DeKalb School Board to Vote on Atkinson Separation Agreement

The board is set to meet on Friday at 4 pm.

Updated: Thursday, Feb. 7, 6:17 p.m.

A statement has just been released by the DeKalb County School District:

The DeKalb County Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson have mutually agreed to end their relationship effective Friday, February 8, 2013. The Board and Dr. Atkinson each determined and believe that it is in the best interest of all concerned that there be a mutual separation and they wish each other well in all their future endeavors.

Original article:

Cheryl Atkinson's tenure as superintendent of the DeKalb County school system is apparently coming to an end.

Channel 2 Action News is reporting that DeKalb's board of education will vote on a separation agreement with Atkinson on Friday.

The board is set to meet at 4 pm.

A copy of the meeting's agenda obtained by Patch shows the item on the board's agenda, as well as an authorization for a contract for an interim superintendent.

A PDF of the meeting's agenda is attached to this article.

Speculation has been mounting over the past week that Atkinson's tenure might be coming to an end, as the DeKalb school board continues to remain accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges.

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MrMatt February 08, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Nothing meaningful will happen until there is true outcry that brings national attention and business leader focus to the problem. Grady Hospital crisis and ultimate turnaround is the path and model, and cautionary tale of the challenges in fixing institutions in this racially divided area. Until the outcry moves from blogs to the streets, the expedient solutions will be to push one 'acceptable enough' AA leader after another into leadership roles with lip service towards fixing things. This quiets the critics temporarily, buying a few more years of no real change. This system needs an overhaul but the politics of it all require some community business leaders to unite with political leaders and rise above the racially charged cronyism. Sadly I'm not optimistic we'll see that approach despite the depths of the abyss we seem to face.
Tammy February 08, 2013 at 02:22 PM
I sure hope she gets a big payout for helping the children so much! It makes me feel so happy when I get that ever increasing property tax bill because I *know* that money is being spent wisely and we have wonderful results to show for it.
Lucy Mauterer February 08, 2013 at 03:13 PM
I'm sorry to see this turn of events. Dr. Atkinson has done a great job, given the contentious and poorly functioning Dekalb County School Board she has had to work with. I think we are going about this backwards. The school board needs to be replaced first. They are the problem. We have never in my memory had an audit of the system. Under her tenure, the entire system has both been audited and the results of that audit posted for the public to see. She has brought transparency to the district, something that we desperately needed. I think we are making a huge mistake and we will regret it next year.
David Warlick February 08, 2013 at 08:59 PM
I agree with Lucy. Dr. Atkinson was the solution, not the problem. The problem is the extraordinarily low funding, something like $7,000/student. Private schools are closer to $40,000/student/year.
Sally February 09, 2013 at 04:20 AM
Hard to be impressed when her immediate response to the plagarist she hired was that he would not be fired because it happened before he was "officially" an employee. That kind of logic is what has caused the problems there. She needed to go and so do all the board members. A fresh start! And, I am hopeful about Michael Thurmond.


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