It is done. The Dekalb County School Board voted 6-1 Thursday to initiate an employment contract with Dr. R. Stephen Green as Superintendent of Schools. According to the school district, the contract is for three years with an annual base salary of $300,000. Green will begin serving on July 1. He replaces Superintendent Michael Thurmond who was appointed to the position in February 2013.
The lone opposition came from board member Dr. Joyce Morley. “We didn’t need to rush”, she said during Thursday’s vote. Morley said that the board should have “investigated a little further.” She was referring to the company that was hired to conduct the search for a superintendent and the revelations of racist comments that were attributed to the CEO of the company. The school board fired the company. Green, according to Board Chair Dr. Melvin Johnson, is from the more than 100 applicants put forth by the company.
“After a comprehensive nearly six-month search, the Board has selected an experienced, well-suited educational leader to move the District forward under his successful innovative approaches to teaching and learning,” says Johnson. “Dr. Green brings an impressive record to DeKalb not only from Kansas City, but also from New York, New Jersey, and Indiana. He was a stabilizing force in Kansas City, and will do the same here in DeKalb County.”
I spoke to Johnson and Morley about Green and their hopes for the future of the Dekalb County School District.