/dekalb-school-board-member-jester-submits-to-backg/nmF3P/

    In a comment on her blog, I asked Maureen to clarify — did Stan actually submit to the DCSD Police Dept, or did Mike Thurmond just decide to go with the background check(s) done by the Dunwoody PD.

  17. Another version of the story posted on the AJC website, titled “DeKalb school board member cleared to receive board benefits”:
    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/dekalb-school-board-member-cleared-to-receive-boar/nmFzr/

    That story is dated 2:43 PM today, while the “DeKalb school board member Jester submits to background check” version is dated 3:24 PM.

    I guess the AJC will change their story if Mike Thurmond’s campaign director complains to them.

  18. Of course, at this point there is going to be the traditional warranted worry that comes with any board decision in dekalb. I am not concerned as many are about the size of districts (15000 vs 100000? Who can honestly say “I can work with 15000 people, but 100000? Whoa.”) as the right team of leaders under him can easily account for a larger number of students if the leadership tools of the super are sound. We still must worry about the rest of the “team” in the district office for sure. It seems there are roughly only 25 districts as big or bigger than ours and I’m not sure they are in better standing and we’d want their supers.
    http://asumag.com/research/2014-asu-100-largest-school-districts-us-enrollment-2012-13
    I tend to look at his credentials overall and he seems to have the best I’ve seen in my 15 years here. At the very least I can say I’m pleased they went away from the district to seek someone outside the “pearly gates” of the AIC….hopefully nothing emerges in regard to him being a friend or family…fingers crossed.
    All we know is it’s going to happen. The decision has been made. Let’s hope and pray for the best.

  19. bettyandveronica1 says:

    Well, he says he’s not bringing a team here. He’s opting to leave them in place to further their gains in KC.
    I am hoping he gets here and works with those in place for a bit to see what they are really made of. Then LOWER THE BOOM! HR shake up, Curriculum and Instruction big changes needed…get rid of the office duplicate and triplicate workforce It would also be nice if the school principals were given more autonomy, as long as they are doing their job. There is no way that the number of folks in that office is efficient use of funds.

    The board if they are smart will step back and take an advisory role only in his first year.
    I mainly hope he doesn’t bow down to the board. I hope he has a back room come to Jesus meeting with them to let them know he needs to be able to make changes, if that is his plan and let it be so.
    Maybe we should drag out that list DSW2 made with changes parents have been asking for over the last 10 years and send him a copy. We don’t want to overwhelm though.
    Of course, he could just be looking to stay a few years, make minimal progress, collect some healthy money and then move on to the next offering…it could happen. Oh wait, it already did, to both school systems.

    I promise to keep an open mind, I promise to keep an open mind, I promise to keep an open mind, I promise to keep an open mind.

  20. The big question will be answered if he purges the Friends and Family from Dekalb. Let’s see if his hires represent the diversity of the County, not the Black fraternities and Soritiy ( aka Pink and green membership ) that has been a requirement to get a job in Dekalb for the last 10 + years.

    If not the White, Hispanic, and Asian’s in Dekalb that make up 60% of the county need to start organizing and filing EEO complaints. Schools like Cross Keys deserve a talented Hispanic leader.

  21. thedeal2 says:

    Completely agree, Another comment. We’ll see if he can recognize incompetency when he sees it.

  22. dekalbteacher says:

    If the same people are in charge of legal, hr, curriculum and instruction, etc…, how much change can we really expect? No matter how competent and motivated Mr. Green may be, we still have many people used to doing things at the last minute, doing very little, or not knowing how to do things.

    Does anyone know if all such “leaders” have already been given contracts for next year and if these contracts guarantee them employment/pay for the 2015-2016 school year?

    Unless Mr. Green is a miracle worker, I’m not sure how much will be different for us teachers and our students next year. The budget is being sorted out now. Principals are being moved, assigned now. Teachers are being hired now. The charter system application has already been filed.

    Forgive me for sounding cautious, but I’ve seen Johnny Brown ushered in and out while Beasley stuck around, Lewis build a literal palace and nice cushion for his “friends” from Title 1 funds, Tyson dismantled the budget and classroom while still collecting a nice paycheck, Atkinson bring in her own crew while Thurmond reinstated some of the old regime. So I’m not ready to start celebrating.

  23. I must say I am most impressed that he has grandkids who will be in DeKalb schools. What better incentive to make the system successful? I totally think that should be a new prerequisite….having family in the school system (kids, grandkids, etc. )…. No option to go private. Make it work.

