DeKalb School Board Votes On Chief’s Departure

ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – The Dekalb County school board has agreed to accept the resignation of its superintendent.

DeKalb County school board members met today to discuss the particulars of  Dr. Cheryl Atkinson’s resignation.

Spokeswoman Lillian Govus says Atkinson and school board members on Thursday decided a mutual separation agreement was in the best interest for everyone involved.

Atkinson’s resignation will be effective at midnight Feb. 8 and a separation agreement requires the district to pay her more than $114,500 over the next five months. The agreement also requires Atkinson to participate in any legal matters related to her tenure as superintendent.

The district was placed on probation through the end of 2013 by an accreditation agency after officials found evidence of fiscal mismanagement and unethical practices.

The DeKalb County school board also voted to name former Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond interim superintendent.

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