Two articles in the AJC focused on our superintendent search today.
First there's this, Gloria Davis withdraws from DeKalb superintendent consideration
Gloria Davis is no longer in the running to be DeKalb's next school superintendent.
Davis, currently the superintendent of Decatur Public Schools in Illinois, announced Friday she was removing herself from consideration.
DeKalb school board chairman Tom Bowen said he learned of the news Friday. The board met Friday to get an update on negotiations with the two remaining finalists: Arthur R. Culver of Champaign Community Unit School District No. 4 in Illinois, and Lillie M. Cox of Hickory Public Schools in North Carolina. A decision is expected any day.
And then a rather obvious commentary -
Public trust key issue for next DeKalb superintendent
DeKalb County's next school superintendent will be selected partly on his or her ability to build public trust, so successes in their current jobs might offer clues about what stakeholders can expect here.
School board Chairman Tom Bowen said the finalists were asked specifically how they would address credibility issues in the district, which over the past year has been distracted by accreditation scares, leadership scandals and squabbling between board members.
"That was clearly an area we were paying a lot of attention to," Bowen said. "If you look at the things that impact the district, a lot of the issues we have today are tied to rebuilding a level of trust and credibility as a result of things that go back many years.