  24. PRESS RELEASE >> From Parent Councils United:

    Parent Councils United congratulates the DeKalb Board of Education on its selection of R. Stephen Green as the next Superintendent of DeKalb County School District. PCU has spent the last year advocating for a transparent and purposeful superintendent selection process. Our Board of Education has risen to the challenge, showing a unity of purpose and leadership in bringing DeKalb such an outstanding leader.

    With full accreditation and the confidence of the community on the line, it was imperative that the Board of Education demonstrate transparency and integrity in its search and selection of Dr. Green. Throughout the process, the Board has communicated with the public by maintaining a superintendent search page on the DCSD website. The Board also enlisted a group of DeKalb citizens, the Community Liaison Group, to assist in narrowing the field of candidates.

    The Board stayed focused on its goal, even as it terminated the contract of its search firm and weathered the related publicity. Board members did their due diligence, reassessed their candidates, visited their finalist’s system, and coalesced around a strong message: “The Board is committed to the completion of the search process and the selection of DeKalb’s next Superintendent.”

    DeKalb’s Board of Education has earned the respect of the public. This selection process was a valuable step in forging a stronger foundation of trust within the district. PCU offers the Board its gratitude for forging ahead with integrity in the face of many obstacles. We look forward to partnering with our unified Board of Education and welcoming Dr. Green to DeKalb County.

  25. PRESS RELEASE >> From Board Chair Melvin Johnson:

    On behalf of the DeKalb County Board of Education, it is my privilege and honor to announce that the Board has selected, Dr. R. Stephen Green, as the sole finalist to be superintendent of the DeKalb County School District. Before I go into details about Dr. Green’s outstanding qualifications and the bright future we see under his leadership, I must pause and recognize the enormous debt of gratitude we owe the current superintendent, Michael Thurmond.

    During the past two and one-half years of Mr. Thurmond’s tenure, we have faced some of the most critical challenges imaginable including loss of accreditation, budget deficits, lagging employee morale, low academic achievement, and widespread frustration and anger by parents and other stakeholders.

    Today, we have:

    Gotten off probation and stand one step from full accreditation
    Replaced a $14 million deficit with a growing $81 million surplus by managing our resources in a more prudent and responsible manner
    Made the District one of the national leaders in school choice with nearly 50 schools offering education alternatives
    Eliminated all teacher furlough days and hired one hundred new teachers with plans to hire 200 additional teachers next school year
    Created greater opportunities for parent engagement
    Improved graduation rates and test scores
    Changed the narrative about measuring academic growth as well as achievement
    Improved safety in schools
    Decentralized regional superintendents to place more decision-making in local schools
    Created 21st Century learning environments with significant investments in classroom technology
    Restored a sense of pride for the 14,000 District employees

    In his proposed budget, Mr. Thurmond will leave a legacy of increasing salaries for experienced teachers and establishing the first ever for any school district a minimum wage for the lowest paid employees – the people who come to work every day making sure that students arrive to school safely and on-time, receive a nutritious meal and learn in a safe and clean environment.

    Mr. Thurmond has built a foundation for future growth and improvement.

    I will close these comments with one of Mr. Thurmond’s most powerful and insightful quotes: When we lose sight of our goal to help students, we get into trouble.

    Thank you, Mr. Thurmond.

    +++++

    Now, to the big announcement.

    The DeKalb Board has undertaken an exhaustive, open, deliberate process for selecting a new superintendent. Community involvement and input were our top priorities. Sixteen members of a community panel assisted in selecting the replacement for Mr. Thurmond. We held six public hearings around the District. More than 120 candidates from around the nation responded to our advertising and outreach efforts. With the help of our community liaison group, we selected eight very well qualified semi-finalist candidates. After conducting our in-person interviews with each of them, we quickly coalesced around Dr. Green as a uniquely qualified and outstanding candidate.

    Dr. R. Stephen Green, currently superintendent of Kansas City Schools (MO), has been selected by the Board as our sole finalist. By law, we are required to wait 14 days from this announcement before offering a contract.

    Dr. Green is the experienced and well-suited education leader we need in DeKalb County. He brings an impressive track record to the District. Dr. Green brought back the Kansas City Schools system to provisional accreditation. He has demonstrated innovative approaches to teaching and learning and moving student achievement forward.

    Dr. Green was named the winner of the 2015 Pearce Award as the best superintendent in the state of Missouri.

    In addition to his education experience, Dr. Green has also served as president and executive director of the New Jersey Teaching and Learning Collaborative, not-for-profit organization founded to provide ongoing technical assistance, professional development and advocacy for local and state policy reform.

