In an update this afternoon, DeKalb Schools spokesman Walter Woods said the district will not be filling the central office secretary’s job posted with a salary range of $53,000 to $72,000, far higher than some teachers earn. And the job only called for a high school diploma or GED.
Since it was published here on the blog last night, the job posting has generated widespread condemnation from DeKalb residents and employees who cited the system’s financial constraints.
Here is his latest note, which I have followed up with a call and e-mail to make sure that it means the job is going unfilled for the time being. (Woods did get back to me and says the job will be filled but only after the salary and position review.)
New school chief Cheryl Atkinson wins a point in my book for a sane and sensible decision.
Dr. Atkinson has been in meetings, but I did speak with her and she asked me to give you an update:
Dr. Atkinson has asked staff to delay filling central office positions until the salary review is complete in January.
The School System advertised for central office and other positions as they came open under the normal process. But Dr. Atkinson had not seen the advertisements, nor the 2004 descriptions of positions and salaries.
She has now directed that any advertisements for central office positions come through her office for review.
Dr. Atkinson started the salary and position review in response to longstanding parent and citizen concerns, and the public should have confidence in that review process. Again, appreciate your forum and the issues it raises. We’re glad the public has this place to voice their opinions.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog