Michael Thurmond has been getting a lot of advice these last few days since he accepted the job of interim school chief in DeKalb County.
Let me add mine.
Mr. Thurmond, Do not confuse the DeKalb County Schools with the DeKalb County Board of Education. They are not one and the same. Your focus must be the schools and the children, not the troubled school board.
You are beginning to worry parents with your focus on nine adults who should be able to make their own case to the state Board of Education to keep their jobs.
Today, you announced to DeKalb lawmakers that you’re going to be the lone voice speaking on the board’s behalf next week when the state Board of Education considers again whether to recommend the board’s ouster to the governor.
You said: “I will articulate the facts and make the case on behalf of the DeKalb school district at the hearing on Feb. 21. I look forward to the opportunity.”
Stay home and stay out of it. Those nine people aren’t your responsibility. Focus instead on the 99,000 other people in DeKalb Schools counting on you, the students.
Put them first. Someone has to.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog