City Schools of Decatur Superintendent fills central office vacancies
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By Alex Brown, contributor
Decatur, GA – City Schools of Decatur Superintendent David Dude has filled the roles of two staff members who simultaneously resigned in December 2019.
Adena Walker has been hired as Director of Staff Support.
“[Executive Director of Schools] Dr. Maggie Fehrman will be supporting the office of Staff Support for executive-level decision making,” Superintendent David Dude said in his Apirl 14 update to the School Board.
Lonita Broome was hired as the new Executive Director of Finance and her start date was April 22. During the interim when the roles were not yet filled, CSD was utilizing a private company to take care of central office duties.
In addition to those vacant roles, Tiffany Lawrence was hired as Nutritional Director after the retirement of Allison Goodman and her start date was April 20.
The board is continuing to interview for vacant principalships at Glennwood and Westchester elementary schools, as well as continuing to move forward reviewing applications for the Executive Director of Operations position following the recent departure of Noel Maloof from that role.
Here is Superintendent Dude’s full hiring update provided to the School Board on April 14:
Staff Support is on track with job postings and hiring for the 20-21 SY. We are working closely with the principals and other hiring managers to ensure new hires are processed in our HR systems as quickly as possible. A communication concerning virtual onboarding sessions is being drafted to send to new hires explaining what they can expect in the upcoming days and weeks solidifying their employment with City Schools of Decatur. Additional language was added to our contract due to the COVID-19 guidelines since we are unable to fingerprint our 20-21 new hires until social distancing precautions are lifted.
Vacant district-level leadership positions have been filled. Adena Walker was hired as Director of Staff Support in lieu of hiring a replacement for David Adams. Dr. Maggie Fehrman will be supporting the office of Staff Support for executive-level decision making.
Tiffany Lawrence was hired as Nutritional Director after the retirement of Allison Goodman and her start date is April 20. Ms. Lawrence most recently worked as the SNP Director for Griffin-Spalding County Schools and has a Masters in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management as well as a Bachelors of Economics from UGA and an Associates degree from Johnson and Wales University.
Ms. Lawrence has over 17 years of experience in the area of food and nutrition.
Lonita Broome was hired as the new Executive Director of Finance and her start date is April 22, 2020. Ms. Broome most recently worked for the Atlanta Police Department as the Chief Business Manager and has previous experience in Clayton County Public Schools as the Executive Director of Business Services. Ms. Broome is currently working on her doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Walden University and completed her Masters of Business Administration at Troy State University. Ms. Broome joins CSD with over 17 years of finance experience.
The interview process for the vacant principalships at Glennwood and Westchester elementary schools is well underway. After screening applicants, 17 candidates were selected to receive a written performance task. Eight of these 17 candidates qualified to participate in round one interviews later this week. Round 2 interviews are scheduled for the end of next week.
The vacant position of Executive Director of Operations has been posted and we have received several promising candidates in the applicant pool. We will continue moving forward with filling that position as soon as possible.
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