DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — The DeKalb County Board of Education is asking the community for its views as it begins a search for the district’s next superintendent. 

The board kicked off the search process on Oct. 7 by meeting with BWP and Associates, a national search firm that specializes in assisting school boards that are seeking superintendents.

“Selecting a new superintendent is a significant process that requires that we exercise appropriate due diligence and honor the input and ideas from our community stakeholders,” Board Chair Michael Erwin said. “Participation from our parents, students, teachers, business and community partners is critical in helping us shape the leadership profile of what we are looking for in our next superintendent.”

During the community engagement phase, the board and BWP will gather input from the community that will be used to create a unique profile of what the community is looking for from its next school district leader.

Community members can provide input through community forums on Nov. 6 and 7, and through an online survey that will launch on Nov. 4 at dekalbschoolsga.org/superintendent-search/2019-2020.

The community forums are scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the auditoriums of Chamblee, Tucker and Lithonia high schools, and Thursday, Nov. 7 at Clarkston, Miller Grove and Cedar Grove high schools. All meetings will from 7 to 8 p.m.

“We’re looking forward to these forums,” Erwin said. “DeKalb County School District has talented students from diverse backgrounds and a dedicated staff. The next leader should be familiar with the school district and its unique qualities, as well as continue to expand on current initiatives to improve student achievement.” 

Information received from the community engagement process will be presented to the board along with a draft profile of leadership characteristics for the next superintendent by BWP in December. 

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