A national search will begin this summer for the next superintendent of the DeKalb County School District.
Superintendent R. Stephen Green advised the DeKalb County Board of Education of his decision to not seek to extend his contract. He said he intends to continue serving in his current role through June 30, 2020 and attributed his departure to personal reasons after thoughtful consideration with his family.
“We are grateful to Superintendent Green for his service to our district for the last four years. He is a dynamic leader with a strong focus on student achievement leading to higher education, work and life-long learning,” said Michael Erwin, Chair of the DeKalb County Board of Education. “During his tenure we’ve seen the system’s graduation rates increase as well as student participation in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs.”
“Change in leadership can be challenging, so we are thankful Dr. Green will be with us for one more year as we conduct a thorough and thoughtful search for our next superintendent,” Erwin continued. “We are committed to a collaborative transition to ensure the future success for our District’s students.”
During Green’s tenure, the district regained full accreditation and received a five-year renewal in 2017 from AdvancED. His vision to decentralize the District office to place more emphasis on support services in the field for students and their families has led the way for significant academic growth and achievement, according to officials. However, the district has continued to struggle with teacher turnover and losses in cabinet staff.
Green became DCSD Superintendent/CEO in July 2015. Prior to joining DCSD, he was superintendent of the Kansas City Public Schools.
“The DeKalb County Schools community is truly inspirational. I am proud to have the opportunity to help lead our students to achieve educational excellence alongside our exceptional teachers and staff,” said Green. “I’m excited to see what the future holds for our District and our students – both have limitless potential.”
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