    This position will be a homecoming for Dr. Green. He will be able to join his children and grandchildren here in the Atlanta area. We anticipate that in the next few days we will be able to announce a visit to the District by Dr. Green.

  26. There was a critical piece of information left out of Parent Council United’s PR piece about R. Stephen Green:

    “To verify the “unprecedented gains” in test scores of the which the release” [from the Missouri Association of School Administrators] “boasts, I checked one high school at random, Central High. Here is what Green’s “laser-like focus” has accomplished.

    “In 2011, 21 percent of the Central students were rated proficient in the Algebra I section of the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test. In 2014, that number was 9 percent.

    “In 2011, 8 percent of the students tested were proficient in biology. In 2014, that figure was 7 percent. Over the three years of Green’s tenure, the scores declined as well in government, biology, and English II.

    “The only subject that showed improvement was English I, but the take-away from that test is that four-fifths of the students at Central are NOT proficient in English.”

    Keep in mind that there are only about 15,000 students in Kansas City Public Schools. Go here to read the original: http://www.kcconfidential.com/tag/r-stephen-green/

  27. The DCS board absolutely failed.

    We asked a board member for the vote on Green and we were told that there are no votes taken in Executive Session.

    So, with no votes taken, how did Green end up at the top of the heap? Our best guess — because there has been little-to-no-transparency in this critical process of selecting a new superintendent — is that, with children and grandchildren living in DeKalb County, Green is part of the Friends and Family cabal.

    We also asked a board member for Green’s first name and were told he was just called Steve or Stephen. The board member did not know Green’s first name. Yet, the board was given a 605 page binder of information on candidates for superintendent. So, what does his first initial “R.” stand for? That is essential information to have for conducting due diligence.

    One of DSW’s commenters asked about white or Hispanic candidates reaching semi-final consideration for the job of DCS superintendent and the question has gone unanswered. This is a reasonable question to ask.

    Green is the 6th African-American superintendent (or “interim” superintendent) since since July 2002. None of the first five have been able to do the job. It is unlikely that Green will fare better [see article excerpt below], although why wouldn’t he take the job anyhow? DeKalb County Schools has a history and reputation of paying failed superintendents well when they leave.

    There was a critical piece of information left out of Quinn Hudson’s and Melvin Johnson’s overblown PR pieces about R. Stephen Green:

    “To verify the “unprecedented gains” in test scores of the which the release” [from the Missouri Association of School Administrators] “boasts, I checked one high school at random, Central High. Here is what Green’s “laser-like focus” has accomplished.

    “In 2011, 21 percent of the Central students were rated proficient in the Algebra I section of the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test. In 2014, that number was 9 percent.

    “In 2011, 8 percent of the students tested were proficient in biology. In 2014, that figure was 7 percent. Over the three years of Green’s tenure, the scores declined as well in government, biology, and English II.

    “The only subject that showed improvement was English I, but the take-away from that test is that four-fifths of the students at Central are NOT proficient in English.”

    Keep in mind that there are only about 15,000 students in Kansas City Public Schools. Go here to read the original: http://www.kcconfidential.com/tag/r-stephen-green/

  28. DunwoodyOwl says:

    Be wary of any analysis that says “I checked one [anything] at random”.

    Using the same criteria, I selected, let’s see…..East High School in Kansas City. (See http://mcds.dese.mo.gov/guidedinquiry/School%20Report%20Card/School%20Report%20Card.aspx). From 2011 to 2014, the “Below Basic Proficiency” in 8th grade math fell from 61.5% to 37.8%. The “Below Basic Proficiency” in 7th grade English/Language Arts fell from 40.6% to 22.6%.

    By that measure, things are absolutely fantastic!

    That said, looking at the other high schools in the district, there is an overall trend downward in student achievement and that’s concerning.

    And to be fair, I’d be more interested in what’s happening in the elementary schools, as by the time they get to high school the damage has already been done. I haven’t checked the data for them yet.

  29. Stan Jester says:

    I’m trying to get information out there as fast as possible. A lot of the information we have is confidential, but I’m working on getting what I can out there …

    Dr. Robert Stephen Green.

    Missouri’s Annual Performance Reports (APR) show how well each school and school district is meeting Missouri’s education standards under the state’s accountability system, Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) 5. Unlike Georgia, Missouri accredits their own schools and they do it on the basis of student achievement (not governance like SACS). The APR reports are used to review and accredit Missouri’s school districts.

    Under MSIP 5, schools and school districts are awarded points based on performance in five areas:
    • Academic achievement
    • Subgroup achievement
    • College and career or high school readiness
    • Attendance rate
    • Graduation rate

    I’ll be in and out of the house all weekend, but I will try to answer all of your questions.

