Atlanta (WAOK) After negotiating with the lead candidate for DeKalb County School Superintendent, Lillie Cox decided not to seek the position on Saturday. Attorneys for Cox told Dekalb School officials that she had decided to withdraw her name from consideration. The Dekalb School board voted to pursue contract negotiations with Cox after she and two other finalists were interviewed extensively over several weeks. According to the AJC, School Board Chairman Tom Bowen said the exposure of the negotiations played into Cox’s decision.
The AJC reported Saturday morning that, according to a source, there was a sticking point in the talks: Cox, the superintendent of the 4,440-student Hickory Public Schools in North Carolina, wanted a 15-month severance package and a due process hearing before she could be terminated.
Cox wanted a $275,000 salary in a three-year contract. That contract would have been one year longer than the contract term offered to the last Dekalb Superintendent Dr. Crawford Lewis. She also wanted 25 days vacation, $28,000 for moving expenses and $2,000 a month for six months for living expenses during her relocation.
The Dekalb County School board is scheduled to meet Monday morning to discuss the next steps. There is now word that Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson may want to keep the job permanently although Tyson has said in the past she was not interested in pursuing the position.