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DeKalb County School Board parts ways with superintendent, names interim

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DeKalb County School Board parts ways with superintendent, names interim

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DeKalb Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green. Photo by AL SUCH with WABE.


Superintendent Stephen Green is no longer employed by DeKalb County Schools.

Green, who planned to resign when his contract ended in 2020, was let go by the School Board in a meeting held today, Nov. 11.

The separation agreement is “effective immediately,” the School District said. The Board named Ramona Tyson as interim superintendent. Tyson, “brings 32 years of total service to the DeKalb County School District, serving as a classroom teacher, administrator, deputy chief superintendent, interim superintendent, chief of staff to three superintendents, and chief administrator to the board of education.”

Tyson will retire on June 30, 2020 and a national search is underway to replace Green. The district hired BWP & Associates to conduct the search. The firm is responsible for engaging with the community, recruiting candidates, performing assessments on candidates and selecting them for the School Board’s consideration.

“We appreciate Dr. Green for his service to the county and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” Board Chair Michael Erwin said in a press release. “With Dr. Green’s immediate departure, we have the utmost confidence in Ms. Tyson serving as the interim superintendent. The separation agreement will have no impact on our current superintendent search, and we are fully committed to an open and transparent process, as evidenced by our current online survey and last week’s community forums.”

The School District hired Green in 2015. He previously served as superintendent of Kansas City Schools in Missouri.

Green’s immediate predecessor was Michael Thurmond, who was brought in as an interim superintendent after his predecessor, Cheryl Atkinson, parted ways with DeKalb. Thurmond is currently the DeKalb County CEO. He was hired to lead a School District that nearly lost its accreditation due to mismanagement and board meddling.

Under Green’s watch, the district’s accreditation was fully restored in 2016 and the next year was extended through 2022.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Green had been seeking a contract extension. While the school district’s accreditation is no longer in jeopardy, its test scores have been “flat” and teacher turnover has been high, the AJC reported.

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