    –Stan

  30. Stan Jester says:

    It is illegal to take votes during executive session. As a board, we talked to each other and decided to move forward with Dr. Green as our finalist. His appointment to Superintendent will come before the board in a public vote in a couple weeks and he should be able to take office on July 1.

  31. Stan, we are trying to understand this. Each board member had a 605-page binder of information on potential candidates for superintendent. Where is the input from the citizens committee? What happened to the semi-finalists we were told to expect? Surely there was more than one good candidate in that 605-page binder. What about caucasian, Hispanic or Asian candidates? Since 2002 DCS has had five African-American superintendents and not one could get the job done. Basically it appears that the board decided on the next superintendent through casual chit-chat without taking a vote. Show us the law that makes taking a vote in a school board executive session illegal. What is the point of a public vote in a few weeks? A mere formality?

  32. Stan Jester says:

    Good questions DSW. I will attempt to provide some clarity. First, Here is a timeline and links to more info …

    The board and liaison committee poured through a 650 page binder of superintendent candidate information. You can read District 1 representatives to the liaison committee updates here (http://factchecker.stanjester.com/2015/03/3943/). They discuss their process and timelines.

    The liaison committee provided excellent input, and after careful deliberations, the board picked semi finalists to interview in person. You can read more about that here (http://factchecker.stanjester.com/2015/04/4135/)

    A few weekends ago the board flew in the semi finalists. Over a period of two days, the board interviewed the semi finalists. I wrote about that here (http://factchecker.stanjester.com/2015/05/4151/)

    The board met a couple of times after that and after further careful deliberations picked a finalist that was announced this past week. Dr. Green’s appointment will come before the board in a couple of weeks.

  33. Stan Jester says:

    Voting. With a couple of exceptions, explained elsewhere in the Georgia Open Meetings Act, all votes must be taken in public after due notice to the public § 50-14-1 (b)(1)

    The Georgia Open Meetings Act is a good document to understand if you follow politics with representatives that meet as a board … BOE, Commissioners, etc …

    Superintendent Candidate Confidentiality
    Some states have a completely open school superintendent process where every single document and meeting is open to the public. Georgia, however, allows for the confidentiality of the candidates and their information. Many candidates do not wish their current employers to know they are looking for another job.

    The input from the liaison committee is confidential. We interviewed a number of excellent superintendent candidates that weekend they flew in. The demo graphics of the superintendent search candidates is broken down here
    (http://factchecker.stanjester.com/2015/04/4095/). The semi finalists were just as diverse.

    The point of a mandatory waiting period is to get public input? If you find Dr. Green objectionable, please let us know and why.

  34. Thanks Stan. Basically, we are all a bit surprised. We had been told there would be a short list for the public to review. Melvin Johnson is quoted as saying so in the media. Then suddenly, alas! You all presented your ONE final choice! We, the public, are left with absolutely no idea who else may have even applied. Not saying this is bad, just saying, that’s not what this board led the public to believe was going to happen. As always, it’s a trust issue. Honesty really is the best policy. Honest information from the get go. The public may have grumbled about the secrecy of the process, but they would have been living in the truth – not living in an expectation of a process described all along as quite different from the process that actually occurred.

  35. Stan Jester says:

    We always intended to have a list of 1 to 3 finalists. I understand your disappointment with a list of finalists consisting of only 1 person.

  36. Right. Looking back, the wording was very tricky – something like “up to” three finalists… However, “1” finalist is not a ‘list’.

  37. brother dekalb says:

    worldunitenow says:
    May 15, 2015 at 12:34 AM
    I must say I am most impressed that he has grandkids who will be in DeKalb schools. What better incentive to make the system successful? I totally think that should be a new prerequisite….having family in the school system (kids, grandkids, etc. )…. No option to go private. Make it work.


    The incentive–lies in the perks of the contract–written or unwritten or implied!

    Dr. Johnny Brown lived in Lithonia, but his daughter attended Lakeside High School.
    Dr. Crawford Lewis lived in Stone Mountain and his children just happened to get into Chamblee High School.
    Ms. Ramona Tyson’s children attended Narvie Harris Theme School.
    Mr. Thurmond, who lives in Smoke Rise, set his daughter to private schools.
    (I think she had graduated high school before his time, but she should have attended Tucker Middle and Tucker High.)

    So, when you are connected, it doesn’t matter where you live, and the waivers or student assignment applicationsngets very special handling and preferential treatment.

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