DEKALB COUNTY, Ga, April 14, 2015 – by Stephanie Miller – The search to replace Dekalb County Superintendent, Michael Thurmond, has officially started.
The Dekalb County School Board (DCSB) has hired the search firm, PROACT Search, LLC to recruit potential applicants. Ads were placed in publications and online to promote the opening.
“Beyond advertisement, other methods of recruiting, such as, face to face recruiting visits, video conference meetings, and phone calls. A great number of e-mails were sent by PROACT Search presenting the position profile and requesting nominations or applications,” explained PROACT Search CEO, Gary Solomon.
Recipients included: (1) administrators in Georgia, the Southeast and nation-wide, (2) Superintendents nation-wide in districts of similar size, (3) members of New Leaders for New Schools, (4) professional education and business organizations and leaders in the nationwide, (5) individuals known to or lists maintained by PROACT Search, (6) and executives in higher education.
The DCSB approved a timeline for the search.The application deadline was April 10th and 120 candidates submitted applications. Now, several steps must happen quickly:
⦁ Screening of candidates, including interviews, rubrics, reference checks, and other information
⦁ Presentation of top 20-25 candidates to the Community Liaison Group on April 23, 2015
⦁ Presentation of top 8-12 candidates to the Board of Education on April 23, 2015
⦁ Coordination of first round interviews
⦁ First Round CONFIDENTIAL Interviews—Early May
⦁ Selection of Finalist Candidate(s)
⦁ Coordination of finalist interviews and processing of full background checks
⦁ Finalist Interview(s)–TBD
⦁ Deliberation and selection of new Superintendent of Schools for DCSD—TBD
The DCSB voted to employ Thurmond in early 2013 until the position could be filled permanently. He transitioned into the job at a critical time for the school system. It had been placed on probation by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The system is now off probation and the accreditation status has been upgraded from “Accredited – Warned” to “Accredited – On Advisement.”