DeKalb School District Set to Part Ways With Atkinson

Feb 7, 2013

The DeKalb County school board will vote Friday on a separation agreement with superintendent Cheryl Atkinson.
Credit DeKalb County Schools
The DeKalb County schools will soon need a new superintendent. DeKalb Schools’ spokesperson Lillian Govus tells WABE the school board will make some key decisions at a meeting Friday afternoon.

“The board will meet tomorrow for a called meeting and at that they will vote on the approval of a separation agreement with Dr. Cheryl Atkinson and then vote on the approval of an employment agreement with an interim superintendent,” Govus says.

Govus said the separation agreement is a negotiated contract and does not mean that Dr. Atkinson has resigned. The board has met in executive session for almost two weeks. Speculation about Atkinson’s impending departure began late last week.

Govus declined to say whether the board has chosen an interim yet. However, former Georgia labor commissioner Michael Thurmond confirmed Monday he’d met with the DeKalb school board to offer his help. Thurmond also indicated he’d consider serving as interim superintendent if the board asked him to do so.