Decatur School Board plans to discuss extending superintendent’s contract

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 14, 2017

City Schools of Decatur Board of Education: (left to right) Tasha White, Vice Chair Garrett Goebel, Lewis Jones, Chair Annie Caiola, Superintendent Dr. David Dude, and Bernadette Seals. Source: City Schools of Decatur

Decatur School Board Chair Annie Caiola said the board plans to discuss a possible extension of Superintendent David Dude’s contract in a closed door meeting on Nov. 14.

The executive session will take place after the board’s regular meeting. The original agenda for the Nov. 14 meeting had “Superintendent Contract” listed among the consent items, matters that are usually voted on without discussion by the board. Shortly after the agenda was published,  this item was removed from the agenda on the School Board’s website.

A school system spokesperson said, “That item was there as a placeholder from a long time ago and was inadvertently not removed before publication. We place items like this as reminders to ourselves on future topics.”

Caiola confirmed that the board will be discussing the contract after tonight’s meeting. The contract is set to expire on June 30, 2018.

“I am comfortable saying the board is very pleased with the job that Dr. Dude is doing and our discussions tonight are likely to involve standard contract terms and not whether or not we’re pleased with his work,” she said.

Dude’s current salary is $189,000. Under the current contract, his base salary would increase to $199,000 if the board extends it through the 2018-2019 school year. The School Board recently gave Dude a $10,000 bonus he was eligible for during the 2016-2017 school year. This school year he is eligible for a $20,000 bonus.

The Nov. 14 School Board meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at City Schools of Decatur’s Central Office, located at 125 Electric Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030. The regular meeting is open to the public, but under state law the executive session to discuss Dude’s contract can legally be closed to the public.

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