Here are the three candidates for DeKalb school chief. No internal candidate.

Here are the three finalists for the DeKalb superintendent:

I just posted another blog on their backgrounds. Check it out here.

* Dr. Gloria Davis, Superintendent of Decatur (Illinois) Public Schools

* Arthur R. Culver, Superintendent of Champaign (Illinois) Community Unit School District #4

* Dr. Lillie Cox, Superintendent of Hickory (North Carolina) Public Schools

From the school system on Thursday’s public forum with the three candidates:

During the forum, each superintendent candidate will have 50 minutes to introduce themselves and answer 10 written questions from the public. Parents and members of the community are invited to submit written questions of the candidates. Questions from the public must be submitted at the forum prior to 5:30 p.m.

Parents and those in the community who cannot attend the forum can submit written questions on the DeKalb Schools website at www.dekalbsuperintendentsearch.com. The forum also will be broadcast live on Dekalb Schools’ PDS TV 24 cable access channel on Comcast.

After each candidate makes a presentation and answers questions, members of the public will be asked to fill out a form regarding each candidate. These forms will be collected and presented to the DeKalb County Board of Education for its consideration during the selection process.

The Board of Education is seeking a permanent superintendent for the DeKalb County School System. This is one of the Board’s most important responsibilities, and the Board is conducting a national search for a leader for DeKalb Schools.

The Board of Education is committed to making the Superintendent Search Process open and transparent, and its search will include multiple opportunities for public input and discussion. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in this important decision for our schools.

For more information and updates on the permanent superintendent search, please visit  www.dekalbsuperintendentsearch.com.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

87 comments Add your comment

b4life

March 29th, 2011
12:35 pm

Thank God the three candidates are from outside the system. That’s a step in the right direction! Hopefully, the new person will clean house and relieve the bloat, cronyism and nepotism.

really?

March 29th, 2011
12:45 pm

All 3 candidates come from school systems that have a grand total of 2 high schools. I was unable to find enrollment numbers for Hickory, NC, but the two Illinois districts top out at 9,000 students each. Is that the level of experience we want for our district of 90,000 students?

JLM

March 29th, 2011
12:46 pm

I agree we need a candidate from the outside. However, there is still one problem – the board. The superintendent reports to the board.

say what?

March 29th, 2011
12:48 pm

We do not know what responsibilities each one had prior to taking the job of super for these small school sytems. Foe example, they could have been the assistant super of a mid to large district, but to advance their career options took a position of super of a small district to get more executive level experience.

I hope that people will attend the meetings and ask pertinent, general questions ( not just about what is happening at their school) in order to get the best information and best candidate.

Diversity?

March 29th, 2011
12:50 pm

Wow…who wants to bet odds the White woman from Hickory is the token?

WAR

March 29th, 2011
12:50 pm

this is a joke.

WAR

March 29th, 2011
12:51 pm

diversity

really, that should be a joke… except it is not funny.

WAR

March 29th, 2011
12:53 pm

a race issue is the last thing this county needs. i just want someone who is qualified to lead.

Teacher Reader

March 29th, 2011
12:57 pm

@ Reall? I was thinking the same thing. These districts are rural as well. However, they aren’t insiders, so that is a positive.

Nicole

March 29th, 2011
1:01 pm

It shouldn’t matter what size district they’re coming from, or even their race at this point. What DeKalb Schools needs is someone that can come in and CLEAN HOUSE. The school system is a mess, the morale is low, and we need to be built back up to where we were in the 90s. And yes, I am speaking as an employee. There are too many internal issues going on that need to be handled before we can start saying who fits right for what.

Leaving DeKalb (The New Clayton County)

March 29th, 2011
1:04 pm

Poor, new superintendent. Has to put up with idiots who sit on the board (all of them should fall in a dark hole to never be found again), run a school system in a county with NO money, and have elected officials in the county who are largely crooks and out for their wallets, relatives and friends. This county is stinking and I’m ready to move on.

Kellie Brownlow

March 29th, 2011
1:04 pm

Thank you for sharing. Since the interim Superintendent is obviously not transitioning into this position, do you know if she will keep the $75 k increase she received this year?

JT

March 29th, 2011
1:05 pm

Do you think it really matters who they actually choose? No matter who gets the job nothing is ever going to change. Dekalb County schools have been going down the wrong direction for years and nothing is going to bring them back. I was a product of Dekalb County public schools and ever since I began middle school in 1994, the school system has been getting worse every year.

The school board is full of a bunch of idiots who care nothing about the children, teachers or the neighborhoods. All they care about is screwing things up and asking for raises. It makes me so sad to see what use to be one of the top school districts in the state become the absolute worst.

I have a great idea on how Dekalb County School System could save a lot more money. Since they really don’t care about educating our children anyways, lets close down all the schools. This way Dekalb County can still collect all that tax revenue and we can give the board members huge salaries for doing absolutley nothing. They get paid to do nothing but screw up things right now. Lets stop their destructive behavior by closing all the schools. That’s the way to go. They don’t see education as a priority anyways.

Going Out on a Limb On This One

March 29th, 2011
1:07 pm

We know how things work around here. The black woman will get the job. Dispense with the window dressing due diligence and public forums.

