Decatur School Board selects superintendent search firm

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 28, 2015
City Schools of Decatur Superintendent Phyllis Edwards announced her resignation at the School Board's March 10, 2015 meeting. Photo by Carey O'Neil

City Schools of Decatur Superintendent Phyllis Edwards announced her resignation at the School Board’s March 10, 2015 meeting. Photo by Carey O’Neil

The Decatur School Board on Monday hired Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to find a replacement for Superintendent Phyllis Edwards, who recently announced she is leaving City Schools of Decatur.

The contract is worth $19,500.

Edwards announced her resignation in March and said she plans to move back to her home state of Florida. She was hired as City Schools of Decatur’s superintendent in 2003. Her resignation was a surprise considering the challenges facing the school system. Edwards is the public face of the school system’s efforts to sell voters on a General Obligation bond for school construction to provide more space for the rise CSD’s enrollment. Current City Schools of Decatur enrollment is 4,300 students. CSD consultants project it will be more than 6,000 by 2020.

The bond could be placed on the ballot as early as this November. Edwards has agreed to will finish out the school year and has offered to stay on till the end of the 2015, that may not be enough time for board members to find a new superintendent. The timing of her announcement, coming before the close of the current school year, creates some logistical challenges for School Board members as they search for her successor. Ideally, a new superintendent would start at the beginning of a new school year.

According to the proposal from Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, the search could take five months or more.

This is a copy of the proposal submitted by the consultant. It outlines the process of the superintendent search.

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