D

March 29th, 2011
1:07 pm

Vegas line is giving 100 to 1 on the white lady from Hickory

Teacher, but NOT in Dekalb

March 29th, 2011
1:07 pm

So one of them is white?

Fedup

March 29th, 2011
1:09 pm

Wow, those three didn’t do their homework well enough to research DeKalb County….of course, the two Illinois districts are horrible and this may be a weather decision on their parts…….oh, and a probable HUGE increase in pay……

say what?

March 29th, 2011
1:11 pm

@Kellie the interim will keep the ENTIRE salary for 1-2 years. Yep, DCSS will be paying for 2 superintendents, 1 full time permanent, and 1 consulting super.

Get Out

March 29th, 2011
1:12 pm

I have a solution for everyone who has children in the Dekalb County School System. GET OUT! MOVE AWAY NOW! That’s exactly what I’m doing. Why keep raising children in a county where education is diminishing every year. Have your tax dollars really work for you and move to a better county. Quit wasting your time and sanity in Dekalb County. The schools are a joke and as parents you need to step up and put your children in better schools. GET OUT and do it NOW.

Dr. John Trotter

March 29th, 2011
1:14 pm

Well…I see that the finalists have been revealed. I know nothing about these people. But, I think that the Monster of DeKalb County will swallow them whole. Like Jonah of old, they will be fortunate to be spit up upon the metaphorical beach one day. I know that Hickory is a wealthy community in North Carolina. I know that Illinois is up North. There will be the usual honeymoon period and the effusive butt-kissing ritual — everyone’s trying to impress the new supe, hoping to move up the corporate ladder. He or she will eventually bring in his or her own educational thugs to keep all of the “dumb Southerners” (I say this facetiously) in line. J. Jerome Harris and Beverly Hall of New York did the same thing in Atlanta. It’s just the way that they do it.

But, let’s ask the new superintendent to investigate the egregious wrong-doings of the Office of Internal Resolutions.

The new superintendent should first of all do something about the callous way that the Office of Internal Resolutions (OIR) treats the DeKalb County teachers and other employees. You guys know that I have mentioned how State Senator Ronald Ramsey, who heads up OIR [when he is there], shut down a grievance hearing right before it was launched in the Spring of 2009. I was representing the teacher who was about to testify about systematic cheating at Clarkston High School. He had teacher-witnesses to call. (This was before the cheating scandal brought out in the traditional media, though MACE had been picketing in front of the Central Office and in front of Clarkston High School with signs asking, “Systematic Cheating?” and “Systematic Cheating At Clarkston?” This was also before Crawford Lewis was whisked out of the Central Office by police officers and was later indicted.) Perhaps now Ramsey and Lewis can see that it would have been wiser to adhere to the State Law which says that teachers “have a right to be heard, to present relevant evidence, and to examine witnesses at each level.” You see, Ron, as a State Senator, I presume that you were sworn to uphold the law. You help make the laws but don’t want to abide by them? Hmm. How hypocritical.

Oh yes, Ron and I engaged in a heated verbal exchange when he unilaterally and illegally shut down this grievance hearing. Before I know it, Robin Goolsby, Ronald Ramsey’s assistant, had her two hands in my chest pushing me out of the building. All kinds of witnesses were watching. I stopped in the hallway and pointed out to the onlookers what was happening. Beside the teacher and Mr. Norreese Haynes accompanying me, there were many other on-lookers in the hallway.

The next week, I get a stupid letter from that joke of an attorney, Josie Alexander, trying to threaten MACE about “illegal” pickets. (Ha! What a joke! Trust me…we kept picketing — even with the TV cameras filming. Several days in a row…even during torrential downpours of rain! What law school did Josie Alexander go to? Did she learn anything about the First Amendment in law school?). This same lawyer (for Crawford Lewis, I presume) also told me that I was “banned.” Well, now, Josie, do I look like I am banned? Now if I am truly “banned,” then I presume that I can sue your Interim Superintendent and/or the New Superintendent as well as school board members personally, and Ronald Ramsey in pro se action. But, first comes the sworn testimonies in Federal Depositions. Ahhh, the depositions. They are so much fun and so enlightening.

I look forward to a new day in DeKalb. I hope the mess can be cleaned up — especially the mess in OIR. “Resolutions”? OIR tries to “resolve” nearly everything in favor of the powerful. Maybe this is why they don’t like MACE. MACE is about empowering classroom educators, not the abusive and self-absorbed administrators. (c) MACE, March 29, 2011.

Dr. John Trotter

March 29th, 2011
1:16 pm

For the record, I am not the “JT” above. I am sure that there are many “JTs” in the world. I post under my name. Ha!

Seymore Skinner

March 29th, 2011
1:16 pm

Fedup
oh, and a probable HUGE increase in pay……

Ding ding ding……..you nailed it Fed

Dunwoody Mom

March 29th, 2011
1:16 pm

We know Trotter – you posted that already in another thread. Still promoting yourself I see.

Sam of Georgia

March 29th, 2011
1:19 pm

Most of these comments are of no value what so ever. Why not put forth questions to ask the potential appointees regarding thier skills or objectives or plans for the system. I know, that would require some real thinking which may lead to a productive exchange of ideas.

almh

March 29th, 2011
1:23 pm

If you don’t have Comcast you can watch it online http://www.ecstreams.com/dekalbschools/dekalbschoolslive.asx

Miss Priss!

March 29th, 2011
1:24 pm

Dunwoody Mom … sweetie … I don’t think you’re getting to Dr. Trotter. Know what I mean? He’ll fire back here in a few minutes with something pretty darn good that always wipes your makeup off.

On the other hand, when you’re not bitter or snarky, your other posts are really good. But most of the time, sugar, you’re promoting yourself, too, and it’s not that interesting.

Whatever

March 29th, 2011
1:27 pm

AMEN Sam of GA!!

catlady

March 29th, 2011
1:30 pm

Bios, please!

Dunwoody Mom

March 29th, 2011
1:33 pm

@catlady, the pictures and bios are supposed to up on the DCSS website later today.

RJ's WIFE

March 29th, 2011
1:37 pm

LORD…who ever is chosen for that position please lead & guide them to do the right job that will benefit the children because they are the FUTURE :)

observer

March 29th, 2011
1:44 pm

There is one common thread between Clayton Co. Schools, which lost accrediion and the Atl. and Dekalb school systems which are in danger of losing their accredition. Who can guess what it is?

DCSS Student

March 29th, 2011
1:47 pm

Being qualified to oversee a small school system with 2 high schools in a white community is a long way from being qualified to take on one the size and complexity of a school system like DeKalb. Apparently qualification was not on the DeKalb list of importance. Whice one gets the job will not be here very long and then we can play this game again.

Watching

March 29th, 2011
1:51 pm

To add to Really’s concern………….Hickory, N.C. has about 10,000 students; why no candidates with “big league” experience?

Dr. John Trotter

March 29th, 2011
1:51 pm

@ Dunwoody Mom: You’re right. I posted most of that piece on an earlier thread before the announcement of the finalists. But, damn, it was such a good post that I felt compelled to share it with those who perchance might have missed this illuminating post! Ha! Like T. O., I love me some me! Whew!!!

Tammy

March 29th, 2011
1:58 pm

I wish they had named some candidates with a hyphenated double last name. That is more klassy for they chirrens.

No thanks

March 29th, 2011
2:07 pm

Yes, but what about their skills with erasers?

They can just do like Atlanta or Washington DC and bring overnight “miraculous” testing improvements to the fatherless, low-IQ students in the Dekalb School system.

Seamus O'brian

March 29th, 2011
2:13 pm

This looks like oboma appointing czars

Sick a Tired

March 29th, 2011
2:19 pm

We had someone from outside the system that was good and instructional based. Ofcourse that was too intimidating for our board. It limited relative hires. You do not get a difference until you vote a difference. Sorry to say the member that replaced Ms. Roberts do not have a clue.

Jo

March 29th, 2011
2:25 pm

So. Let me be clear. Only those people who attend, in person, the hastily called Thursday night “public forum” will have their comments considered by the BOE? What about people who, for whatever reason, watch the entire “goat rodeo” on television? This is a lawsuit waiting to happen! It is NOT okay to give credence to comments by citizens simply because they could attend this meeting — but not allow other citizens — whether they watch or not — to make their comments to the BOE and have them duly considered. I repeat: This is a lawsuit waiting to happen!

Dr NO

March 29th, 2011
2:27 pm

Diversity?

March 29th, 2011
12:50 pm

The white chick has already been black-balled.

Tucker

March 29th, 2011
2:35 pm

Ramona Tyson should stay on the job.

Hahahaha

March 29th, 2011
2:37 pm

@Tammy, you are so right sister! Regardless of who they pick (hyphenated name or not) They will be Too Blessed To Be Stressed! It’s hard NOT to comment on a freak show, yafeelme?

Josh

March 29th, 2011
2:40 pm

After a ‘Nation Wide’ search…DeKalb BOE decides to hire another Black school cheif….I have always wondered how these nation wide searches always result in a Black being hired no matter how unqualified they are…in what nation are they looking?

DCSS sucks

March 29th, 2011
2:48 pm

Ramona Tyson needs to be fired.

feduptaxpayer

March 29th, 2011
2:54 pm

Someone get on Ancestry.com and figure out which of the Illinois candidates is related to a board member.

tim

March 29th, 2011
2:58 pm

Is that embarrassing racist clown Lowery going to inject himself into this too. He thinks he’s J Jackson and A Sharpton combined.

Seymore Skinner

March 29th, 2011
3:04 pm

I believe the WHO said it best

“Meet the new boss………same as the old boss”

Dr NO

March 29th, 2011
3:11 pm

“Is that embarrassing racist clown Lowery going to inject himself into this too.”

Lets hope so. Useless lowery would be good for a laugh and nothing more.

Write Your Board Members

March 29th, 2011
3:18 pm

Everyone, you can write your board members and share your concerns. Jo, DeKalb is giving far more opportunity for public comment than most systems do.